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Democrat attacks GOP’s budget ‘abomination’ for increasing spending on nukes

Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) slammed his Republicans colleagues on Tuesday for prioritizing the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) over “life saving” infrastructure. Garamendi said the proposed energy and water budget ignored the need to “protect human life,” because it would spend more than $7 billion on nuclear weapons while cutting…

FBI nominee: Waterboarding during Bush administration was illegal torture

During his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, FBI director nominee James Comey said the use of waterboarding by the Bush administration was illegal. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked Comey about his opinion on the matter. “When I first learned about waterboarding, my…

Nun gets 90 days in jail for stealing $128K from churches for gambling

A nun who stole about $128,000 from two churches in Orleans County, New York has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. According to Channel 9 News, Sister Mary Anne Rapp was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail, five years of probation, 100 hours of community service and she…

Florida doctor to perform vasectomies in front of live audience and Internet viewers

A Florida doctor hopes that his plan to perform vasectomies before a live audience and also stream the procedures on the Internet will make the world a better place. In an interview with Australia’s ABC radio on Tuesday, Dr. Doug Stein told host Vicki Kerrigan that the live audience at…

Radio host: Persecution against anti-LGBT Christians has begun

Christian radio host Matt Barber said Monday the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in favor of marriage equality have paved the way for societal discrimination against Christians. “It’s already starting to happen,” Barber told co-host Mat Staver. “By laying the groundwork now for the widespread recognition of so-called same sex marriage…

Texas lawmaker brings knitting needle, coat hangers, turpentine to abortion debate

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) brought a knitting needle, a coat hanger, a feather and turpentine to an abortion debate in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday to make a point about an exception for rape and incest. During a special session called after state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and other…

Planned Parenthood leader among 64 arrested protesting North Carolina anti-abortion law

A North Carolina state leader for Planned Parenthood was among 64 people arrested on Monday while protesting the “sneak attack” on reproductive rights approved by state lawmakers last week. “I want these politicians to see that with every attack, they are creating a fierce and ever stronger opposition,” Planned Parenthood…

NC lawmaker: ‘Medicaid expansion has absolutely nothing to do with women’s health’

A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina on Tuesday asserted that Medicaid expansion had “absolutely nothing to do with women’s health.” During a state House Health Committee hearing on a bill that is expected to close all but one abortion clinic in North Carolina, state Rep. Nelson Dollar (R) said that…

NY school board lawyer fired for calling parent a ‘fat c*nt’

Parents in East Ramapo, New York celebrated the firing Monday night of their local school board’s attorney in the wake of a profanity-laced tirade caught on video, WNBC-TV reported. The decision followed a protest at school district headquarters demanding the removal of Christopher Kirby, an attorney with Minerva & D’Agostino,…

Watch live: Texas special session on anti-abortion bill

The Texas state legislature return to the statehouse to again take up a controversial bill that would place stringent restrictions on abortion services in the state. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on July 9.…

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