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Tucson survivor: Senators against background checks have no soul

A woman who survived the 2011 shooting incident that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and killed six others told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that she is angered and disgusted with members of the U.S. Senate who filibustered a vote on expanded background checks. Patricia Maisch, the woman who wrested…

Colbert pokes fun at CNN’s John King over ‘dark-skinned male’ report

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert lampooned the major news networks’ mishandling of claims on Wednesday that authorities had a suspect in custody in the Boston bombing, particularly CNN’s John King, who was wrongly informed that a “dark-skinned male” had been taken into custody and…

IMF chief to face court grilling in corruption probe

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been summoned to appear before a court investigating alleged corruption during her time as a French government minister, her lawyer said Thursday. Lagarde has been ordered to appear before the court at the end of May to answer questions over her role in a scandal…

Florida woman arrested for violently yanking ex-boyfriend’s penis

Police in Sarasota, Florida arrested a 22-year-old woman on Tuesday for assaulting an ex-boyfriend by violently grabbing and pulling his penis. According to TheSmokingGun.com, Laquavia Sharelle Wallace attacked Antonio Marquis Williams in his home in a dispute over whether or not the couple should resume dating. Wallace had gone to…

Renegade nuns join activists for Medicaid rally at Texas capitol

The Nuns on the Bus, a touring group of activist Catholic nuns, arrived at the Texas state capitol in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, to demonstrate alongside more than 400 others who support the expansion of Medicaid in that state to help the poor. According to the Associated Press, the purpose…

New Zealand politician welcomes ‘gay onslaught’ after legalizing same sex marriage

On Wednesday, New Zealand’s Parliament voted to legalize same sex marriage, making the country the world’s 13th to allow same sex couples to marry and enjoy all of the same privileges as married heterosexuals. Member of Parliament Maurice Williamson (Pakuranga) addressed the chamber, saying that a clergyman in his district…

Republican support of expanded background checks collapses in Senate

The U.S. Senate will not include expanded background checks in its new gun safety bill Wednesday. According to NBC News, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned that the measure does not have enough votes in the Senate to pass. “We will not get the votes today,” he said, explaining that certain…

Pat Buchanan calls for conservative anti-LGBT ‘civil disobedience’

Former Nixon aide and ousted MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan penned a new op-ed column on Tuesday calling on conservatives to continue to oppose marriage equality for LGBT couples and urging them toward “a new era of civil disobedience” if they are not heard. According to Think Progress LGBT, Buchanan even…

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel nixes new medal for drone pilots

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has nixed the creation of a new military medal that would honor drone pilots and cyber operatives. According to Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel, veterans and lawmakers alike created an uproar when it was announced that the new medal would outrank the Bronze Star and Purple Heart…

Circumcision reduces HIV risk by changing penis ‘biome’, says study

A study released Tuesday says that circumcision significantly reduces men’s chances of being infected by HIV by changing the mircobiome of the penis. According to a paper in the American Journal of Microbiology, a reduction of the number of anaerobic bacteria present on the penis appears to play a role…

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