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Bill Maher gushes to Pussy Riot: ‘You guys are gangsta’

Real Time host Bill Maher was effusive toward members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot during an interview Friday, praising their resolve throughout both government resistance and imprisonment. “The great thing about what happened to you there is that you never gave an inch,” Maher told Masha Alyokhina,…

Boston Marathon bombing survivor rips ‘Meet The Press’ for mentioning the attackers

A professional dancer who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing accused NBC’s Meet The Press of reneging on a promise to not mention the names of the attackers, the Boston Herald reported on Friday. “Your decision to back out on that promise you made and the…

Documents point to San Diego police officials protecting cop with multiple sexual assaults

Records suggest officials with the San Diego Police Department moved to cover up a former officer’s sexual misconduct out of fear of negative press coverage, KGTV-TV reported on Friday. According to a court transcript, former Police Chief William Lansdowne told Executive Assistant Chief David Ramirez in a confidential meeting, “When…

Report: CIA ‘trying to minimize the damage’ surrounding Senate report on interrogations

Investigators with the Senate Intelligence Committee found that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) went to great lengths to avoid federal and White House oversight concerning the use “enhanced interrogation” techniques, McClatchy Newspapers reported on Friday. The committee’s probe, which is still classified, also reportedly states that the agency released misleading…

Combative Fox News guest may not be a Democratic congressional candidate after all

A Democratic congressional candidate in Virginia who landed interviews on Fox News after saying he would wage “war” against it turns out not to be a candidate after all. Mediaite reported on Friday that Mike Dickinson, who had billed himself as a challenger to to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor…

‘Stepping on their own tail’: Rachel Maddow questions the timing of Kathleen Sebelius’ exit

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow criticized President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday for announcing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation, saying the timing blunted the impact of the success of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. “Now Kathleen Sebelius has to go?” Maddow asked pointedly. “Why now?…

Nevada ‘range war’ protest growing in size after video of encounter with federal agents

A roadside protest supporting the Nevada rancher who threatened the government with a “range war” over using public land for grazing his livestockhas drawn more people, with cellphone video capturing clashes between protesters and federal offiicials, KTNV-TV reported on Thursday. “This will be the end of ranching in Clark County…

L.A. county deputies shoot and kill unarmed man helping neighbors during hostage standoff

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department admitted on Thursday that deputies mistakenly shot and killed a 30-year-old man after mistaking him for the suspect in a hostage situation earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities confirmed that John Winkler was one of three hostages inside a West Hollywood…

Florida county elections official: We don’t have to give voters access to bathrooms

An election official in Miami-Dade County responded to mounting criticism over bathroom access at polling sites by saying that access isn’t guaranteed at all, the Miami Herald reported. “There’s no legal requirement for us to provide bathroom access,” Chief Deputy Elections Supervisor Christina White was quoted as saying. “But we,…

BREAKING: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning

Kathleen Sebelius will resign from her position as Health and Human Services Secretary in the wake of the problematic implementation of the healthcare exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported on Thursday. White House Chief of Staff Denis R. McDonough confirmed Sebelius’ departure, saying it…

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