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Elizabeth Warren presses financial regulators: Why no trials for Wall Street?

At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked the nation’s top financial regulators why Wall Street firms who broke the law were not taken to trial. “We face some very special issues with big financial institutions,” she said. “If they can break the law and…

California lawmaker: Require all porn actors to wear condoms

California State Assemblymember Isadore Hall, a Democrat, introduced legislation on Thursday that would require porn actors to wear condoms in every movie produced in the state. “Let’s face it, it is completely reasonable for adult film actors to give their co-workers some love without giving them something else,” Hall said…

Professor: Libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek would support the individual mandate

Erik Angner, a philosophy professor at George Mason University, told Reason TV on Thursday that libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek would have supported the so-called individual mandate. The controversial provision of Obama’s health care reform law requires uninsured Americans to purchase insurance or pay a penalty. Though Hayek famously condemned top-down…

NC lawmaker: Women should ‘duct tape’ nipples to stay out of jail

North Carolina Republican state Rep. Tim Moore says that women can protect themselves from a new law that makes baring female breasts illegal by simply applying duct tape to their nipples. On Wednesday, the state House Judiciary Committee C approved House Bill 34, which makes it a Class H felony…

Canadian lawmaker gives Parliament rousing speech about the ‘zombie apocalypse’

A Canadian member of Parliament on Wednesday gave a animated speech to Parliament about the dangers of a zombie invasion from the United States turning into a “zombie apocalypse.” “I rise today to salute the Center for Disease Control and the Providence of Quebec for putting in place emergency measures…

Beck: It’s ‘plausible’ that John Brennan is a secret Muslim

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck says that it’s “reasonable” to investigate whether President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA director converted to Islam because the theory is “plausible.” Last week, former FBI agent John Guandolo, who resigned after engaging in a sexual relationship with a witness, told radio host Tom Trento…

Maddow: Rubio’s SOTU rebuttal was written for the wrong Obama speech

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow gleefully took apart Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R)’s purported rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. She noted that Rubio’s speech must have been written ahead of time because Rubio was rebutting a number of…

Scarborough: Paul Krugman ‘is as extreme’ as NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took the “both sides do it” argument to the limit on Thursday when he declared that Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman was “as extreme” as National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre. During his Morning Joe broadcast, Scarborough blasted LaPierre’s recent “Stand and Fight” op-ed responding…

MSNBC host: Ted Nuget ‘appears to have some kind of obsession with fecal matter’

In a rather blunt analysis of rocker Ted Nugent’s reaction to the State of the Union address, MSNBC host Martin Bashir said Wednesday that the well known gun enthusiast “appears to have some kind of obsession with fecal matter.” The characterization was in part a reaction to Nugent’s assertion that…

Colorado Senate president reacts to marijuana smell in Capitol: ‘Please douse all the doobies’

The strong odor of marijuana wafted through the Colorado capitol building on Wednesday morning, and was apparently so pungent that the state senate’s president asked members over the intercom to “please douse all the doobies in the area.” Video of state Sen. John Morse’s (D) comment was lifted from the…

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