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Maher rips Pat Kennedy’s anti-pot crusade: ‘This is like global warming denying’

Noted marijuana enthusiast Bill Maher had little patience on Real Time on Friday for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s (D-RI) campaign against legalizing the drug. “It just seems so un-Kennedy like to be against what I said a couple of weeks ago was the new gay marriage,” Maher told Kennedy in…

Social Security allows transgender people to change gender listing without surgery

Transgender men and women will be better able to reflect their identity on their Social Security records following a ruling by the Social Security Administration (SSA), Think Progress reported on Friday. The SSA’s new policy will now allow a person to change their gender listing if they provide either a…

Ohio abortion bill would require doctors to disclose income amount from abortions to patients

Women’s health advocates in Ohio are furious over a new bill that would require a 48-hour waiting period before abortions and for women seeking the procedure to go over their financial situation with their doctors. According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the bill would mandate that doctors who perform abortions disclose…

Harvard professor tells Moyers: Snowden’s fear nothing will change ‘is the most likely outcome’

Harvard professor Laurence Lessig told Bill Moyers on Friday that former defense contractor Edward Snowden’s concerns about popular apathy regarding his revelations of government data gathering are well-founded. “I think the thing he most fears is the most likely outcome,” Lessig said on Moyers & Company, citing the relative lack…

Texas Democrats accuse Perry of vetoing equal pay bill

Democrats in the Texas legislature accused Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday of vetoing a bill that would have given women more chances to fight pay discrimination, the Dallas Morning News reported. The measure, HB 950, would have allowed women to sue their employers in state court beyond the current…

Robertson tells viewer disaster prophets are ‘nutty’

Televangelist Pat Robertson ignored his own history in reassuring a 700 Club viewer against false prophets on Wednesday, Right Wing Watch reported. “Predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the psychic world,” Robertson advised the viewer, Merin. “It’s not something from God.” Robertson’s statements come just over a…

Arizona Rep. Franks invokes Akin: ‘The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low’

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) was criticized by congressional colleagues on Wednesday after arguing that pregnancies resulting from rape rarely occur, the Washington Post reported. “When my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of…

New Jersey man sues doctor over 8-month erection

A New Jersey man told jurors in Delaware that a botched penile implant left him feeling like less of a man, WCAU-TV reported on Wednesday. 44-year-old Daniel Metzgar, who is suing the Delaware-based urologist who administered the procedure, Thomas Desperito, also said during testimony on Tuesday that he suffered an…

Snowden tells Chinese newspaper: ‘I am not here to hide from justice’

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden told a Chinese newspaper he trusted the legal system in Hong Kong to guarantee him a fair trial against criminal charges. “People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions,” Snowden told the South…

Florida man accused of luring 14-year-old boy onto cross-country flight

A 36-year-old Tampa, Florida man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly luring a 14-year-old California boy into flying with him back to Tampa under a fake name. KFMB-TV reported that police caught Tony McLeod and the boy upon their flight’s arrival in Tampa. McLeod allegedly flew to San Diego to…

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