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Top 5 moments of Rand Paul’s filibuster

It was a long, hard slog for viewers and participants in the filibuster of the vote to confirm new CIA chief John Brennan, most notably for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who, we are sad to say, found time to invoke Hitler and the Nazis, but never in the 13 hours…

NAACP’s Julian Bond to Colbert: Scalia is Limbaugh of Supreme Court

Civil Rights pioneer and NAACP President Emeritus Julian Bond joined Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to discuss the current challenges to the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 legislation that cleared away hurdles to voting for African Americans in states with a history of discrimination. Bond was candid with his…

Colbert: Racism is solved! Drop the fully integrated balloons!

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert paid homage to the Voting Rights Act, the historic law passed in 1965 to ensure fair treatment of African-Americans at the polls in states with a history of racial discrimination. Colbert began the segment by revealing that he attended…

North Korea threatens ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear strike

North Korea threatened to carry out a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike Thursday as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on new sanctions against the isolated state. “As long as the US seeks to ignite a nuclear war, our revolutionary armed forces will exercise the right to launch a pre-emptive nuclear…

Grayson: Obama must not give in to GOP’s ‘unquenchable thirst to hurt the needy’

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and freshman Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) announced Wednesday that they are drawing a “line in the sand” with President Barack Obama on cuts to social programs and possible deals to end the sequester. Grayson said that certain cuts are unconscionable and that progressives must rally against the…

Washington, PA councilman reprimanded for using ‘gay’ as slur in EMS test

A city councilman in Washington, Pennsylvania was reprimanded on Monday for jokingly referring to a friend as “gay” in a test of the city’s emergency email system. According to Pittsburgh’s KDKA CBS Channel 2, Councilman Matt Staniszewski, when tasked with sending an email to test the system, wrote, “Alert: This is…

Maddow: GOP same sex marriage supporters all ‘retirees’ and has-beens

Tuesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the ongoing effort by the Republican Party to re-brand itself by showing support for same sex marriage, and yet, however noble their intentions, state-level anti-abortion measures indicate that nothing has changed on a policy level for the GOP. Meanwhile,…

Carly Rae Jepson and Train withdraw from Boy Scout Jamboree citing anti-gay policy

“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepson announced Tuesday that they will not be playing at the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree this summer because of the Scouts’ ban on LGBT members and staff. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD)’s website, Jepson and…

Doctors develop protocol to detect patient consciousness during surgery

Waking up during surgery and yet still being too anesthetized to signal doctors that you’re awake sounds like a nightmare, and for some people is a genuine phobia. According to New Scientist, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has identified a “consciousness signature” in brain activity that…

Australian woman says dolphins saved her and her dog from drowning

A woman who fell from a cliff into the sea while trying to rescue her dog said Tuesday that a pod of dolphins saved her life. According to Perth’s Channel 7 News, Karyn Gitsham was walking her dogs on the beach at Carrickalinga, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, as she…

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