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Maddow: Voting rights now in hands of men who think ‘dinosaur farts’ cause global warming

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Shelby, Alabama v. Attorney General Eric Holder, in which Chief Justice John Roberts and the four other conservative judges on the court ruled that Section 4 of the historic…

Manchin tells Fox News: Obama declared ‘war on America’ with climate speech

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Wednesday lashed out at President Barack Obama for declaring “war on America” by calling for new strategies to limit pollution from coal-fired power pants. A day after Obama spoke at Georgetown University about his new plan to fight climate change, Manchin took to Fox News…

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to reach long-awaited verdicts on Wednesday concerning both California’s Proposition 8 banning same sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which does the same on the federal level. Prop. 8 was passed in California in 2008 following a state Supreme Court ruling…

Paula Deen fights back: I’m prejudiced against ‘thieves and liars’

Disgraced celebrity cook Paula Deen on Wednesday explained her use of racial slurs by saying that she was prejudiced against “thieves and liars.” After skipping out on an interview with NBC’s Today Show on Friday, Deen finally appeared on Wednesday and cried throughout the 14-minute interview, but without a single…

‘Unruly mob’ shouts abortion bill to death in Texas

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) called them an “unruly mob,” but last night with just minutes to go, hundreds of Texas women finished out a filibuster started 11 hours earlier by Sen. Wendy Davis (D), preventing a final vote from taking place on a massive anti-abortion bill by literally shouting…

Watch live: George Zimmerman on trial for second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on June 26.…

Colbert on voting rights ruling: ‘Let racism go nuts for a few years’

On what he called “the night African-American history ended,” Stephen Colbert defended white people against having to take part on a national conversation on racism in the wake of Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling gutting the Voting Rights Act. “Doesn’t that make racism worse, because it keeps reinforcing what race everybody…

Julia Gillard ousted as Prime Minister of Australia after party coup

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) – Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. The reinstatement of…

Controversial fugitive and Clinton-pardoned trader Marc Rich dies at 78

By Alice Baghdjian LUCERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Billionaire Marc Rich, who invented oil trading and was pardoned by President Bill Clinton over the then-biggest tax evasion case in U.S. history and busting sanctions with Iran, died on Wednesday from a stroke in Switzerland at 78. Rich fled the Holocaust with…

Discovery of new flame-headed bird species astounds conservationists

A new species of bird with a distinctive orange-red coloured tuft of feathers on its head has been found in Cambodia’s populous capital city, conservationists said on Wednesday. The remarkable discovery of the Cambodian tailorbird, or orthotomus chaktomuk, in Phnom Penh — and several other locations including a construction site…

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