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Irish lawmaker pulls female MP onto his lap during abortion debate

An Irish politician has apologized after he was seen pulling a female colleague onto his lap during an abortion debate that ran into the early hours of Wednesday morning. As the Republic of Ireland’s upper house was debating a landmark bill that for the first time granted abortion rights in…

Zimmerman lawyer closes by showing jury shirtless Trayvon photo

Mark O’Mara, an attorney for former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, concluded his defense on Friday by showing a photo of a shirtless Trayvon Martin. In his closing remarks, O’Mara presented the mostly-white, all-female jury with a life-sized silhouette to demonstrate Martin’s height over Zimmerman, which he noted included a hoodie…

Pakistani activist to UN: Terrorists think God is ‘tiny, little conservative’ who sends ‘girls to hell’

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by Taliban forces in October 2012, addressed the United Nations general assembly in New York City on Friday. “There are hundreds of human rights activists and social workers who are not only speaking for human rights, but who…

Doocy: Forcing Walmart to pay living wage could be ‘the death of free enterprise’

Fox News host Steve Doocy suggested on Friday that it could be “the death of free enterprise as we know it” if a bill requiring Walmart to pay a living wage was approved by the mayor of Washington, D.C. In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this week, Walmart regional general…

Conan O’Brien reveals Bieber’s other apology tweets

Thursday night on “Conan,” host Conan O’Brien discussed pop idol Justin Bieber’s Twitter apology to former President Bill Clinton and revealed some lesser-known apologies made by the pint-sized superstar to other big name celebrities. Canadian singer Justin Bieber made headlines this week when video emerged of him urinating into a…

Geraldo Rivera: Jury would have shot Trayvon ‘a lot sooner than George Zimmerman’

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday asserted that prosecutors in Florida had been pressured by MSNBC host Al Sharpton and “race politics” to bring a weak case against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. As the the defense was preparing to present its…

Former Republican strategist: GOP needs to ‘de-kookify’ itself to be taken seriously

Thursday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the Republican Party’s bizarre intransigence when it comes to embracing the kookier elements within itself, including birthers, conspiracy theorists and zealots of all persuasions. She welcomed former campaign strategist from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s 2008 presidential run, Steve Schmidt,…

Watch live: George Zimmerman trial

George Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Editor’s note: This is a live feed of a criminal trial and may contain graphic imagery and language that could offend some viewers. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 12.…

Pennsylvania man arrested for recording his teen son setting a 7-year-old boy on fire

A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly dousing a 7-year-old boy with nail polish remover and then letting his son light the boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 35, of Saxonburg was dating the boy’s mother, according to local media reports. The boy said Myers’ two sons, ages 15…

Father: Son doing ‘really well’ despite being jailed for months over Facebook joke

The father of a teen in Texas who was arrested over a macabre joke on Facebook told MSNBC on Thursday his son was doing surprisingly well. Justin Carter, 19, was arrested in February and charged him with making a terroristic threat after he joked about shooting up a school on…

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