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‘Beanie Babies’ creator will pay $53.5 million penalty for tax evasion

The creator of the wildly popular Beanie Babies toy line agreed to plead guilty to felony tax evasion charges and will pay a $53.5 million penalty as part of a settlement agreement, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago told the Tribune that…

Iran’s new president promises: We will never make nuclear weapons

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised that his country will never make nuclear weapons, as part of a larger move toward settling a long-standing rift with the United States over the country’s atomic program, NBC News reported on Wednesday. “Under questioning, he made a categorical statement: He said Iran will…

Stewart dismantles CNN for ‘deliberate’ vomiting of chaos instead of good reporting

Jon Stewart picked apart what he described as the “breathless wrongness” of CNN’s coverage of Monday’s Washington Navy Yard shooting on The Daily Show Tuesday night, as the centerpiece of his analysis of cable news’ latest “Force-5 wrongnado.” “All of yesterday’s confusion in the reporting — it’s not a mistake,”…

Virginia attorney general Cuccinelli calls right-wing radio host his ‘favorite media mogul’

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign rally on Tuesday featured both a radio host who once accused President Barack Obama of promoting a “mindset of death” and an anti-Semitic joke from a local GOP official, the Washington Post reported. The rally in Sterling, Virginia, opened with remarks from local…

Ed Schultz blames ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and special-interest groups for mass shootings

MSNBC host Ed Schultz expressed sympathy with gun owners on Tuesday while lashing out at special-interest groups and the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto V, accusing them of helping foment a political atmosphere that stifles discussion on stricter gun safety laws that could prevent more mass shootings…

‘Green River Killer’ claims at least 20 of his victims were never found

Convicted serial killer Gary Ridgway claimed he actually committed almost twice the number of murders he was convicted for, KOMO-FM reported on Tuesday. “The total number [of victims] is 75 to 80,” Ridgway said in a phone interview with KOMO. Ridgway, known as the “Green River Killer,” was initially convicted…

Watch: Short film breaks down NYPD suppression tactics against Occupy protesters

A new short film by Paul Sullivan marking the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement explains how New York City police used targeted arrests to sap the gatherings of momentum, while also showing the threats leveled at protests, including the filmmaker himself. Sullivan’s encounter with police is the…

Alan Keyes tells ‘Dr. Chaps’: We need to elect ‘an impeachment and removal Congress’

Failed former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes told failed former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt that the country’s best hope for survival was to elect a Congress solely dedicated to the impeachment of President Barack Obama. “A third of the Senate is up [for re-election] in 2014, and the…

Stewart: Republican diplomacy ‘is like a glory h*le: Just stick it in and you worry about the consequences later’

Jon Stewart lashed out at Republican opposition to the prospect of a non-military solution to Syria’s chemical arsenal on The Daily Show Monday. To many conservatives, Stewart argued, “international diplomacy is like a glory h*le: Just stick it in, and you worry about the consequences later.” Stewart took particular issue…

Police: Aaron Alexis was ‘single and sole person’ behind Navy Yard attack

Authorities in Washington D.C. said Monday night they were confident that slain suspect Aaron Alexis had no help in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, the Washington Post reported. “We are comfortable we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life on the base…

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