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Christian radio hosts: Boy Scouts lifting gay ban would lead to having ‘a Jerry Sandusky as your scout master’

Christian radio hosts Matt Barber and Mat Staver unleashed a torrent of anti-LGBT fearmongering on their “Faith and Freedom” show on Friday in complaining about the Boy Scouts of America’s possible lifting of its ban on gay members. Media Matters reported. “It makes no sense to have a Jerry Sandusky…

Sierra Club leader tells Moyers: Keystone XL ‘so horrendous’ we lifted our ban on civil disobedience

The executive director of the Sierra Club told Moyers and Company that the Keystone XL pipeline project was big enough for him to break the environmental organization’s 120-year policy against engaging in civil disobedience. Michael Brune said he took part in a protest outside the White House because Keystone XL…

Former San Diego mayor blames brain tumor for stealing $2 million from charity

A former California mayor admitted in federal court on Thursday to stealing more than $2 million from her dead husband’s charity to fuel a $1 billion gambling binge. According to KPCC-FM, Maureen O’Connor revealed her activities as part of an deferred-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The former…

Undocumented immigrant tells Obama: Stop tearing families apart with deportations

The wife and son of a deported undocumented immigrant exhorted President Barack Obama to cut down on his administration’s deportation policy in a video released by an alliance between the Latino advocacy group Cuéntame and other organizations. “For me, the main thing is having the family together,” Josefina Mora said…

Journalist’s emotional Senate testimony: When you call me ‘illegal,’ you ‘dehumanize’ me

Journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas recounted his life as an undocumented immigrant on Wednesday in emotional testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, pointing to the family and friends who helped him craft his career in spite of his immigration status. “I am the only one…

Jay Smooth: Balancing fun and honesty online ‘is like doing cardio while you eat a burger’

Striking the balance between being informative and being interesting, activist and hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth said in a new commentary, often leads to fighting who he called the “two little haters” in his head. “Trying to make good media and have an honest conversation is like doing cardio while you…

CO Gov. Hickenlooper admits to ‘ritual-like’ drinking of fracking fluid

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told a Senate committee that he drank a glass of fracking fluid as a way to illustrate safety advances by the oil and gas industry, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday. “We did drink it around the table, almost ritual-like, in a funny way,” Hickenlooper…

Colbert on GOP ‘civil war’: ‘The first thing they’ll have to fight over is who gets the Confederate flag’

With Tea Party Republicans increasingly at odds with “the manatee with a planatee,” Karl Rove, Stephen Colbert urged both sides to go all-out. “I believe Republicans cannot wuss out here,” he demanded. “Republicans need to charge ahead and take even more conservative positions in 2014.” The rift between Rove, the…

DREAMers vow to push Rubio: ‘He does have a lot to lose’ on immigration reform

An alliance of activists and lobbyists on behalf of undocumented immigrants said on Tuesday that they would monitor Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) participation in the bipartisan push for immigration reform. “He does have a lot to lose,” Pamela Gómez, of the DREAM Action Coalition told The Raw Story, alluding to…

‘Heart Attack Grill’ regular dies of a heart attack

A Las Vegas man known as the unofficial spokesperson for the “Heart Attack Grill” restaurant died from exactly that on Monday. The Las Vegas Sun reported that 52-year-old John Alleman was taken off life support Monday morning. Alleman, a Pennsylvania native and security guard by trade, suffered a heart attack…

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