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Police search for Pittsburgh man who allegedly set girlfriend on fire

Pittsburgh police launched a manhunt on Thursday for a man who allegedly lit his girlfriend on fire during a domestic dispute, according to KDKA-TV. Police say the argument between Clinton Cohen, 27, and Maria Redman, 22, erupted Thursday morning in Redman’s apartment. During the scuffle, which took place in front…

Colbert: Sequester not a terrible problem, it’s a terrible solution

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert took on the sequester, the looming series of forced budget cuts that are going into effect after Congress’ failure to hammer out a budget bill. “Tonight,” said Colbert, “a ticking time bomb goes off in Washington, and for once I am…

Florida man ‘swallowed by sinkhole’ under bedroom presumed dead

A man is presumed dead after a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom in the U.S. state of Florida and “swallowed” him, CNN reported Friday. The incident happened overnight in Brandon, a suburb of Tampa. Authorities called to the scene found the hole to be about 100 feet (30 meters)…

Jon Stewart mocks ‘delicate flower’ Bob Woodward

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped the coverage of a recent spat between the White House and journalist Bob Woodward. Woodward alleged a senior White House official said he would “regret” his reporting on budget negotiations between the President and Congress. The Washington Post…

Rachel Maddow on the sequester: This goose is cooked

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow doubted that President Barack Obama and Republicans would be able to reach a last-minute deal to avert across-the-board budget cuts. The $85 billion worth of indiscriminate spending cuts was implemented as a part of a political deal to raise the federal…

Constituents laugh at Republican’s ignorance of trans-vaginal ultrasounds

During a town hall meeting last week, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) claimed to be ignorant of trans-vaginal ultrasounds and their recent involvement in the debate over abortion rights. Duffy was asked whether he supported the Woman’s Right to Know her Unborn Child Act, which would require a woman to receive…

Republican senator defends tax breaks for corporate jet owners

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas on Thursday defended the so-called “corporate jet loophole,” which provides special tax deductions for the owners of private jets. President Barack Obama has called for the corporate jet tax break and similar deductions, such as those for yacht owners, to be eliminated as part…

Man sentenced to read lynching essay in ‘peace circle’ for attacking black teen with noose

An Illinois man on Wednesday was sentenced to two years of probation and told to write an essay about lynching after he assaulted an African-American teen with a noose in 2011. In January, Chicago police arrested 19-year-old Matthew Herrmann for putting a noose around the neck of a Brother Rice…

Pat Robertson: My prayers are ‘going to supply a million dollars’ to someone

On Thursday’s episode of CBN’s religious talk show “The 700 Club,” televangelist and conservative icon Pat Robertson declared that the Christian deity figure had subconsciously told him that one lucky viewer of Robertson’s program will be made a millionaire through the power of Christ. “God is going to supply a…

Pelosi rips into Boehner’s desire to ‘pink slip’ Americans in budget negotiations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday blamed Republicans for doing nothing to stop automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester, which she said would disproportionately impact women and that Americans “might as well get a pink slip” directly from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “Tomorrow is fraught with…

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