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Woman reporter’s account of Pearl Harbor attack finally published 71 years later

For 71 years, Betty McIntosh’s first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor went unpublished in the archives of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. According to the Washington Post‘s “The Fold” blog, McIntosh’s editor assigned the young reporter to bring in a “women’s perspective” on the December 7, 1941 attack, but then…

Seattle women to be issued first same sex marriage license in Washington state

Just after midnight on Wednesday night, Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen became the first same sex couple in the history of Washington state to be granted a wedding license.  According to Seattle’s KomoNews blog, the two women are now allowed to marry under Washington law as a result of…

Colbert: GOP election conspiracies run so deep that they don’t exist (just like ACORN!)

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert discussed the sorry low point that some Republicans have come to in the wake of the 2012 elections and the paranoid conspiracy theories that many of them are still clinging to. Colbert began by saying that he likes to take a…

Senate lifts ban on abortion care for military rape victims

For the first time since 1981, women U.S. service members who are raped and become pregnant will not have to pay for their own abortions, if a measure passed by the Senate today goes into effect. According to Huffington Post, the Senate has passed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)’s amendment to…

Fox News CEO issues orders to keep Rove off the air

Fox News Channel (FNC) is trying to reinvent itself in the wake of the 2012 election, and, according to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, phase one of the network’s makeover plan has already gone into effect. Chief of programming Bill Shine, acting on orders from network head Roger Ailes, has…

Colbert: Science says old people are more gullible, which explains Fox News

Tuesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert looked into afflictions suffered by aging Americans including increased inability to determine when someone is untrustworthy, “Low-T” (low testosterone) and what Colbert calls “Low-O” (low female orgasm). Older people, Colbert began, are less able to trust their gut instincts, according to…

Scientists using ancient poop to track human migration

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are pioneering the use of chemicals found in human waste to track the movements of ancient people. According to Time magazine, Dr. Rob D’Anjou and his team used ancient fecal matter recovered from the Arctic Lake Liland in Norway  to piece together a…

‘Spock’ actor reveals that Obama gave him Vulcan salute

Monday night on “Conan,” host Conan O’Brian welcomed “Star Trek” and “American Horror Story” actor Zachary Quinto, who revealed that President Barack Obama may be even nerdier than some people suspect. Quinto worked as a surrogate for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012, but said, “It all culminated on…

Harris-Perry: Obama ‘playing Godfather’ with GOP on fiscal cliff

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” host Melissa Harris-Perry said that President Barack Obama is “playing Godfather” by making the Republicans an offer “they better not refuse” on the looming issue of the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Author and Tulane University professor Harris-Perry opened the segment by discussing the fact that…

Nate Silver: ‘Politico’ covers politics like sports, but ‘not intelligently at all’

On Friday, in an interview with ESPN radio host Bill Simmons, statistician and polling guru Nate Silver expressed his low regard for the Washington, DC political gossip sheet, Politico. The publication, headed by former Washington Post scribe Jim VanDehei and Time magazine’s Mike Allen, tries to cover politics “like sports,”…

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