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NY man uses fake dating profile to catch phone thief

A New York man put “himself” out there in his efforts to nab the man who stole his phone, posing as a woman online after he discovered the thief had started looking for dates under his name. Nadal Nirenberg told ABC News the problem started when he left his phone…

AZ Rep. Sinema: VAWA’s expiration puts every woman at risk

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) summed up the problem with this week’s Republican-enabled expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a Saturday panel discussion with MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry. “The fact that the 112th Congress let VAWA expire doesn’t just mean that they’re politically opposed to some of…

Oregon man arrested after posting ‘drivin’ drunk’ on Facebook

Jacob Cox-Brown’s friends didn’t like his New Year’s Day Facebook post — which said he had driven drunk — enough. In fact, they didn’t like it enough to report him to local police. According to ABC News, the 18-year-old Astoria, Oregon man’s post, “Drivin drunk… classsic ;) [sic] but to…

Indiana lawmaker pushing for schools to require daily prayer

The Indiana state senator who lost his bid for creationism to be part of public education is now proposing that schools have the option of engaging in a daily Christian prayer. According to The Indianapolis Star, state Sen. Dennis Kruse (R) has filed a bill allowing school districts to make…

Ex-NRA leader compares assault weapons ban to racial discrimination

The former president of the National Rifle Association invoked both conspiracy theories and racial discrimination to decry a potential ban on assault weapons on an NRA radio show Friday. “Banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago,” Marion Hammer told host Ginny…

Right-wing group warns: Christians ‘will be treated as second-class citizens’

The arch conservative American Family Association (AFA) sent its membership an alarming statement saying Christians could face discrimination on par with the mistreatment of African Americans during the segregation era. According to Think Progress, the email from AFA founder Donald E. Wildmon said conservative Christians would “be treated as second…

Pro-choice advocates blast VA Gov. McDonnell’s new rules for abortion clinics

Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) secretive signing of new building standards for the state’s abortion clinics has been ripped by pro-choice groups, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. “After two years of shocking backroom deals and bullying public health servants, Gov. Bob McDonnell is clearly proving his disregard of Virginians’ opinions about…

PA Gov. Corbett files suit against NCAA before Democratic AG takes office

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) announced on Wednesday morning he and the state of Pennsylvania would sue the NCAA seeking to overturn its sanctions against Penn State University and its football program. But neither he nor his general counsel, James Schultz, would say in a press conference why the lawsuit…

Cats demonstrate most popular New Year’s resolutions

The humor website Pleated Jeans posted an easy guide on Tuesday to the more popular New Year’s resolutions, with a video compilation rendered in the universal language of adorable cat videos. The complete list: 10. Get organized 9. Help others 8. Learn something new 7. Get out of debt 6.…

Peter King rips House GOP for skipping out on Sandy relief bill

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took to the House of Representatives floor on Tuesday night to slam his fellow lawmakers for not voting on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “Tonight’s action not to hold this vote is morally indefensible,” King said. “There are thousands and thousands of people…

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