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‘Whitney Houston’ is the world’s most popular search in 2012

Google on Wednesday provided a look at the “spirit of the times” based on what people sought online using the world’s most popular search engine. “While there are perennial themes – ‘what is love?’ topped the list in ten countries – it’s the unusual and surprising that caught our attention…

TV meteorologist fired after responding to racial remarks on Facebook

A black meteorologist said she was fired from her job at an ABC affiliate in Louisiana after responding to racially-problematic remarks left on the station’s Facebook page. The Maynard Institute blog Journal-isms reported on Tuesday that Rhonda Lee was fired from her job at KTBS-TV on Nov. 28 without being…

Perry’s radical anti-abortion agenda includes 20-week ban

Appearing in Houston on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) bragged about his anti-abortion record, including what he called his “privilege” of signing a law that requires women to undergo a medically unnecessary vaginal probe before ending an unwanted pregnancy. Perry spoke at a crisis pregnancy center, at an event…

Gov. Snyder: ‘Right to work’ will ‘make unions more effective’

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is insisting that a so-called “right to work” law which restricts unions’ ability to collect dues is not “anti-union” at all. Speaking to MSNBC on Wednesday, Snyder said his move to sign the legislation into law and join the 23 other “right to work” states…

Colbert says he’s contractually obligated to observe ‘Fiscal Cliffmas’

With the onset of what he called “Fiscal Cliffmas” season upon us, Stephen Colbert advised his audience on Tuesday to settle in for the long haul. “I don’t want to talk about the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ and you don’t want to hear about it,” he conceded. “But for the next 20…

Jon Stewart: ‘Right-to-work’ like strip bars calling themselves gentlemen’s clubs

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart reviewed the controversy in Michigan over a new union busting law. Stewart observed that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder had described “right-to-work” laws as a “divisive” issue nearly a year ago, yet publicly supported the law this month. Today, Snyder…

Granholm: GOP punishing Democratic voters with ‘Orwellian’ right-to-work law

Former Michigan governor and Current TV host Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday slammed Republicans after they pushed a so-called “right-to-work” law through the state legislature. “The ‘Workplace Fairness and Equity Act,’ the Orwellian name will surely give historians a big laugh,” she said. “Was the ‘free beer and ice cream’ act…

Fox News contributor ‘beat down’ at Michigan union protest

Fox News contributor and conservative comedian Steven Crowder claims he was assaulted by pro-union protesters amid a protest in Lansing, Michigan. In an interview with radio show host Dana Loesch, Crowder said the protesters “literally would have killed me where I stood if I defended myself.” He claimed the protesters…

Watch: Michigan pro-union protests escalate as former congressmen gets pepper-sprayed

Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI) was pepper-sprayed by police at Michigan’s capitol building amid an escalating protest against so-called “right to work” bills passed by the legislature on Tuesday that critics say will strip public and private unions of their bargaining power. Schauer said he and other protesters gathered outside the Capitol’s…

Ikea monkey sent to live coatless in animal sanctuary

Darwin, the 5-month-old monkey who escaped from his crate and followed his owners into a Toronto Ikea store, is being sent to live at a private animal sanctuary. According to CBC News, Darwin was taken from his owners, who were fined for keeping a prohibited animal as a pet. The…

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