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Maher: Class inequality may have helped Cleveland kidnapper hide victims

On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher and a panel made up of writer Glenn Greenwald, commentator Joy Reid and National Review writer Charles Cooke discussed whether class issues played a role in the case of the three women who were held prisoner in the…

Maddow: For GOP, ‘Impeach Obama’ urge is a form of incontinence

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow chided Republicans for their constant calls to impeach President Barack Obama. She likened the right’s continuous cries for impeachment to an involuntary tic, an accidental soiling of oneself, like a person who poops or pees themselves a little when they…

Plants use underground fungus network to send ‘distress signals’ to each other

British researchers released a study on Thursday saying that plants can communicate with each other by using an underground network of fungi. According to the BBC, the study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, said that plants signal each other when they are under attack by aphids to that other…

Bachmann: 9/11 and Benghazi attacks were ‘judgment’ from God

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told a group of conservative lawmakers gathered for a prayer event that the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the siege of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya were “the hand of judgment” from God. According to Right Wing Watch, the event,…

Minnesota Republican: ‘My heart breaks’ over same sex marriage win

A Minnesota Republican state Representative told reporters on Thursday that her “heart breaks” that the state House voted to allow same-sex marriage in that state. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) was expressing her dismay that same sex partners might be afforded the same spousal benefits as…

IRS apologizes for unfairly targeting conservative groups in 2012 election

A representative of the Internal Revenue Service apologized on Friday for the actions of a group of low-level staffers who unfairly targeted conservative groups for review during the 2012 election. According to the Associated Press, Lois Lerner, director of the IRS unit in charge of tax-exempt organizations, said that the…

Ohio kidnap suspect’s daughter: ‘He is dead to me’

Angie Gregg, the daughter of Ariel Castro, the man accused of abducting, imprisoning, torturing and sexually assaulting three women in a Cleveland house, said that she is “horrified” and “disgusted” by her father’s secret life. “He is dead to me,” she told CNN. Gregg said that knowing what she knows…

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…

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