Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah (Don LaVange/Flickr)

Republican committee chair admits: No evidence Planned Parenthood misused federal funding

“Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes,” Chaffetz said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting. “Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any."
Bristol Palin, oldest daughter of former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, at a book signing in Phoenix, Arizona (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Bristol Palin pushes bogus claim that 10-year-olds are getting birth control in Washington state

“It is crazy that the government is offering a controversial form of birth control that can have serious life-long side effects to 10-year-old CHILDREN,” Palin wrote on her blog. “But then to do all of this behind a parent’s back is simply outrageous!”
Muslim men praying in Wakulla County (Facebook)

Storm of paranoia and hate erupts in Florida town after photo shows Muslims praying at beach

One woman at the commission meeting tearfully said she’s seen threats on social media to lynch Wakulla residents who are not Christian.
Little boy looking at his arm while receiving vaccine (Shutterstock)

Oops! Anti-vaxxer group’s $250,000 study proves that vaccines don’t cause autism

Most experts today agree that the belief that childhood vaccines cause autism is based on bunk science. Even still, some advocacy groups claim immunizations are responsible for raising the risk for this neurodevelopmental condition, despite a growing body of research that shows there isn’t a link.
Summer Loveless (Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office)

Cop busts GOP senator’s wife for suspended license so she blares music to drown out his voice

According to a police report, an officer had observed Summer Loveless driving at a high rate of speed on Sunday, while coming within four feet of the cars in front of her.

Speaker Paul Ryan? Here’s what you need to know about his biggest influence — the lunatic Ayn Rand

Here's a treasure trove of background info on the woman who inspired the man who could be the next Speaker of the House
Congressmen John Boehner (left) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (right) during a 2010 press conference (House GOP/Flickr)

House Republicans in chaos as favorite Kevin McCarthy quits Speaker race

Republicans in Congress were plunged into turmoil on Thursday when California Representative Kevin McCarthy surprisingly dropped out of the race, throwing the party’s ability to govern into question.
Teenage white boy points rifle at school (Shutterstock)

Idaho teen threatened to ‘kill all the girls’ because cheerleaders wouldn’t send him any ‘freaking nudes’

A 15-year-old boy was charged with one count each of threatening violence at a school and telephone harassment in connection with the threats — which spread quickly across social media.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson appears on CNN on Sept. 14, 2015. [YouTube]

Ben Carson: I got held up once at Popeye’s — but I told the gunman to rob an employee, instead

Ben Carson has been bragging all week that he would charge head-on at gunmen, if he ever encountered one — and now he says he actually has been faced with that threat.