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CPAC: Where they roll out the red carpet for angry Islamaphobes but gay conservatives have to sneak in

Attendees at this weekends Conservative Political Action Conference — especially those with an interest in diversity within the conservative movement — were greeted this morning with a surprising addition to Saturday’s schedule: sponsor Breitbart News Network announced it would be hosting a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon called “The Uninivited:…

Texas inmate accidentally hires sheriff as hitman

A Texas man already in jail for assaulting his wife could now spend life in prison for allegedly attempting to hire a local sheriff to kill her. KXAS-TV reported on Thursday that 53-year-old Tab Denny Johnson was indicted on March 7 on two counts of solicitation of capital murder after…

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day: This is how science describes a hangover

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, now’s a good time to rethink the traditional approach to the Irish high holiday and give a second look at what all that boozing really does to your body. The best tips from a recent post to the Bytesize Science YouTube channel:…

Maryland lawmakers ban death penalty

The Maryland General Assembly approved a ban of the death penalty on Friday, CNN reported. The bill, which passed in an 82-56 voted, now goes to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) for approval. According to WUSA-TV, he is expected to sign the bill into effect and make Maryland the 18th state…

Accused Steubenville rapist’s text: Victim was like ‘dead body’ that night

A blizzard of text messages sent and received by Steubenville, Ohio rape suspect and football player and his friends paint a harrowing and horrifying portrait of the night of the alleged gang rape. Yahoo! Sports reported that for more than two hours on Tuesday, forensic specialist JoAnn Gibb read selections…

Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin push for Soviet-era program to make Russians ‘fit for military service’

With Steven Seagal in tow, Putin pushes for Soviet-era phys-ed revival (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Russian President Vladimir Putin (l.) and US movie actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow, Wednesday. Mr. Putin has called for the revival of the Soviet-era physical…

Bush-era state secrecy expert: Presidents abuse power like in Kafka or Orwell novels

William Leonard, who oversaw state secrecy under George W Bush, says successive US presidents have abused system Successive US presidents, including Barack Obama, have abused the system for handling classified information to expand their executive powers, the former senior official who oversaw state secrecy under George W Bush has claimed.…

Book written by Francis reveals radical pope in the making

Book written as a cardinal shows a man with a profound social conscience and professing a genuine belief in interfaith dialogue In his own words, Pope Francis comes over as a clever, thoughtful and skilful mixture of social conservative and radical progressive who preaches zero tolerance of pederast priests but…

Most of the money raised by super PACs in 2012 went to consultants

By Kim Barker, ProPublica In August 2008, as the right wing of the Republican Party grew increasingly disenchanted with the party’s direction, the men from Russo, Marsh and Associates sensed opportunity: They created a political action committee, Our Country Deserves Better, and in time launched the Tea Party Express. Russo,…

Violin played by band member who sank with Titanic found in attic in England

The violin from the band that played as the Titanic sank has been found in an attic in England, a British auction house said on Friday. The rosewood violin was believed to have disappeared beneath the waves when its owner, band leader Wallace Hartley, drowned with some 1,500 others onboard…

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