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Cleveland officials back-tracking after harassing gay bar over calls to police

City officials in Cleveland walked back from a letter accusing a local gay bar manager of placing “an undue and inappropriate burden” on taxpayers and police by reporting violence outside his business, in spite of a rash of hate crimes over the past week. WEWS-TV reported on Thursday that the…

15 girls under investigation after 12-year-old commits suicide

A group of 15 teenage girls is reportedly under investigation in connection with the suicide of a 12-year-old former classmate, the Lakeland Ledger reported on Thursday. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday that Rebecca Ann Sedwick had been “absolutely terrorized on social media” for more…

Reid rips tea party on the Senate floor: ‘Anarchists have taken over’ Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that efforts by tea party-backed Republicans in the Senate to use an energy efficiency bill to defund Obamacare was evidence that “anarchist have taken over” Congress. In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid said that some senators had attempted to…

Republican senator on journalists who publish leaks: ‘Historically, spies have been shot’

In a contentious Senate panel hearing about what protections should be available to journalists who receive government secrets, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) said that “historically, spies have been shot for revealing information,” and that the thinking on a shield law for journalists should proceed forth from that point. The…

Perkins: Boycott Betty Crocker for donating wedding cakes to ‘counterfeit marriages’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins this week called for a boycott of the Betty Crocker brand after it baked wedding cakes and donated them to the first same sex marriages in Minnesota. “Celebrating these three families today, seemed very appropriate as Betty celebrates all families,” Betty Crocker brand manager…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the vacuum of space

On Wednesday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson endeavored to explain why space is a vacuum and what exactly we mean when we say that. Tyson was answering a listener question, “If we take an open jar into space and close it, thereby filling it with the vacuum of space, what would…

Minnesota Catholic school fires second LGBT employee this year

A teacher in Minnesota has become the second LGBT employee to be terminated by Totino-Grace High School this year after officials learned she was in a same sex relationship. English and religion teacher Kristen Ostendorf, 43, told MinnPost that she unexpectedly came out to a room full of 120 teachers…

Conservative talker attacks atheist over Christian cross at New Jersey 9/11 memorial

In the interview embedded below, American Atheists public relations director Dave Muscato attempted to explain to right-leaning radio host Steve Malzberg why the secularist group is fighting the placement of a Christian cross at a Princeton, NJ memorial site dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11,…

‘Oh, my!’ — CNN anchor gasps as car overturns in rushing water during live rescue near Boulder

CNN anchor Carol Costello let out an audible gasp during the broadcast on Thursday as swift water rescue teams tried to save a man in an overturned car in a flooded Colorado creek. CNN was covering the aftermath of night torrential rain that left at least two people dead when…

Bernie Sanders: Obama has been a disappointment, but he can still save his presidency

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Ed Show,” host Ed Schultz welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for a discussion about the Republicans’ ideological inconsistency on whether or not U.S. intervention is warranted in Syria. Schultz began Wednesday’s program by discussing the priorities of Republicans in Congress. He asked, “Will the…

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