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John Oliver rips into Republicans over their ‘sharknado of voter suppression’

Don’t worry about the political “clown car” of 2016 presidential candidates, The Daily Show host John Oliver said Monday, because you won’t be able to vote anyway. Oliver discovered there was a “sharknado of voter suppression” sweeping across the nation thanks to the Supreme Court and Republican-controlled state legislatures. Republicans…

Ezra Klein: Republicans on ‘kamikaze mission’ against Obamacare

Washington Post columnist and MSNBC guest host Ezra Klein on Monday night said the Republican war against the Affordable Care Act has turned into a campaign of self-sacrifice. “This is a weird thing that’s happened to the campaign against Obamacare,” he remarked. “It began as most campaigns do, as a…

UPDATE: Three dead, three injured as gunman opens fire on town hall meeting in Pennsylvania

A shooting during a town hall meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania has left four three people dead and two others are in critical condition, according to local media reports. “All I saw was the holes go through the hall,” said Pocono Record reporter Chris Reber, who was at the meeting in…

Two sleeping children strangled by escaped python in Canada

An escaped python killed two children in their sleep in eastern Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The two young boys, aged five and seven, were sleeping in at a friend’s apartment late Sunday in the small town of Campbellton when they were surprised by the snake. It had…

Watch: Great white shark seen near Boothbay Harbor, Maine

It was feeding on a minke whale carcass and looking noticeably pedestrian. This is an important point because so much media depicting sharks presents them as threatening and vicious, when in…  …

Ecuador’s Yasuni: How the world’s ‘most biodiverse place’ could be ransomed for oil money

Waving away a cloud of gnats, biologist Phyllis “Lissy” Coley scours the Amazonian underbrush for inga shrubs, whose young leaves are loaded with powerful toxins and chemicals that might be useful in medical research.;  …

Court sides with lovers of boobies: School cannot ban breast cancer awareness bracelets

A full U.S. appeals court ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania school district could not ban “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets under the First Amendment. “If schools can categorically regulate terms like ‘boobies’ even when the message comments on a social or political issue, schools could eliminate all student speech touching on…

Lazarus comets spring to life in comet graveyard

Scientists have discovered the origins of 12 active comets in asteroid territory – a comet graveyard.(The Royal Astronomical Society) Astronomers in Colombia have found a massive cemetery of comets in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter –…  …

Justice Department to review DEA’s mass surveillance program

By John Shiffman and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department is reviewing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that passes tips culled from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a large telephone database to field agents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. Reuters reported Monday that agents…

Federal judge blocks portion of Wisconsin’s anti-abortion law

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday blocked a portion of a Wisconsin law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near their practice. U.S. District Judge William Conley last month temporarily stopped the measure, days after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it into…

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