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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…

Ex-drone operator describes a kill: ‘I watched this guy bleed out’

Former U.S. military drone operator Brandon Bryant described the process of carrying out his first strike, as well as the aftermath, to Democracy Now anchors Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Friday, while arguing that he and his fellow colleagues should not be described as being drones themselves. “They were…

Ed Schultz asks Democrats and Tea Partiers: Unite against ‘NAFTA on steroids’

MSNBC host Ed Schultz exhorted Democrats to put aside their feelings toward Tea Party Republicans and team up with them in the name of stopping President Barack Obama from carrying out his plan for the U.S. to enter the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he has argued would amount to “NAFTA…

Martin Bashir challenges Alan Grayson: How many activists has the Tea Party killed?

While expressing sympathy for some parts of Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D-FL) viewpoint and expressing his own distaste for Tea Party politics, MSNBC host Martin Bashir still challenged Grayson on Friday over whether a fundraising email explicitly linking the conservative group to the Ku Klux Klan is appropriate, or even accurate.…

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist rips Justice Dept. for not bringing JPMorgan Chase to trial

Pulitzer Prize-winning financial columnist Gretchen Morgenson criticized the Justice Department’s $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase in an interview with Bill Moyers released Friday, arguing that it is far from an example of a government crackdown on financial industry malfeasance. “If the Justice Department were being tough on Wall Street,…

Jon Stewart ‘apologizes’ for the NSA’s global spying: ‘We’re sorry that you forgot that we’re kind of d*cks’

Jon Stewart issued a sardonic apology on Thursday from the U.S. to the 45 countries who have been identified as targets of surveillance by the National Security Agency, taking on the role of a faux-apologist for the agency’s spying programs. “You want an apology? Fine. We’re sorry,” Stewart said, before…

Maryland Atty. General apologizes after getting caught at raging teens’ party

Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler (D), who has spoken out publicly against underage drinking, admitted on Thursday that he should have stepped in at what appeared to be a raucous party filled with teenagers earlier this year after a photograph of him walking thru the crowd went…

Bernie Sanders’ PAC raising funds for progressive Southern state candidates

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) political action committee (PAC) will expand its’ fundraising efforts to aid progressive and independent candidates at the state level in conservative Southern states, In These Times reported on Wednesday. “There is no shortage of billionaires willing to bankroll extreme right-wing candidates,” Sanders writes in a fundraising…

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