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Students’ duct-tape joke could get OH teacher fired

A middle school teacher in Ohio could be fired for posting a picture of what she calls a shared joke with her students online. WEWS-TV reported on Tuesday that Melissa Cairns has been placed on leave without pay for posting a picture last October of her students with duct tape…

86-car pileup in Ohio kills 12-year-old girl and leaves at least 20 injured

Blowing snow and slick, icy roads led to several multiple-car highway accidents in Ohio on Monday, including an 86-car pileup in Cincinnati, Ohio that killed a 12-year-old girl and left more than 20 injured. According to the New York Daily News, the huge crash took place on Interstate 275, close…

Watch live: Obamas and Bidens attend post-inauguration prayer service

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their spouses attend a prayer service at the Nation Cathedral, in Washington D.C., with readings, blessings and hymns delivered by religious leaders from across the country. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Jan. 22. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news,…

Virginia GOP sneaks gerrymandering bill in during inauguration

The GOP-controlled Virginia state Senate provoked anger from both state Democrats and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday after pushing through a redistricting measure in the absence of a key Democratic vote. Blue Virginia reported that the 20-19 vote, which broke down among party lines, upset McDonnell because he was…

Family Research Council slams Obama speech: LGBT people already have enough rights

A spokesperson for the Family Research Council says that President Barack Obama was wrong to link LGBT rights to the civil rights movement because “homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else.” CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Tuesday asked Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Sprigg if…

Las Vegas cop allegedly kills wife and 5-year-old son, then himself

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer allegedly killed his 46-year-old wife and 5-year-old son on Monday before phoning emergency personnel and warning he was burning down his home and would kill anyone who tries to stop him. When police arrived on the scene, officer Hans P. Walters, a 20-year…

Colbert calls ‘Hollywood Hussein’ Obama out on second inauguration

Stephen Colbert didn’t waste any time in saying that Monday didn’t really mark President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, given that Obama had already been sworn in at the White House on Sunday. By taking his oath of office again in Monday’s public ceremony, Colbert said, “Obama has made himself a…

Bangs craze ignited by Michelle Obama thwarts Jon Stewart’s inauguration coverage

On his show Monday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at America’s apparent obsession with First Lady Michelle Obama’s fashionable new hairdo. On inauguration day, Stewart noted that “just as feared, Obama came out as a liberal.” The President called for action on climate change, acceptance of…

David Brooks: Obama made the case for a more progressive America

New York Times columnist David Brooks said Monday night that President Barack Obama boldly stated the case for progressivism in his inaugural speech, unlike his previous inaugural speech. “Four years ago, it was about being trans-partisan, about healing divides,” Brooks said on PBS’ Newshour. “He was sort of above the…

Missouri Republican: No such thing as a hate crime

Missouri State Rep. Paul Curtman (R) on Saturday denied that crimes based on an the victim’s race, religion, national origin, ethnic identification, gender, or sexual orientation were any different than other crimes. Curtman’s remarks were recorded by the group Progress Missouri at the Forum on Missouri Economic Prosperity. During his…

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