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Joe Arpaio says he wants drones — but not for arresting immigrants

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio confirmed on Monday that he wants to acquire unmanned drones for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, arguing that he would fund the purchases in part through money seized in drug busts. “Isn’t it great?” Arpaio told KNXV-TV. “It would be the criminals buying these to arrest…

Another New Jersey Rep. slams GOP during Obamacare hearing: ‘You call that cooperation? I don’t’

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) lit into his Republican colleagues on Tuesday during a House Ways & Means Committee hearing concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), calling out their continued resistance to the law and challenging them to confront those potentially affected by their threats to defund it. “What are you…

Jon Stewart mocks CNN’s coverage of healthcare.gov: ‘You’d think people were shi*ting into a cup ‘

While criticism continues to plague the the government’s health exchange website over its performance, Daily Show host Jon Stewart suggested one possible source for the problem: the glut of cable news reporters attempting to sign on, particularly from CNN, which has gone so far as to post clocks showing how…

‘Hit it, Senator!’: Rachel Maddow mocks Rand Paul for lifting ‘eugenics’ speech from Wikipedia

For the movie Gattaca to come up during a gubernatorial campaign was weird enough, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Monday. But weirder still was would-be presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemingly reciting portions of his speech on the movie verbatim from Wikipedia and thinking he could pull it…

New Mexico lawmaker worries teaching yoga in school is state-sponsored religion

A discussion about childrens’ fitness has prompted criticism of a New Mexico state congressman after he expressed his opposition to a physical education teacher using yoga during her classes. The Albuquerque Journal reported on Monday that state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R) voiced his concerns during an Oct. 19 meeting of…

White House touts youth gains under Obamacare amid complaints about cancelled policies

While federal officials released a study on Monday highlighting what they called significant medical coverage gains for young single adults under the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) NBC News reported that the law was written in such a way that it reneges on President Barack Obama’s pledge that Americans would be…

Bernie Sanders slams Ted Cruz for blocking FCC nomination in the name of oligarchy

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday for blocking Tom Wheeler’s nomination to lead the Federal Communications Commission, telling MSNBC host Ed Schultz that Cruz is doing so to benefit high-powered corporate donors who have exploited the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. Not only…

WATCH: Rand Paul uses ‘Gattaca’ and ‘My Left Foot’ to argue against scientific advancement

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used Hollywood to make his case against what he described as the evils of science run amok during a speech at Liberty University on Monday, pulling examples from the films Gattaca and My Left Foot to paint a picture of a world dominated by eugenics-based discrimination,…

Federal judge strikes down parts of Texas anti-abortion law

Some of the heavily-criticized restrictions on women’s health clinics that provided the impetus for state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) gubernatorial campaign were declared unconstitutional by a federal judge on Monday, the Associated Press reported. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that House Bill 2′s requirement that doctors at…

Richard Dawkins: Obama is a secret atheist

While he didn’t share Real Time host Bill Maher’s thought that Pope Francis is secretly an atheist, biologist and staunch atheist Richard Dawkins opined that at least two U.S. presidents fit that description. “Like many people, I’m sure that [President Barack] Obama is an atheist,” Dawkins told Maher. “I’m sure…

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