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News Update - Oct 8, 2012

News Update - October 8, 2012

10 Conspiracy Theories Hatched by Conservative Fearmongers As Election Day Nears
Mark Howard, AlterNet
The frequency and outlandishness of their conspiratorial imaginations grows in sync with their desperation. With Obama ahead in the polls, let's take a look at the absurdities hatched by our conservative fearmongers. READ MORE»
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GOPer Calls Paul Krugman a ‘Liar’ For Telling The Truth
Sy Mukherjee, Think Progress
Watch GOP political consultant Mary Matalin got into a heated exchange with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. READ MORE»
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5 Ways Mitt Romney Would Double Down on U.S. Empire and Hegemony
Alex Kane, AlterNet
Romney's Virgina speech on foreign policy was boilerplate content, with nods to the belligerent neoconservative wing of the Republican Party. READ MORE»
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Parents of Dead Teen Ask Why Police Shot Their Naked, Unarmed Son
By Alex Kane, AlterNet
Friends and family are demanding answers as to why the student, 18-year-old Gil Collar, was shot by police. READ MORE»
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Is Your Money Safe? Russian Cyber Gang May Be Planning the Great American Bank Heist
By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet
Armed with “zombies” and “botnets”, invisible cyber hooligans are said to have designs on your account. READ MORE»
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Christian Right Goes Gangsta: Lesbian Mom Claims Shady Fundamentalists Helped Abduct her Child
By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet
How did a happy civil union end in a homophobic kidnapping horror? READ MORE»
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Watch: Big Bird Responds to Mitt Romney's Debate Threat on 'Saturday Night Live'
By Alex Kane, AlterNet
The big yellow bird was sleepy--'Saturday Night Live' is way past his bedtime. READ MORE»
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Chavez Wins Another Six-Year Term in Venezuela
By Laurent Thomet
Chavez's rival, 40-year-old Capriles, was gracious in defeat, saying: "I accept and respect the decision of the people." READ MORE»
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