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Rachel Maddow blasts GOP intransigence: ‘Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow outlined the Republican path toward grinding the government to a halt on Monday night, pointing out that on multiple occasions over the past few years, GOP lawmakers and candidates swore they would do just that. “There is nothing about the last few weeks of political back-and-forth…

Food distributor Sysco under USDA investigation

Investigations into the food storage practices of one of the country’s largest food distributors have reached the federal level, KNTV-TV reported on Monday. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told KNTV that they have begun probing Sysco Corporation following a complaint received at the USDA’s office in Alameda,…

‘Breaking Bad’: A Tragic Gay Love Story

Sunday night’s Breaking Bad finale was incredible. It was the first time my sympathy for Walter White outweighed my anger toward him. I teared up when I saw him talk to Skylar for the last time, look at his daughter for the last time and see his son for the…

Ex-Microsoft privacy chief: After finding out about NSA spying, ‘I don’t trust Microsoft now’

Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of Prism data-sharing program when he worked at software firm Microsoft’s former chief privacy officer says he does not have faith in the security of the software company’s technology, following revelations about the U.S’s NSA spy agency published in the Guardian. Caspar Bowden, who…

Two U.S. generals fired after security lapse at Afghan base

The commandant of the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan. General James Amos announced the extraordinary decision after a military investigation found Major General Charles Gurganus and Major General Gregg Sturdevant…

WATCH: Motorcyclists chase SUV down leading up to NYC street attack

A 33-year-old man was hospitalized after being caught by a gang of motorcyclists following a chase through New York City highways into city streets on Sunday. DNAinfo New York reported that the beginning of the encounter was caught on a helmet camera worn by one of the riders. The video…

Texas Republican tells Cruz: ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ on giving up paycheck

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who was promoting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a viable presidential candidate just 10 days ago, challenged him on Monday to give up his paycheck in the increasingly likely event of a federal government shutdown. “Ted, put your money where your mouth is,” Farenthold said in…

No golden smiles: More than half of 2012 Olympic athletes had bad teeth

Many elite athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games had levels of oral health similar to those of poverty-stricken communities, a study said Monday. Researchers at University College London examined the teeth and gums of 302 athletes who visited a dental clinic at the London 2012 Olympic Village. The…

Activists rip new Hungarian anti-homelessness law

Hungary’s parliament passed a law late Monday allowing local municipalities to prohibit rough sleeping, a move rights campaigners say criminalises homelessness. The new law claims to protect “public order, security, health, and cultural value” and empowers local authorities to designate areas as out-of-bounds for homeless people, as well as evict…

Roma families accused of using kids like criminal conscripts

Three Croatian Roma families traded women on the strength of their stealing skills and used children like conscripts to a criminal army, a French court was told Monday. A total of 27 people aged between 19 and 55 are charged by the court in Nancy, eastern France, with offences ranging…

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