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Bill Moyers on contraception debate: religious freedom includes freedom from it

In a video essay, Bill Moyers explains how the debate over contraception coverage under the new health care legislation highlights a religious debate that is one of the oldest in America. It’s one our forefathers struggled with, and one we continue to struggle with today. “If an individual Catholic worker…

Conservative radio host accused of hit and run at gay bar

Houston police are investigating claims that a conservative radio host fled the scene after hitting a parked car at a popular local gay bar. Although police initially declined to press charges against Michael Berry, at least two witnesses have come forward and video evidence places him at the club around…

Facebook asked to change policies after man posts pictures of a woman’s rape

Julia Helene didn’t know that she had been the victim of a crime… until pictures of it were posted on Facebook under a fake profile created in her name. Helene told police in September 2010 that another friend showed her the pictures, and they eventually arrested Reid Jones, a chef…

Massachusetts town vows to defy indefinite detention law

A small town in Massachusetts says it is “opting out” of a federal law that allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial. The city of Northampton on Thursday passed a strongly worded resolution (PDF) to protest provisions of the federal government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which even…

Rep. Maloney slams all-male Issa birth control hearing

Rep. Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY) appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Thursday night to discuss Thursday’s Congressional panel on birth control. Mahoney, like many, was taken aback at the panel’s near-total exclusion of women and its refusal to hear the testimony of female witnesses. Rep. Mahoney and her…

Santorum attacks media over backer’s ‘bad joke’ on contraception

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a page from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s playbook on Friday and lashed out at CBS News for asking him about a major supporter who dismissed the need for contraception by saying women could put an aspirin “between their knees.” “This is someone who…

Daily Show: Santorum ad is joke ‘entrapment’

The Romney and Santorum campaigns are each spending millions of dollars on ads in Michigan in hopes of taking the state in the upcoming Republican primary. Thursday night on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart had a look at what kind of ads the candidates and their PACs are getting…

Warren: Birth control battle ‘why people really hate politics’

Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception. In response to a White House proposal, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has proposed a rule that would allow…

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine denies endorsing Santorum

In a statement sent to CNN, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine on Thursday denied endorsing former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for President of the United States. “Contrary to how some people have interpreted my words, I have not endorsed any presidential candidate,” he said. “I hope to see a Republican in…

Bernie Sanders: I’m more of a deficit hawk than many Republicans

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday told Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee they were hypocritical for vowing to reduce the federal deficit while supporting wars overseas and tax breaks for wealthy Americans. The committee was holding a hearing on the President’s 2013 budget with Treasury Secretary Geithner.…

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