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Pope Francis replaces scandal-plagued top aide

The Vatican began a new chapter on Tuesday with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin. The reform-minded new Secretary of State comes in as Francis mulls an overhaul of the way the Roman Catholic Church is run…

Glenn Greenwald leaves The Guardian for ‘dream journalistic opportunity’ to head up his own online news site

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who published multiple reports this year based on former security consultant Edward Snowden’s files detailing the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance in the U.S. and abroad, will be leaving the British newspaper the Guardian for an unidentified new media outlet, Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday. “My partnership with…

Florida cops plan to photograph motorists who drive too close to sex workers

Police in Sanford, Florida, will begin photographing motorists they suspect are trying to pick up prostitutes and notifying them by mail that they were spotted, WKMG-TV reported on Monday. “If you’re loitering in the city at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning or 3 o’clock in the morning after…

Naked Florida man fatally shot by passing motorist after having clothes stolen

The family of a Florida man is searching for answers after he was shot by a passing motorist while running home naked because his clothes had been stolen while at the beach. Jandei Cherry, who The Orlando Sentinel described as a 22-year-old “free-spirited musician and doting father,” had decided to…

Archaeologist: Most prehistoric cave art painted by women, not men

Most of the prehistoric cave paintings found in France and Spain were made by women, researchers have determined. The art has long been assumed to have been painted by men, because the works often depict game animals such as bison, reindeer and wooly mammoths, but new research suggests otherwise. Archaeologist…

Gohmert pushes impeachment: Obama ‘getting close to a high crime and misdemeanor’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday amped his recent impeachment rhetoric by claiming that President Barack Obama was “getting close to a high crime and misdemeanor.” Fox News host Alisyn Camerota pointed out to Gohmert that after two weeks of a government shutdown, Republicans were basically guaranteed to lose on…

“Babies Are Cute” And Other Non-Starter Arguments For Forced Childbearing

Kittens: Cuter than many human babies, but still you are not required to take them on if you don’t want them. There were many unrepentant assholes speaking at the Values Voter Summit this past weekend, but Dr. Ben Carson’s speech was a standout even then.  It was a marvel of…

Exporting war: Obama loosens trade controls on the U.S. defense industry

The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions. Come tomorrow, thousands of parts of military aircraft, such…

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to three criminal charges

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges related to the sexual harassment allegations that drove him from office after less than a year. Filner admitted to one count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery in incidents involving three unnamed women. Under the…

Watch comedian Janine Brito destroy ‘tyrannical imperialist scumbag’ Christopher Columbus

Monday night on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” comedian Janine Brito suggested we start celebrating colobus monkeys rather than Christopher Columbus. Americans celebrate Columbus Day on the second Monday in October and many people falsely assume the Italian explorer discovered the present-day United States. But Columbus never set foot…

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