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Alan Grayson: Republicans are rejecting Obamacare out of drunken anger

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) did not discount what he called “public reports” that Republican lawmakers were drinking on the job, telling Salon that it was affecting their job performance. “It’s a fact we all have to live with,” Grayson said in an interview published on Tuesday. “It’s making them violent…

Obama reassures military: You will be paid during shutdown

As the deadline passed to avert a shutdown of U.S. government operations, President Barack Obama’s administration released a video message to military service members in combat situations and Department of Defense (DOD) staffers reassuring them that they will be accounted for while lawmakers try to hash out a solution. “If…

Jon Stewart rips Constitution-hugging Republicans: They’re like ‘an as*hole causing a head-on collision’

Taking a page out of Dick Clark’s book, Daily Show host Jon Stewart did his own countdown to “the end of America as we know it, for reasons no one is able to clearly explain,” mocking both Republican lawmakers for making a show out of carrying copies of the Constitution…

Rachel Maddow blasts GOP intransigence: ‘Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow outlined the Republican path toward grinding the government to a halt on Monday night, pointing out that on multiple occasions over the past few years, GOP lawmakers and candidates swore they would do just that. “There is nothing about the last few weeks of political back-and-forth…

Food distributor Sysco under USDA investigation

Investigations into the food storage practices of one of the country’s largest food distributors have reached the federal level, KNTV-TV reported on Monday. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told KNTV that they have begun probing Sysco Corporation following a complaint received at the USDA’s office in Alameda,…

WATCH: Motorcyclists chase SUV down leading up to NYC street attack

A 33-year-old man was hospitalized after being caught by a gang of motorcyclists following a chase through New York City highways into city streets on Sunday. DNAinfo New York reported that the beginning of the encounter was caught on a helmet camera worn by one of the riders. The video…

Texas Republican tells Cruz: ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ on giving up paycheck

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who was promoting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a viable presidential candidate just 10 days ago, challenged him on Monday to give up his paycheck in the increasingly likely event of a federal government shutdown. “Ted, put your money where your mouth is,” Farenthold said in…

Ex-spy gets camera shy over ‘marriage proposal’ to Edward Snowden

Russian spy-turned-actress Anna Chapman called for an abrupt end to a bizarre interview with NBC News after refusing to discuss an online proposal to former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. “I don’t want to discuss America. I’m sorry,” Chapman told interviewer Richard Engel in the segment, aired Monday, saying…

Canadian radio host: Richard Dawkins would be the first atheist pope

Canadian radio host Michael Enright accused atheists of showing intolerance while imagining evolutionary biologist as their first pope, should atheists organize into their own secular church group. “Atheists are not being prosecuted or silenced. They are lovingly tended by media interviewers, me included, and their nuanced arguments are politely acknowledged,”…

WATCH LIVE: Obama addresses government shutdown standoff

President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement concerning federal lawmakers’ negotiations on a bill that will fund the government at 4:45 p.m. EST. Watch live, as posted by the White House official live-stream, below. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV [Image via Agence France-Presse]…

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