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Jon Stewart’s Iranian journalist friend: Regime uses ‘sick’ homoerotic torture for ‘entertainment’

An Iranian journalist who’s now the subject of comedian Jon Stewart’s upcoming film “Rosewater” told “The Daily Show” host and a crowd gathered by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) last week that he and others have endured “sick” homoerotic torture, apparently for their captors’ mere “entertainment.” Maziar Bahari was…

South Carolina sued for removing male genitals of ‘hermaphrodite’ toddler

The adopted parents of a boy in South Carolina announced on Tuesday that they were suing the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), social workers and doctors for forcing their son, who was born with both male and female sex organs, to undergo sexual-reassignment surgery when he was 16-months-old.…

California cops defend seizing video depicting fatal beating case

Authorities in Kern County, California are defending themselves against criticism for confiscating cell phone video of seven sheriff’s deputies’ fatal encounter with a 33-year-old man. “For us not to go get videos that are evidence, we wouldn’t be doing a very good investigation,” Sheriff Donny Youngblood told CNN. But witnesses…

Cancer-stricken civil rights attorney pleads to be released from prison

A cancer-stricken civil rights attorney, jailed over her legal representation of Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, is pleading for a compassionate release from prison due to her worsening medical condition. 73-year-old Lynne Stewart may not have much more time, her doctors say. Now fighting stage 4 cancer that’s spread to her…

Christian radio host blames ‘leftists’ and ‘sex education’ for drug-resistant gonorrhea

Conservative Christian radio host Matt Barber on Tuesday said that liberals and “comprehensive sex education” had caused a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to traditional treatments. Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control warned that a strain of gonorrhea had developed a resistance to the antibiotic cephalosporin,…

Maddow guest: Justice Department surveillance of AP ‘positively Nixonian’

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the Justice Department’s decision to seize the phone records of reporters from the Associated Press. After giving a run-down of the global headlines of the day, and calling Monday “one of those days where the news “was…

Bachmann urges ‘spiritual warfare’ to impose religious values on government

Speaking to the Liberty Council’s “The Awakening 2013″ conference last month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) urged a religious crowd to focus on “spiritual warfare” in their continuing fight to impose religious values on government. “You see, if we retreat from our values and fail to make the case on issues…

Cheney: Benghazi ‘one of the worst incidents that I can recall’

The man who was vice president during the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001 says that last year’s attack in Benghazi was “one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career.” In an interview on Fox News on Monday, former Vice President…

Pelosi: If Boehner were a woman he’d be labeled ‘the weakest Speaker in history’

Appearing on Monday night’s episode of “All In with Chris Hayes,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that if her Republican counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner, were a woman, “they’d be calling him the weakest Speaker in history.” Hayes asked Pelosi, “Is John Boehner a weak speaker?” Pelosi smiled.…

Colbert: Fox News having trouble ‘infecting America with their news herpes’

Stephen Colbert celebrated his birthday on Monday by backing up Fox News’ claim that the press at large was President Barack Obama’s “scandal condom” against issues like the September 2012 fatal consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. “No matter how rough Fox News slams this story to the hilt, they still…

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