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‘Occupy’ prank gives New Yorkers free subway rides

Activists thought to be affiliated with Occupy Wall Street on Wednesday chained open as many as 25 subway stations in New York City, inviting commuters to ride without paying fares. Signs with official Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) logos were places around stations, reading, “Free Entry, No Fare. Please Enter Through…

Zimmerman’s father says ‘so much hate’ coming from Obama

The father of a neighborhood watch enthusiast who gunned down an African-American teen in Florida last month is calling on President Barack Obama and other black leaders to “go beyond the hate that they have.” In an interview with WOFL on Wednesday, George Zimmerman’s father, who did not wish to…

Former child janitor to Gingrich: Your jobs plan ‘offended’ me

A man who spent part of his childhood working as a janitor told Newt Gingrich on Wednesday that he was offended by the Republican presidential candidate’s plan to put kids to work. During an event at Georgetown University, Hector Cendejas called out the former House Speaker for his initiative to…

Elephant goes to shopping mall after escaping from circus

A 5,500 pound elephant, named Baby, escaped from his circus handlers and wandered around a parking lot in Ireland on Tuesday. Two circus employees tried to get the animal under control, but the 40-year-old pachyderm refused to cooperate, according to the Irish Times. After making his way through the parking…

Stephen Colbert won’t obey the health care edicts of Pres. ‘Baroccoli Obama’

If there are two things Stephen Colbert has learned from television news over the last couple of days, it’s that the individual mandate is dead and that the health care debate is ultimately all about broccoli. The fact that neither of these things is true matters not a whit, apparently,…

Romney says story about Michigan layoffs is ‘humorous’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday told a story about his father closing a factory in Michigan that he said tickled his funny bone. Speaking to thousands of Wisconsin voters during a tele-town hall, the former Massachusetts governor recalled what he described as a “humorous” anecdote that left some…

Alice Walker reads from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple and activist, participated in a panel celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. At the event sponsored by the The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR, Walker, actress Ruby Dee…

Stewart: ‘Mr. President, we can hear you capitulating to the Russians’

On Wednesday night’s edition of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart played back the now-infamous “hot mic” incident from President Obama’s trip to South Korea for a nuclear summit earlier this week. While Republicans were quick to attack the president for what they perceived as electoral hubris, Stewart sees another…

Maddow: People hate Obamacare, but love its provisions

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Wednesday night that although polls have found that most Americans have an unfavorable view of Obama’s health care reform, they overwhelming approve of the actual provisions of the law. “So, you ask people if they want the health care law and they say, ‘no, it’s…

Jimmy Kimmel: Herman Cain ‘one crazy hairstyle away from being Don King’

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday jokingly compared former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to eccentric boxing promoter Don King. Kimmel played a clip of Cain speaking about bumblebees at a tea party rally. “If you measure the aerodynamic perimeters of the bumblebee, that little flat body and…

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