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17-year-old immigrant graffiti artist dies after being Tased by Miami cops

Police in Miami Beach say they are investigating the death of a 17-year-old graffiti artist who died after being Tasered by officers. Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez told The Miami Herald that Israel Hernandez-Llach — who was known as “Reefa” in the local graffiti and skateboarding scene — began…

Chris Matthews: GOP will go ‘hard right’ and nominate Rand Paul in 2016

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews predicted that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will be the Republican nominee for president. “I believe the Republican Party is going to go hard right in 2016,” he said. “It’s going to run someone from the hard right wing of the party, something it…

Woman weeps to senator over Social Security cuts: ‘There’s no way for me to eat less!’

A woman broke into tears at a town hall event with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) during a discussion about President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce Social Security cost of living increases. Throughout this year, the White House has been considering adopting what’s known as chained CPI, a less generous way…

Maddow: Maybe it’s time to ditch the Iowa caucuses

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed this week’s revelations that former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) bribed a delegate in the 2012 Iowa caucus to secure an endorsement. Maddow went on to say that the process in Iowa appears to be…

Colbert: Hitler would have raised the minimum wage

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert expressed his solidarity with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto, who said striking fast food workers should be grateful for whatever jobs they can get. “Nation it pains me,” he began, “that in a country with such wealth as ours…

John Oliver shames The Discovery Channel for faking a two-hour sharkgasm

The Daily Show host John Oliver angrily condemned The Discovery Channel on Wednesday night for tricking people into believing a massive prehistoric shark was still alive. The channel’s launched “Shark Week” this weekend by showing a special about scientists hunting for a 67-foot-long megalodon shark. “Wow. The Discovery Channel actually…

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta: Americans ‘terribly and systematically misled’ about marijuana

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, apologized on Wednesday for publicly opposing marijuana legalization, saying science was clearly on the side of the drug. “I think we have been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time, and I did part of that misleading,” he told CNN host Piers…

Wisconsin lawmaker threatened with arrest for observing progressive protest

A Wisconsin lawmaker and a state official were both threatened with arrest on Tuesday for observing a progressive “Solidarity Sing Along” protest at the state Capitol. State Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Middleton) and executive secretary Tia Nelson of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands told Isthmus they were threatened with…

Joe Rogan: Stop worrying about ‘chemtrails’ while sewage is being dumped in the ocean

Standup comedian and television host Joe Rogan warned Monday that conspiracy theories like “chemtrails” could distract people from verifiable damage that was being done to the planet. “What we worry about is weird,” he said on his podcast. “If the government was really spraying something, that is something we should…

Texas man sues GOP lawmaker and husband over months of workplace Tasings

A 45-year-old Texas man is suing a Republican state lawmaker and her husband over what he calls months of attacks with a Taser while working for them that left him paranoid in his private life. “I was constantly looking behind my shoulder, distracted, couldn’t sleep,” Bradley Jones told KHOU-TV. “I…

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