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Feds probing Arizona school’s ‘Redneck Day’ after student wears Confederate flag

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has said it will open an investigation after a student in Arizona wore a Confederate flag to a school-sponsored “Redneck Day.” Civil rights leaders contacted the ED after a photo emerged of a student wearing a large Confederate Army battle flag as a cape…

Rabid skunk bites Minnesota toddler ‘inside of his mouth’

A rabid skunk attacked a 5-month-old Minnesota boy on Thursday, biting him several times on the face and even “inside of his mouth,” according to local police. The attack happened at a day care in Little Falls, Minn., according to NBC affiliate station KARE-TV. The woman who owns the daycare…

Sen. Richard Burr: Republicans shutting down govt. over Obamacare is ‘the dumbest idea’ ever

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) this week said that a fellow Republican senator’s idea to shut down the federal government to block President Barack Obama’s health care reform law was the “dumbest idea” he had ever heard. Earlier this week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told Fox News that he was calling…

‘Junk Squad’ helps politicians safely sext and tweet their explicit pics

Thursday night on “Conan,” Team Coco introduced a new service for politicians who want to send perfect strangers explicit photos of their junk, but who find the intricacies of online privacy perplexing. The segment opened with a an actor playing a congressman opening his laptop and saying, “Oh, no! There’s…

Colbert: Turns out ‘Robocop’ was optimistic view of Detroit’s future

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert discussed Detroit, Michigan’s looming bankruptcy. With its dwindling population, collapsing infrastructure and areas of complete lawlessness, Colbert said, the real Detroit is making the blasted, post-apocalyptic vision of the city portrayed in the film “Robocop” look like a utopia.…

John Oliver lambastes Goldman Sachs for screwing America without fear of jail

Thursday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver launched a blistering attack on the big banks by noting an important change to the board game Monopoly: the jail is being removed. “Yes, you heard right,” he remarked. “The game designed to teach children how capitalism works has removed the…

Cenk Uygur: ‘It’s over’ if Obama appoints Larry Summers to the Federal Reserve

No one can claim President Barack Obama is a progressive if Larry Summers ends up at the Federal Reserve, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks said on Thursday. “If he appoints Larry Summers it is over,” he remarked. “There is no one that can make the case that President Obama…

Jeremy Scahill blasts ‘Murder Inc.’ Republicans: They want torture as official policy

Journalist and author Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans Thursday on Democracy Now over their support for so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. At a Senate hearing on the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison held Wednesday, conservative activist Frank Gaffney had criticized President Barack Obama’s use of drones to kill suspected terrorists. Gaffney…

New Jersey Democrat proposes bill to repeal the Patriot Act

A New Jersey Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate introduced legislation on Wednesday that would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. Rep. Rush Holt, a rocket scientist, explained to RT the two laws have allowed the federal government to conduct massive domestic surveillance operations. Though he admitted his…

Parody video shows why GOP ‘gynaeticians’ shouldn’t dictate women’s health

Actress Amber Tamblyn and comedian David Cross released a video on Thursday that pointedly mocks the Republican assault on women’s reproductive rights. “Can you imagine if this actually happened to you? If you’re one of millions of American women, it has,” Tamblyn wrote on The Huffington Post. “It is happening…

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