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Cultural historian: ‘Politics is a movie’ and that’s a problem

Cultural historian Neal Gabler believes that Hollywood movies have shaped our perceptions of political campaigns for the worse. “Life itself has become an entertainment medium,” Gabler told Bill Moyers during a PBS interview on Friday. “We are all actors in and audience for an ongoing show. We are so steeped…

Man tests body armor by firing point blank into own stomach

A man who wanted to prove that his body armor would really protect him put it to the ultimate test by firing a round point blank into his own stomach. In video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, a man is seen wearing a bullet-proof vest with the word “security” on…

Romney: My wife ‘drives a couple of Cadillacs’

Republican hopeful Mitt Romney illustrated again on Friday why voters may find him harder to relate to than any other presidential candidate. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field, the former Massachusetts governor awkwardly praised Michigan and bragged about all the vehicles he and his wife…

Karen Santorum: Rick’s campaign is ‘God’s will’

The wife of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that God is responsible for her husband’s recent surge in popularity. “I personally think this is God’s will,” Karen Santorum told GBTV’s Glenn Beck on Thursday. “I think He has us on a path. And I do think there’s a lot…

New Mexico mayoral candidate says rival sent stripper, claims ‘extortion’

A New Mexico mayoral candidate is claiming that one of his opponents set up him by sending a topless dancer to his office and then threatening to release the video if he didn’t drop out of the race. Sunland Park candidate Gerardo Hernandez told KVIA that he was in his…

Sanity Break: 10,000 member choir sings Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

In this video from Osaka, Japan, a 10,000 member amateur choir performs the “Ode to Joy” section of Beethoven’s Symphony Number Nine. The concert is an annual event, but this year’s performance — recorded in late December 2011 — was dedicated to the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and…

Utah GOP passes bill to ban contraception in sex ed

A bill passed by Republicans in the Utah House of Representatives would effectively ban comprehensive education about human sexuality, forcing schools to teach abstinence or nothing at all. In all, 45 Republicans voted for state Rep. Bill Wright’s (R) HB363, with 11 Republicans joining the 17 Democrats who opposed it,…

WATCH: Colbert sings Verdi with tenor Placido Domingo

On Thursday night’s edition of The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert performed a feat we are not likely to see repeated by any other TV host, network or cable, serious or satirical. At the end of a segment featuring Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, Colbert and the singer performed a famous…

Jon Stewart: Gingrich confuses Obama with King Herod

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday took aim at the recent Republican presidential debate in Arizona, noting that after one more, the “debates will be able to drink legally.” During Wednesday night’s debate, the moderator asked a question about birth control. Like in previous debates, former House Speaker…

Specter denies making deal with Santorum to support judges

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) Thursday on CNN denied promising his former Senate colleague Rick Santorum that he would support the president’s Supreme Court nominees. At the Republican debate on Wednesday night, Santorum said he endorsed Specter — a pro-choice Republican who voted for health care reform — in 2004…

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