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Former Girl Scout Ellen Degeneres slams Boy Scouts’ inaction on anti-gay policy

On Friday, talk show host Ellen Degeneres took aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on LGBT members and leaders. Degeneres, a former Girl Scout, took exception to the fact that the BSA punted on the issue this week rather than striking down the ban against LGBTs in scouting.…

Arkansas law jails tenants who don’t pay their rent

Under a state law in Arkansas, renters can be imprisoned for failing to pay their rent. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, titled “Pay the Rent or Face Arrest: Abusive Impacts of Arkansas’s Criminal Evictions Law,” hundreds of tenants each year are taken to court, fined and jailed…

Assange to Maher: Americans should know how easily their government can kill them

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher’s first guest was Julian Assange, founder of the website Wikileaks and the author of the book Cypherpunks. Assange was appearing by video from the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he is living as a virtual prisoner for fear of extradition to…

Maher: Trump so mad at me he could barely stop ‘flinging his feces’

Friday night on “Read Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher dedicated the final segment of his “New Rules” segment to blasting Donald Trump for suing him for $5 million. “And finally,” he said, “New Rule: Now that he’s suing me for $5 million dollars because he says he’s proved…

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to take plea deal on campaign finance charges

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is entering a guilty plea to charges that he illegally spent campaign money. According to NBC News, a source close to the case said that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In the papers, Jackson, son of fiery civil…

Virginia mom wants ‘Beloved’ banned from schools

The mother of a high school student in Fairfax County, Virginia wants her son’s school district to stop teaching Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved to high school students. According to the Washington Post, Laura Murphy knows that her quest to have the book banned from schools will probably be…

Colbert: Winter storm Nemo begins countdown to eating your loved ones

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert issued stern warnings to people in the path of Winter Storm Nemo, urging them to salt their driveways, salt their meat and salt their loved ones, because at some point, you may run out of meat. The National Weather…

GOP infighting turns ugly over ‘hater’ comment

A simmering feud within the ranks of the Republican Party has erupted into a boil as each side has gone public with its grievances. According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Washington Wire blog, the purportedly pragmatic establishment wing of the party, as embodied by Karl Rove, is attempting to shed…

Fat cat swims for weight loss

At a “pet resort” in Loudoun County, Virginia, a roundish, domestic medium-haired cat named Holly swims to take off the extra pounds. On Thursday morning, CBS News showed Olde Towne Pet Resort staff member Dani Lawhorne, who brings Holly to the pool, which is mainly used for dogs, because other…

Doctor designed penis size ‘Predicktor’ app to educate and entertain

A Toronto doctor has designed a smartphone app that can purports to predict the size of a man’s erect penis. The app, called the Predicktor, uses a number of criteria, including height, shoe size, finger length and sexual orientation to estimate a man’s penis size to the tenth of an…

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