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Bill Maher: Why aren’t Tea Party ‘numbskulls’ complaining about militarized police forces?

Real Time host Bill Maher accused conservatives on Friday of ignoring the increase in reports of excessive force by local police departments — the kind of “jack-booted government thugs” Republicans used to criticize. “This is the massive expansion of government power that you numbskulls in the Tea Party should be…

George Takei to Maher: Shatner made me want to drive the Enterprise into the Death Star

Actor and activist George Takei burst Real Time host Bill Maher’s fandom bubble on Friday when he discussed his longtime rift with fellow Star Trek star William Shatner. “Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said of Shatner. “Well, he is a person…

‘I want to go home to my bed’: Protesters fight disabled Seattle veteran’s eviction

Demonstrators in Seattle tried on Friday to physically block the court-ordered eviction of a disabled Vietnam veteran he and local activists blame on predatory lenders, KIRO-TV reported on Friday. “I want to go home to my bed,” the homeowner, Byron Barton, said during the protest. Barton, who suffered a heart…

AZ GOP candidate denies asking armed militia group to join him for anti-immigrant protest

An Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate denied asking members of an armed militia group to act as his security detail during a protest against Central American immigrants, Talking Points Memo reported. “I neither requested them in any way, shape or form,” former state congressman Frank Riggs told TPM. “I didn’t arrange…

Planned Parenthood head: Supreme Court says it’s better to be a corporation than a woman

The following interview was aired on Friday on Moyers & Company BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In the 40-plus years since the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion with its Roe v. Wade decision, conservatives and the religious right have crusaded to overturn it, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not. NEWS…

Ohio LGBT advocates criticize ‘Straight White Guy festival’ flyers prank

Gay rights advocates in Columbus, Ohio, have criticized the appearance of flyers allegedly promoting a “straight white guy festival” at the same park that hosts the city’s LGBT pride event, WBNS-TV reported. “This kind of thing implies there’s some kind of struggle going on for being a straight white person…

Don’t let ‘affluenza’ allow wealthy to escape consequences, says former sufferer

“Affluenza” is a real thing, experts say, but it shouldn’t exempt the wealthy from accountability. Professional poker player Mark Herm told WTXF-TV that he can relate to Ethan Couch, a Texas teenager sentenced to 10 years on probation for causing a drunken driving crash that killed four people. Herm, who…

Cliven Bundy-style scofflaw jailed in Miami over threats to shoot county commissioners

A 54-year-old Florida man is in jail after he threatened to shoot the members of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday. According to the Miami Herald, Jose Antonio Fernandez attended the meeting to tell county officials that if they seized his property, he would have “the right to shoot every…

NY grandma jailed for violating protection order used to ‘quell dissent’ outside drone base

A New York grandmother was sentenced to a year in jail for violating a protection order filed by an Air National Guard commander against anti-war protesters. Mary Anne Grady-Flores violated the protection order filed by Col. Earl Evans, prosecutors said, when she stepped on the grounds of Hancock Air Base…

Stephen Colbert rips Fox News for pretending to care about border kids

On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert addressed the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border. “I come to you with a heavy heart and bloated liver,” he began, “because I’ve been drinking a lot thinking about this wave of unaccompanied minors flooding into America, fleeing Guatemala, Honduras,…

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