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Russian meteor blast had force of 300-kiloton nuclear warhead

Russian meteor blast had force of 300-kiloton nuclear warhead (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) The meteor that exploded over the Ural Mountains in Russia Friday now appears to have been a small asteroid clearly unrelated to 2012 DA14, which flitted past Earth Friday afternoon. Initially, the Russian Academy of…

Bill Maher: GOP ‘has always been an uneasy marriage between the Jesus freaks and the plutocrats’

On tonight’s episode of Real Time, host Bill Maher chatted with panelists Donna Brazile, Jon Meacham, and Jamie Weinstein about recent attempts by some in the GOP — most notably Karl Rove — to “reign in the wild out-there batshit part of the Republican Party and get it back to…

Maher on Hagel: Based on GOP statements ‘the Israelis are controlling our government’

On Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, the host took issue with Senate Republican’s blocking of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Secretary of Defense — actions which have been called unprecedented by Democrats, although USA Today reports that leading senators claim that they will allow a vote the week of…

Moyers guest: Public campaign financing pushes voters to ‘have a little skin in the game’

Bill Moyers had Dan Cantor, the executive director of the progressive Working Families Party and Jonathan Soros, a lawyer and senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, on his show to discuss how to stop money from heavily influencing politics — specifically, public campaign financing. Soros said that reforms regarding money…

Anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean stopped from speaking at Florida high school

A Florida high school barred controversial preacher Bradlee Dean from speaking on campus, reported Talking Points Memo. He was invited by a student school group. According to an attorney for Dean and his organization, the principal of the school in Boca Raton, Fla., held concerns over dean’s anti-gay stance and…

Newspaper misprint leads people seeking subscriptions to phone sex hotline

The Sacramento Bee made a small but critical mistake when it printed the wrong phone number for people to call to order a newspaper subscription. The phone number — off by a single digit — instead led people to a phone sex hotline, reported FOX40. “Welcome to America’s hottest hotline,”…

NASA plans mission to Jupiter moon Europa to look for signs of life

$2bn project, yet to get funding approval, would look for life on Europa, which has vast ice-covered oceans of water Nasa scientists have drawn up plans for a mission that could look for life on Europa, a moon of Jupiter that is covered in vast oceans of water under a…

Watch live: Obama speaks on gun violence in Chicago

President Obama is expected to address gun violence and other issues when he speaks at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Feb. 15. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

W. Kamau Bell: At least Rubio didn’t bite a dog’s head off

W. Kamau Bell came to the defense of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday, asking people to get off his case for his response to the State of the Union address. “It could have been much weirder. He could have been reaching for this,” Bell said, before showing a version…

Christian radio hosts: Boy Scouts lifting gay ban would lead to having ‘a Jerry Sandusky as your scout master’

Christian radio hosts Matt Barber and Mat Staver unleashed a torrent of anti-LGBT fearmongering on their “Faith and Freedom” show on Friday in complaining about the Boy Scouts of America’s possible lifting of its ban on gay members. Media Matters reported. “It makes no sense to have a Jerry Sandusky…

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