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Arizona Republicans lash out at Democrats to defend tax loophole for corporate jets

Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny riled the feathers of the state’s Republican Party by suggesting that those who can afford corporate jets should have to make sacrifices, not just seniors and middle-class families. “What (President Barack Obama) is saying is (that) we need a balanced approach, and if we…

Prop designer wins legal battle over Star Wars helmet

Prop designer Andrew Ainsworth won a court battle on Wednesday in the United Kingdom against George Lucas over his right to sell replica Stormtrooper helmets. He designed the original costume for the white-clad Stormertroopers in the Star Wars series. The Supreme Court judges ruled the helmets were functional and not…

Radio ad urges Iowans to write in Rick Perry on Ames Straw Poll

A political action committee founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging people to write in Texas Governor Rick Perry’s name on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, according to the Des Moines Register. Politico reported that Iowa Republican leaders left Perry and…

ACLU plans ‘Family, Faith and Freedom’ event to counter Gov. Perry’s prayer rally

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas announced Wednesday they would be partnering with Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) to host an alternative to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally in Houston. “Gov. Perry’s decision to sponsor a ‘Christians-only’ prayer rally is bad enough. That…

‘Father of cryogenics’ Robert Ettinger frozen alongside first, second wives

Robert Ettinger, the author of the 1962 book The Prospect of Immortality, has been cryopreserved next to the bodies of his first and second wives, and his mother. He died July 23 at the age of 92. Ettinger founded the Cryonics Institute and the Immortalist Society. He is considered a…

Ed Schultz: Big government makes big people

On his MSNBC show Tuesday night, Ed Schultz took issue with House Speaker John Boehner’s belief that, “the bigger the government, the smaller the people,” noting an informal Washington Post analysis that found a positive relationship between the size of government and the size of people. Watch video, courtesy of…

Bill Maher ‘terribly disappointed’ with Obama, but Republicans ‘certainly a$$holes’

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, sat down with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing debt negotiations. Maher said he was “disappointed, terribly disappointed” with President Barack Obama. “I don’t know what is going on in this man’s mind,” he continued. “I like Obama so…

Anti-gay heavy metal preacher files lawsuit against Rachel Maddow

Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has filed a lawsuit against NBC, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and The Minnesota Independent on behalf of Bradlee Dean, head of the religious ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International. “This case is filed as a matter of…

FBI targets 12 ‘Anonymous’ hacktivists over Koch Industries cyber attack

As part of an ongoing investigation into “coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations” by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous,” the FBI is investigating 12 individuals suspected of participating in cyber attacks against business websites operated by Koch Industries. Koch Industries owners Charles and David Koch were being…

Jeff Jarvis on the #f@ckyouwashington Twitter hashtag

CBS News on Tuesday briefly interviewed Jeff Jarvis, the journalism professor credited with spurring the “#FuckYouWashington” Twitter hashtag into prominence. “One tweeter, Jeff House, said there was a large pile of dry tinder and that all I did was throw a match on it,” Jarvis explained, “and people were mad…

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