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Asian authorities warn of risks in so-called ‘human flesh pills’

Some people believe that they contain the dried flesh of dead babies or aborted fetuses, others say just placental tissue. Chinese authorities claim they don’t exist, but so-called “human flesh pills” were first seized by authorities in South Korea last August. According to CNN, some 35 cases (approximately 17,000 pills)…

NC governor: Marriage amendment ‘about taking away rights’

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) on Tuesday insisted that voters should cast their ballots against the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment restricting marriage to “one man and one woman” because it was “about taking away rights.” While Perdue continues to be against marriage rights for North Carolina’s LGBT population, the…

Hugh Hefner: ‘If we’re not free in our own bedrooms then we’re not free at all’

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner continued his recent castigation of Republicans Monday evening and defended himself from critics who say he has exploited women throughout the years. “I’m on the right side of the sexual revolution too,” Hefner told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur in an interview. “I know what the world…

Republican Senate candidate in ND can’t name minimum wage

A Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota and his staff found themselves stumped recently by a voter who wanted to know the state’s minimum wage. A video of the exchange between Rep. Nick Berg (R-ND) and a young woman was posted by the North Dakota Democratic Party on Monday. “I…

Activist: Obama ‘losing credibility’ with voters over same-sex marriage stance

Monday on CurrentTV’s “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm,” host Jennifer Granholm was joined by Freedom to Marry activist Marc Solomon. The two discussed Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks from Sunday in support of gay marriage and the president’s reaction to them, or lack thereof. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,”…

Colbert: TV can make you believe in more than marriage equality

Stephen Colbert poked a little fun on Monday evening at Vice President Joe Biden’s television-inspired decision to support marriage equality Biden said on NBC’s Meet The Press that the sitcom Will & Grace helped him develop his current position and did “more to educate the American public than almost anything…

Romney: ‘I’ll take a lot of credit’ for saving the auto industry

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday gave himself kudos for the U.S. auto industry’s recovery because he had called to let car companies go bankrupt. “I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy,” the candidate told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “And finally, when that was done, and help was given,…

Stewart asks France: ‘Why are your skunks so date-rapey?’

Jon Stewart wanted to ask the citizens of France many questions Monday evening in the aftermath of their presidential elections this weekend. With his “List of things I don’t understand about France,” the Comedy Central host shared the pressing questions he had for the European nation. “Why do all your…

Rep. Paul Ryan: Ayn Rand’s philosophy ‘completely antithetical to mine’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a town hall event on Friday denied his worldview had been influenced by the libertarian writer Ayn Rand, who advocated the “virtue of selfishness” and called Christianity the “the best kindergarten of communism possible.” In video obtained by Think Progress, one of…

Reuters journalist Rob Cox: Shareholders could help reverse Citizens United

Reuters’ Rob Cox explained Monday on MSNBC how two major U.S. companies could help offset the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Bank of America and 3M will be giving their shareholder the chance to vote on a referendum on Tuesday and Wednesday that would prohibit the use of corporate…

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