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Limbaugh declines to moderate GOP debates because he’s ‘too famous’

Rush Limbaugh said on Thursday that he would decline any offer to moderate Republican presidential debates because he was “too famous” for the job. A Thursday Washington Examiner report said that the Republican National Committee (RNC) was considering conservative radio hosts like Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin as debate…

New York prisons skirt bans on solitary confinement for mentally ill by reclassifying prisoners’ mental status

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica This story was co-produced with WNYC. When Amir Hall entered New York state prison for a parole violation in November 2009, he came with a long list of psychological problems. Hall arrived at the prison from a state psychiatric hospital, after he had tried to suffocate…

Glenn Beck praises racist anti-Obama rodeo clown as ‘a brave artist’

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday said that a rodeo clown was a “brave artist” after he had been criticized for turning the Missouri State Fair into a “Klan rally” by putting on a mask of President Barack Obama. Earlier this week, fairgoers said that a rodeo clown had…

Ex-Navy chaplain: Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis is possessed by a ‘demon of murder’

Retired Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt said in a video released Thursday that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is “ruled by a demon of murder” and that she should be prosecuted for her supposed role as a murderer of unborn children. According to Right Wing Watch, the video…

Russian pole vault legend: Gay Olympians should face charges if they ‘propagandize homosexuality’

Russian pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva said Thursday she was against a boycott of next February’s Sochi Olympics over a controversial law banning gay “propaganda” for minors. The 31-year-old – who gave the World Athletics Championships in Moscow the spark it needed on Tuesday when she won her third world…

Google to challenge telecoms with fleet of solar-powered balloons

From sending solar-powered balloons into the stratosphere to offering free Wi-Fi in parks, Google is quietly spending hundreds of millions of dollars on nascent Internet services that may one day challenge the telecom and cable companies. In recent months, Google Inc has announced plans to bring free wireless Internet access…

Muslim Brotherhood supporters to intensify protests against ‘military tyranny’ in Egypt

Supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo on Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of mutilated bodies piled in a Cairo mosque a day after they were shot dead by the security forces. Egypt’s government says 525 people were killed and thousands wounded…

Anti-LGBT group claims Fox News is turning gay

An anti-LGBT “family values” group claims that Fox News is caving in to a “pro-homosexual agenda” by moving Megyn Kelly to Sean Hannity’s 9:00 p.m. weekday slot. According to a press release received by Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Jim Galloway, the group America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI) has compiled a report on…

German court rules in favor of artist’s free speech rights in Nazi mockery case

On Wednesday, a German court acquitted artist Jonathan Meese, who had been accused of twice using the Nazi salute at a forum on “megalomania in the art world” last year. The prosecution had asserted that, during his presentation at the University of Kassel, Meese violated Section 86a of the German…

First openly-gay WWE superstar comes out: ‘I’m happy with who I am’

WWE professional wrestler Darren Young announced this week that he was gay. In an interview with TMZ at the baggage claim area of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Young was asked if a gay wrestler could be successful in the WWE. “Absolutely. Look at me,” Young replied. “You know,…

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