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Colbert admits that he, like everyone else, never read ‘Gatsby’

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert welcomed Carey Mulligan, one of the stars of Baz Luhrman’s reboot of “The Great Gatsby.” Colbert said that, given the two weeks he had to prepare for the show, of course he read the book first. “Which I really enjoyed,” he…

Police: U.S. Navy Petty Officer arrested in California for pimping 17-year-old girl

A Navy Petty Officer stationed in Lemoore, California is charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl and forcing her to have sex with multiple men. According to the Fresno Bee, Charles Ray Benavidez, 32, was arrested April 17, but police are coming forward now to solicit help from the public…

Texas judge: Cheerleaders can display Bible verses at school events

A Texas judge ruled Thursday that high school cheerleaders are within their rights to display verses from the Bible on banners at school sporting events. According to the Associated Press, State District Judge Steve Thomas wrote in his decision that no law “prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners” at games and…

New York City considers allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections

New York City could be the first city in the U.S. to grant non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. According to Talking Points Memo, a measure currently before the New York City Council would allow qualifying non-citizens to vote in certain local elections. The measure appears to have…

Maddow: Heritage Foundation immigration study is exercise in Republican racism

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow talked about the futility of attempting to do minority outreach when your party’s platform is openly hostile to non-white Americans. She highlighted a study by the Heritage Foundation that said Latino immigrants should therefore be admitted to the…

Colbert turns his back on South Carolina over Sanford win: ‘I feel so betrayed’

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert lashed out at his home state of South Carolina for failing to elect his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch to Congress, and re-electing former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to the congressional seat he held before running for governor. “Folks, tonight I…

California strawberry pickers fired for walking off job to flee wildfire

A group of agricultural workers in southern California lost their jobs last week when they took shelter to escape the ash-filled air blowing down on them ahead of one of the wildfires currently blazing in that state. According to NBC Los Angeles, 15 workers went inside to escape the smoke,…

Nanotech researcher: ‘Everything is possible’ in new brain treatments

Raw Story reported Tuesday on a new technique pioneered by researchers at Florida International University for treating HIV by acting directly on the brain, delivering medicine across the blood-brain barrier through the use of nanoparticles. Wednesday, we spoke to Florida International University researcher Sakhrat Khizroev about the breakthrough and its…

Maddow corrects PolitiFact’s ‘half truth’: In 29 states, you can be fired for being LGBT

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow addressed a statement by athlete Martina Navratilova that in 29 U.S. states, employers can fire a worker for being LGBT. The “fact-checking” agency PolitiFact rated Navratilova’s statement as being less than truthful, but in fact, it is true.…

Researchers find a way to deliver anti-HIV drugs directly to the brain

A team of researchers at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine has found a way to deliver anti-AIDS medicine directly to the brain using nanoparticles. According to the Miami Herald, two scientists, a physicist and a professor of  immunology and engineering have found “a new pathway” for medicines…

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