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Package containing explosives sent to Sheriff Joe Arpaio

A suspicious package sent to the controversial anti-immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Flagstaff, Arizona was found to contain explosive materials, police told KPNX and the Arizona Republic on Thursday evening. An explosive test of the package revealed black powder, according to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms…

8-year-old follows Tenn. lawmaker around Capitol until he drops welfare bill

A Tennessee lawmaker has relented and agreed to drop his bill linking academic performance to the family’s welfare benefits after an 8-year-old girl shamed him by following him around the state Capitol. On his way to vote on Thursday, state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) was confronted by 8-year-old homeschooler Aamira…

Colbert warns: Americans are going to start gay-marrying their weed

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert lamented the decline in our national moral character, as evinced by the fact that a majority of Americans now support same sex marriage and marijuana legalization, which can only end one way. People are going to start marrying their weed. A…

Filmmaker David Lynch touts transcendental meditation for PTSD and new documentary

Veteran filmmaker David Lynch says US authorities should use more transcendental meditation to help soldiers returning from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. Hosting a Beverly Hills screening of “Meditation, Creativity, Peace,” his new 70-minute documentary about the technique, Lynch also touted its positive impact on troubled schoolchildren, jail inmates and…

Jon Stewart rips apart Rand Paul’s attempted outreach to black students

On The Daily Show Thursday night, host Jon Stewart and correspondent Larry Wilmore mocked Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) recent speech to black students at Howard University. Stewart observed that Paul portrayed himself as courageous and heroic for appearing before the highly prestigious students, which was not a particularly dangerous situation.…

Arkansas attorney general launches investigation into Exxon oil spill

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday night vowed to hold Exxon Mobil accountable after the company’s pipeline ruptured and flooded a small town. He told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that he expected oil company, not the government, to foot the bill for cleaning up the spill. McDaniel also suggested…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren scolds regulators for protecting banks

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts chided two financial regulators on Thursday, wondering why the men were protecting big banks rather than helping struggling families. During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Warren questioned Daniel P. Stipano of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Richard Ashton of the…

Jesuit father tells Congress: U.S. immigration system violates Scripture

Jesuit Father Sean Carroll told members of Congress on Wednesday that the United States current immigration system ran counter to the teachings of the Christian Bible. He said at a hearing on immigration reform that the United States disturbingly and unjustly separated families. The hearing was convened by Rep. Raul…

Police: Woman faked cancer to make money for heroin

A 21-year-old New York woman faked having several types of cancer in order to solicit donations in person and over the Internet to support her heroin habit, prosecutors announced this week. Brittany Ozarowski created a website with a photo of her in a wheelchair, explaining to readers that she was…

McConnell camp denies misogyny in Judd plot: ‘Nothing out of bounds in the tapes’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jessie Benton, on Thursday insisted that it had not been misogynistic to scheme about using Ashley Judd’s “emotionally unbalanced” mental state against her if she ran for Senate in Kentucky. Earlier this week, Mother Jones‘ David Corn published audio from an unnamed…

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