Local Progressives Rejoice After Obama Finally Backs Net Neutrality

Blais Alleyne
Upcoming political and legal battles will determine the internet's future

In a statement that drew nonsensical metaphors from the right and belated optimism from the left, President Obama finally publicly supported equal internet access for all yesterday.

Obama's statement set the stage for a legal and political battle newly re-elected Sen. Al Franken has repeatedly called "the First Amendment Issue of our time."

See also: The Fall of Net Neutrality: Cable's Plot to Destroy the Internet

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Sarah Palin coming to Mall of America to sign copies of her new "War on Christmas" book

Will she be glitterbombed?
Vice Presidential candidate-turned-unintentional punchline Sarah Palin will be signing copies of her new book at the Mall of America's Barnes & Noble store on Friday, November 22 from 6 until 8 p.m.

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The book, entitled "Good Tidings and Great Joy," explores "the traditional roots and true meaning of Christmas," according to a press release. In other words, it's about one of the gravest threats confronting our civilization today -- the "War on Christmas."

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Tom Barnard vs. Howard Stern: The Origin of the Feud

National radio personality Howard Stern has been a rather prominent footnote in the tale of Tom Barnard's meltdown last week.

After several bizarre Twitter diatribes, Barnard took to his airwaves Friday morning to announce that he is seeking treatment for substance abuse and anger issues.

But yesterday, on Easter Sunday of all days, Barnard returned to Twitter to make clear that turning over a new leaf didn't mean turning the other cheek when it came to his long-running feud with Stern.
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Obama motorcade goes to Bachelor Farmer [VIDEO] [PHOTOS]

Categories: National, Politics
Tony Nelson
Is that Obama in that car?
President Obama's motorcade was met with cheering crowds as well as several notable protests as it cruised through downtown on the way to Bachelor Farmer for lunch this afternoon.

A crowd of several hundred people lined the streets and waited in eager anticipation as police cordoned off the intersection of Washington and 2nd Ave. North (yes, Obama cruised past Sex World, but didn't stop in).

Here are some photos of the protesters and a video of the motorcade's arrival.

SLIDESHOW: Obama's Visit: Signs of the Times

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Somali suicide bomber from Minneapolis: "Do Jihad in America"

Categories: National, Somalis
Somalia's civil war claims another Minnesotan.
A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Mogadishu yesterday in an attack that killed 10 had traveled to Somalia from Minneapolis in 2008.

Abdisalan Ali had emigrated to Minnesota with his family when he was 2 years old, but was among 20 local youths who returned to the war-torn land to fight in its civil war back in 2008. He is the fourth American to kill himself in a suicide attack in Somalia.

In a clip posted by an Al-Qaida-linked militant group on Somalimemo.net today, the man alleged to be Ali urges fellow Muslims to conduct attacks in Western countries.

"My brothers and sisters, do Jihad in America, do Jihad in Canada, do Jihad in England, anywhere in Europe, in Asia, in Africa, in China, in Australia," the suicide bomber urges.

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Michele Bachmann as the Wicked Witch of the Midwest [IMAGE]

Michele Bachmann is a witchy woman
This week's new issue of City Pages features a presidential portrait of Michele Bachmann that is stunning in its realism and ability to capture her inner soul.

The official portrait by Scott Anderson, commissioned by CP for the issue on stands tomorrow and online now, shows Bachmann dressed as the Wicked Witch of the Midwest.

Reached for comment, Michele Bachmann said, "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"

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Michele Bachmann on slavery: We are all Kunta Kinte now

Michele Bachmann watched Roots and is now an expert on the slave experience.
Michele Bachmann's campaign is trying to back away from signing a pledge claiming African Americans were better off during slavery than under the Obama presidency.

But in issuing the quasi-apology, the Bachmann campaign remained unable to relinquish the main underlying point: that black people are better off as free citizens than they were during slavery.

In fact, Bachmann spokesman Alice Stewart purposely drew yet another allusion to slavery on Sunday by describing life under Obama as a form of "economic slavery."

"In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believe[s] that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible."

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St. Paul Saints Weiner boxer shorts may be grossest ballpark giveaway ever

Categories: National, Sports
The scandal-savvy St. Paul Saints have jumped on Weinergate with the ball club's latest bizarre giveaway.

This time, the first 1,501 fans who are 18 or over will receive a snazzy pair of boxer shorts that commemorate Weiner's most famous photo--the one with the bulge.

While we normally enjoy the sardonic sensibility of the scrappy minor league club's marketing department, this one feels like a whiff.

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Tim Pawlenty calls Obama a "Doofus," but photo comparison tells the real story

Categories: National, T-Paw
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Tim Pawlenty unleashed a rank straight out of 8th grade when he called President Barack Obama a "doofus" on CNN.

This bust is so old school  it doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry.

So what exactly is a doofus, anyway?

Does Barack Obama resemble a doofus?

And should a doofus who lives in a glass house cast the first stone?

All these questions and more will be answered if you join us on the flipslide!

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Osama bin Laden photos on the Internet wage jihad against your hard drive [UPDATE]

Categories: National
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Osama bin Laden is dead. His body was buried at sea. The White House and the Pentagon have photos of the U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan, but they haven't released the pictures to the public.

There's obviously a huge demand to see a photo or video of bin Laden with a bullet through his skull. But if you see an e-mail, or a tweet, or a Facebook update that offers you a link to those grisly images, DON'T click on it.

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