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Is the shutdown over? Senate leaders say they have hammered out a compromise

US senators scrambled together an eleventh hour compromise Wednesday that they hoped might protect Washington’s battered financial standing by heading off fears of a default. The Senate deal must still pass a divided and unpredictable House of Representatives, but lawmakers were hopeful it will allow the US government to reopen…

Republican can’t figure out why government shutdown shut down government parks

For nearly six minutes on Wednesday morning, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) angrily berated the head of the National Park Service for closing down parks and memorials in Washington, D.C. During a joint committee hearing, the Republican congressman asked NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis why protesters associated with Occupy Wall Street were…

Missouri officials call for grand jury in Maryville rape case

High-ranking government officials are calling for a new investigation into a sexual-assault case in northwest Missouri that’s drawn international attention. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Republican House Speaker Tim Jones have called on the state’s attorney general and Nordaway County’s prosecuting attorney to reopen the case of 14-year-old Daisy…

Drunk Florida man sets self on fire while lighting Halloween cross-burning ‘prank’

A Florida man is recovering from burns on up to 50 percent of his body after he reportedly set himself on fire while trying light a cross-burning decoration for Halloween. According to Florida Today, Palm Bay police identified 50-year-old Ron Nielson as the man being treated for burns by Palm…

Matt Drudge: Get ready for the return of ‘Speaker Pelosi’

Conservative media leader Matt Drudge appears to believe that the Republican Party could lose its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Talking Points Memo, the Drudge Report proprietor tweeted to his 200,000 followers on Wednesday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will regain the gavel she once held as…

Will Germany’s ‘bling bishop’ cause more people to leave the church?

Germany’s Roman Catholic Church, already grappling with the fallout from a child sex scandal, fears losing more followers — and financing — because of public anger over a big-spending “bling bishop”. For the past week the Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, has generated damaging headlines after the cost of…

Simple Answers To Overwrought, Hysterical Questions

Well, sort of. People writing meltdown pieces about the supposed evils of feminism don’t actually ask the questions that their shitty freakouts are based on. Perhaps if they did, they might realize that their fear and anger towards feminism is really misplaced and really, women can be equal to men…

Police arrest 28-year-old man linked to dry ice ‘bombs’ at Los Angeles airport

A man has been arrested in connection with explosive devices made from dry ice found at the Los Angeles International Airport, police said Wednesday. The suspect, Dicarlo Bennett, was taken into custody Tuesday and booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. Bail has been set at $1…

Michigan woman says campus ministry fired her, but not male colleagues, after getting divorced

A Michigan woman sued a campus ministry that she says fired her because of her divorce, even though two male colleagues kept their jobs after getting divorced and remarried. Alyce Conlon worked as a spiritual director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship from 2004 until December 2011, according to the wrongful-termination suit…

Arizona security guard fatally shoots girlfriend while trying to scare her with gun

A small community in Arizona is in shock after a security guard said he accidentally shot and killed his 19-year-old girlfriend while trying to frighten her with his firearm. According to KVOA, deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Red Rock Feeding in Red Rock just…

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