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Atheist Arizona lawmaker quotes Carl Sagan for House opening prayer

An atheist state lawmaker in Arizona invoked astronomer Carl Sagan on Tuesday when he was tasked with giving the opening prayer for the state House of Representatives. Democratic state Representative Juan Mendez began by asking members not to bow their heads, explaining that he had a “secular humanist tradition,” according…

Two Virginia women charged over homespun herbal abortion

Two Virginia women are being charged with inducing an abortion using herbs they purchased at a local supplement store, according to Norfolk-based WTKR-TV. The women are Jessica Carpenter, 20, and Rachel Lowe, 27. Court documents allege that Lowe, a former employee of the Tidewater Women’s Clinic in Norfolk, helped Carpenter…

Report: FBI shoots and kills man in Florida connected to Marathon bombing suspect

Federal agents shot and killed a man linked to one of the suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing attack after “something went wrong” during questioning, CBS News reported Wednesday morning. The Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the man, identified by CBS and an Orlando news outlet as 26-year-old…

Colbert knocks Census: It’s like a drunk ex-boyfriend showing up on your porch

Stephen Colbert rallied behind Rep. Jeff Duncan’s (R-SC) call to gut the Census Bureau’s fact-finding powers. “Every few years they show up on our front porch demanding personal information,” Colbert raged, before bellowing, “It’s like a drunk ex-boyfriend: ‘Susan! Who’s that new guy you’re dating? What’s the highest level of…

Jon Stewart mocks eccentric alleged crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford

Toronto mayor Rob Ford was simply trying to clean up his city by smoking all the crack cocaine in it, according to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. Stewart on Tuesday night was delighted to learn of the eccentric mayor’s latest scandal. As Stewart showed, the mayor has already been…

Gun lobbyist Larry Pratt: They will take our guns if they pass immigration reform

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt warned earlier this month that immigrants would take away American’s guns, Right Wing Watch reported Tuesday. Speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania, Pratt explained that gun rights advocates needed to defeat comprehensive immigration reform. “Why do we care about an immigration bill?”…

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer tells atheist tornado survivor: ‘You gotta thank the Lord’

With the number of atheists continuing to rise, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday afternoon learned the danger of assuming on live television that his interviewee is a Christian. “I guess, you gotta thank the Lord, right?” he told the survivor of a deadly tornado that ripped through Oklahoma. “Do you…

Nonviolent activist tasered at DOJ while protesting for Wall Street prosecutions

A woman who became an activist after JPMorgan Chase foreclosed on her home in 2011 was shocked with a Taser and arrested while protesting outside the Department of Justice on Tuesday. In video obtained by Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, large men with assault rifles can be seen surrounding Carmen Pittman…

‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye: Massive Oklahoma tornado ‘going to happen again’

Appearing Monday night on CNN, educator Bill Nye “The Science Guy” warned viewers looking on in shock at scenes of extreme weather and destruction in Oklahoma that, based upon all the currently available data, “it’s going to happen again.” Nye, an outspoken voice on climate change, cautioned that “you can’t…

Rand Paul demands Congress ‘apologize’ to Apple for tax avoidance hearing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday lashed out at fellow members of Congress for looking into how technology giant Apple is able to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on Monday detailing how Apple had used a network of offshore…

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