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U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is set to announce that it will discontinue Saturday mail delivery in a cost-saving measure that is expected to save the agency up to $2 billion per year. According to the Associated Press, package delivery will continue six days a week, but regular mail will be…

Elections panel gives thumbs down to Maine voter ID law

An independent panel appointed to review Maine’s electoral system has strongly recommended that the state not implement a voter ID law. According to a preview of the report provided to Huffington Post, the five-member committee voted 4 to 1 against such a measure. “The Commission, by a 4 to 1…

Chinese clinic infected dozens with hepatitis C

A clinic in China’s Liaoning province is suspected of infecting dozens of patients with the liver disease hepatitis C. According to the BBC, some 120 patients have been screened for exposure, 95 of whom are now hospitalized and believed to be infected. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that police…

Glenn Beck calls Obama ‘full-fledged woman’ over concern about football concussions

Former Fox News pundit Glenn Beck dedicated a portion of his online broadcast Monday to slamming President Barack Obama for a pre-Super Bowl interview in which the chief executive expressed concerns about the safety of football. Beck called Obama a “girl,” a “woman” and the “chick-in-chief” for his statements and…

Chris Christie to Letterman: Only 40 percent of your jokes about me are funny

Monday night on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” host David Letterman welcomed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and the two had a mostly-friendly back and forth about Letterman’s mockery of the governor’s weight. “How do you feel about me?” was Letterman’s first question of the interview. Christie giggled…

One-third of Americans believe God decides who wins sporting events

A reent study by the Public Religion Research Institute has found that nearly 3 out of every 10 Americans believes that God decides the outcome of sporting events by favoring players who are virtuous and who God perceives as good. According to the study, “Americans are less likely to believe that…

Questions arise over Iran space monkey claims

Iranian officials are claiming that a simple mix-up of files is to blame for the fact that their photos of the monkey they allegedly shot into space do not match. According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the Iranian government said that one of the two different monkeys portrayed…

Hayes and panel: Marco Rubio will likely face right-wing backlash

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes and panelists discussed the political prospects of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), who some see as a top contender for the Republican Party’s hopes in 2016. Panelists Aaron Pena of the Hispanic Republican Caucus of Texas and Lorella Praeli…

Maddow: Rand Paul and other whack-job conservatives eroding U.S. standing in the world

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how the clownish antics of conservatives on Capitol Hill are beginning to affect the standing of the U.S. in the world. She touched on recent conspiracy theories from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) about the raid on the U.S. consulate…

HHS takes final steps toward near-universal contraception coverage

Reproductive rights groups are applauding the latest announcement by the Obama administration of proposed policies aimed at providing contraceptive coverage to women employed by religious organizations. NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher institute and other organizations have enthusiastically greeted the news that under the provisions of the Affordable Care…

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