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Meryl Streep speaks out for Bill of Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights is releasing a new set of ads, featuring high profile actors including Meryl Streep, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler to warn women about the threats to their reproductive freedoms and urging them to sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights. “Every day the opponents of our…

‘KONY 2012′ founder: I had an out-of-body experience

The man behind the online campaign to oust Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony told Oprah Winfrey he became a whole other person at the time he was filmed naked and belligerent in San Diego after his campaign’s success. “It’s hard to describe to people who have never had an out-of-body experience,…

Actress Daryl Hannah arrested for physically blocking Keystone XL construction

Actress Daryl Hannah, a longtime Texan and star of such films as “Kill Bill,” “Blade Runner” and “Splash,” was arrested Thursday night in the east Texas town of Winnsboro as she helped a neighbor physically block heavy construction equipment from continuing to build the trans-continental Keystone XL pipeline. Hannah, 51,…

Teen denied Eagle Scout for disobeying ‘duty to God’ by being gay

The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday said that they had denied a gay California teen Eagle Scout honors because he had not lived up to the principle of “duty to God” with his sexual orientation. The Scoutmaster for Troop 212 in Moraga decided that Ryan Andresen was “no longer…

Science explains: What actually happens to the brain on marijuana?

It’s a cultural zeitgeist in America that “your brain on drugs” is a brutish, violent experience that produces nothing but euphoria at the moment at the expense of the user’s future. But science is a bit more nuanced than that. The increasingly popular YouTube account AsapSCIENCE has carried some pretty…

Rights group: Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 women worldwide every year

The Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, has released a video entitled “Abortion Worldwide” to raise awareness of some of the issues surrounding abortion rights in the U.S. and other parts of the world. According to Guttmacher’s research, regardless…

Wisconsin TV anchor’s bully responds: Slim down, for the kids

A man who wrote to a Wisconsin TV news anchor last week calling her “obese” — which sparked a response that went viral — now says he was merely concerned that her appearance might be influencing children. A statement being attributed to one Kenneth W. Krause, a former prosecutor who…

TV anchor responds to her bully on the air

On Tuesday, Jennifer Livingston, morning anchor for LaCrosse, Wisconsin’s WKBT, took a moment to call a viewer who wrote in about her weight a “bully” and thank readers for their “inspiring” support. The viewer wrote to Livingston on Friday, in an email with the heading “Community Responsibility.” “It’s unusual that…

Riot police arrest 17 at Walmart warehouse worker solidarity rally

About 600 people turned out Monday in Elwood, Illinois for a sit-in protest against alleged mistreatment of warehouse workers employed by Walmart contractor RoadLink. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 17 peaceful protesters were arrested by police in riot gear after they sat in the middle of a road and blocked…

Romney’s sanitation workers bash his ‘hypocritical’ views

The AFSCME on Monday launched an online ad campaign against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, using public service workers in his own town to attack him. In three separate videos, public employees who work in La Jolla, California criticize Romney for benefiting from government services while threatening to cut them…

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