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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…

Huntsman calls for third party: ‘The system is broken’

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Thursday expressed his disillusionment with the dominance of the Republican and Democratic parties in American politics. “We need campaign finance reform,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC. “The system is broken. We need term limits. We need something to compete against a duopoly…

Santorum: Obama ‘in bed with Muslim Brotherhood’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that President Barack Obama was “willing to jump in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood” and throw former dictator Hosni Mubarak “under the bus” during Egypt’s 2011 revolution. Speaking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday, the former Pennsylvania senator warned that the…

Woman barred from all-male panel: Using contraception makes me qualified

A woman who was recently excluded from a House Oversight Committee hearing on contraception says she was qualified to testify because unlike the all-male panel of witnesses, she actually uses birth control. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said at the time that he had rejected Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke…

Romney on Santorum: ‘I wonder which team he was taking it for’

Following sparring with Rick Santorum at a GOP debate on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked the former Pennsylvania senator with a slightly suggestive line, wondering “which team he was taking it for.” During the CNN-sponsor debate in Arizona, Santorum had defended his support for the “No Child Left…

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