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United Nations decries widespread use of torture in Libya

Torture is widespread in Libyan detention centres run by brigades which emerged during the 2011 revolution, a UN report said Tuesday, urging Tripoli to bring all facilities under full state control. “The report indicates that torture is widespread and most frequent immediately after arrest and during the first days of…

Russia ‘to charge Greenpeace group with piracy’

Greenpeace activists detained in Russia for an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling will on Wednesday be formally charged with piracy, the Interfax news agency said, citing an unnamed source. If found guilty, the 30 detained activists could face a maximum punishment of 15 years in jail. “They will be…

Cops fatally shoot Texas homeowner who shot and killed intruder

Police fatally shot a Texas homeowner shortly after the man shot and killed an intruder Thursday night in an alley behind his home. Neighbors said William Hall was reclusive and had recently received notices from the city about uncut grass and other code violations, reported The Dallas Morning News. The…

Buck Angel describes his experience growing up as a transgender man

Monday night on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, transgender pornstar Buck Angel and LGBT advocate explained what it was like growing up as a transgender person. Angel was born a girl but always felt like a “he.” His gender identity didn’t become a problem until he reached puberty, he said.…

Rand Paul: ‘We haven’t had a big debate about Obamacare’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asserted on Tuesday that shutting down the government over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law was a productive exercise “because we haven’t had a big debate about Obamacare, really, since it passed.” Speaking to CNN host Kate Bolduan, Paul declared that Republicans had attempted to…

Creationists in Minnesota kill ‘Inherit the Wind’ theater production

A community theater production of “Inherit the Wind” was canceled last month after creationists complained. Final auditions had been scheduled for Aug. 30 on the campus of Martin Luther College, in New Ulm, Minnesota, for the play, which dramatizes a fictional version of the landmark Scopes “Monkey Trial,” reported The…

‘Deuce Bigalow’ actor: I haven’t made a movie in California in 7 years because of Democrats

“Saturday Night Live” alumnus and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” actor Rob Schneider appeared in a short video (embedded below) with California Assemblyman — and Republican gubernatorial hopeful — Tim Donnelly and Politichicks reporter Ann-Marie Murrell on Monday. In the video, Schneider declared that he hasn’t worked on a film in…

Fox News’ Kilmeade slams GOP for shutdown: ’8 million more people voted for’ Obamacare

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade may be the last person anyone expected to make the case for President Barack Obama’s health care reform law — but that’s exactly what he did on Tuesday. Just hours after a stalemate in Congress forced a partial government shutdown, Fox & Friends host Elisabeth…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: GOP can’t accept they lost in 2012

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz blamed Republicans early Tuesday morning for shutting down the government by attaching anti-Obamacare measures to an emergency spending bill. “The government shutdown is an act of gross irresponsibility on the part of House Republicans who are unwilling to accept the fact that 11 months ago,…

Colbert recaps series finale of U.S. government in ‘Breaking Gov’

On Monday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert recapped the season finale of the U.S. government, which shut down at midnight on Monday night, thanks to a Republican funding bill that refuses to allow the government to function as long as the Affordable Care Act — also…

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