Judge Grants Petition to Allow Chelsea Manning to Legally Change Her Name

How Chelsea Manning sees herself A petition to allow Chelsea Manning to change her legal name from “Bradley Edward Manning” to “Chelsea Elizabeth Manning” was granted by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning, who disclosed information to WikiLeaks that revealed war crimes and misconduct by American diplomats, is serving a 35-year …read more Via:

Virginia state police tie up 75-year-old woman while they raid wrong apartment

A 75-year-old Virginia woman said she was tied up while state police raided her apartment. Virginia State Police said they executed a search warrant April 10 at the Henrico apartment of Ruth Hunter as part of a drug investigation. Hunter said state police burst through the door that morning, and… …read more Via: rawstory.com     

Numbers of Poor Seniors Would Increase Under Ryan Budget

The U.S. House of Representatives’ recent approval of the Ryan budget resolution threatens programs that help poor seniors. In a disappointing vote, 219 House members gave their blessing to a budget that leaves country’s older adults to struggle with less food, income, housing and care. The Ryan budget’s …read more Via: huffingtonpost.com     

Texas robbery victim forced kill his dog with his bare hands after cop shoots it for barking

A Texas man said this week that he was forced to kill his dog with his bare hands after an officer who he called to investigate a burglary shot the animal because it was barking. Earlier this week, Cole Middleton explained on Facebook that he had contacted the Rains County …read more Via: rawstory.com     

The public are more concerned about inequality than either immigration, cutting taxes or curbing benefits

Tweet New polling found that 76 per cent of voters think big businesses has too much power over the government, reports Luke Hildyard Last week …read more Via: leftfootforward.org     

Schools Need To Be Prepared To Defend Against More Than Just Shootings, Say Experts

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. Large-scale shootings have been a dominant driver of school safety debates, but a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school this month should serve as a reminder that educators need to be prepared for a …read more Via: huffingtonpost.com     

The Theocons Are Coming! The Theocons Are Coming!

Joseph Bottum, the editor of a paleo-conservative Roman Catholic magazine of opinion, has published a new book to rally his fellow Catholic theocons in time for the 2014 mid-term elections. He refers to himself and his fellow theocons as the Swallows of Capistrano. He sees them pitted against the Poster …read more Via: opednews.com     

If Reason Dies, So Goes Civilization

Here is no unqualified defense of what reason (or technology) hath wrought, as negatives of late swamp positives. Further, one doesn—t have to glorify reason to favor it over the true enemy in our midst — unreason — flush with racial superiority, nationalistic frenzies, and knee-jerk militarism that turns troubled …read more Via: opednews.com     

AAP leader files nomination from Varanasi

Leader of India’s Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, Arvind Kejriwal, has filed his nomination to fight elections from the holy city of Varanasi against Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader widely seen as the front-runner to be country’s next prime minister. …read more Via: mwcnews.net     

Congressman’s Attempt To Attack Obamacare Accidentally Exposes His Staffer’s Heath Care Success Story

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak WAUPUN, WISCONSIN — The last thing Obamacare opponent Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) probably expected at a town hall with constituents was to learn that a member of his own staff is benefiting from the law’s provisions. But that’s exactly what happened on Monday, when …read more Via: thinkprogress.org     

Brazil Passes Internet 'Bill of Rights' Marking 'New Era' in Net Freedom

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff signed into the law the first ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ at the NETmundial conference in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. (Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR)A landmark law that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of users was signed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on …read more Via: commondreams.org     

S Korea ferry crew forced to explain actions

Crew members detained over South Korea’s ferry disaster have said they had done their best to launch life rafts, and one suggested possible technical reasons for the ship capsizing. …read more Via: mwcnews.net     

Louisiana bill reducing marijuana possession penalties dies in committee

Louisiana lawmakers will not be reducing the penalties for the possession of an ounce of marijuana and have decided to maintain some of the harshest pot penalties in the country. The sad thing?… …read more Via: tokeofthetown.com     

Despite Israel's Threat, Palestinian Unity Pact Announced

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