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Jay Smooth: Rappers should be free to collaborate

Hip-hop DJ and activist Jay Smooth called for rappers to be allowed the same freedom to work together that lyricists in other genres enjoy, as he weighed in on the debate over whether Nas, one of rap’s preeminent MCs used ghostwriters years ago. “For the hip-hop world, this is a…

Obama admonishes Akin: ‘Rape is rape’

Update (below): House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemns Republicans for partnering with Akin Speaking to reporters during Monday’s daily press briefing, President Barack Obama admonished Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for suggesting that women do not get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape,” seizing on the comments as a chance to…

Bill Kristol: ‘Kinda weird’ Romney pays lower tax rate than middle-class people

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Monday admitted that it was “kinda weird” that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax rate was only around 13 percent when most middle-class people paid significantly more. “The custom over the last 20-30 years, I suppose, has been to release at least a…

Rape victims speak up against Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comment

As Missouri Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin scrambles to salvage himself from becoming a political football, the outrage over his stupefying comments regarding “legitimate rape” continues to grow. “It was like I had been slapped,” a St. Louis-area rape victim told KTVI-TV. “I heard that comment and I just began…

Report: FBI informant armed and trained Black Panthers

A video published Monday by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the man responsible for arming and training members of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s did so while acting as a federal informant. According to reporter Seth Rosenfeld, Richard Aoki was approached by FBI agent Burney Threadgill…

LISTEN LIVE: Akin speaks to Huckabee following rape remarks

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin (MO) is expected to speak to conservative radio host Mike Huckabee following remarks where he claimed that women could not get pregnant through “legitimate” rape. Listen to this live audio from KVOI, broadcast Aug. 20, 2012.…

Storm chaser films giant waterspouts over Lake Michigan

A storm chaser on Lake Michigan filmed several spectacularly huge waterspouts on Saturday, finding himself near one of the most unusually active patches of the weather phenomenon in years. The National Weather Service said it tracked a total of nine waterspouts over Lake Michigan on Saturday, but storm chaser Eric…

Suspects in Louisiana deputy shootings tied to ‘sovereign citizen’ movement

Police say at least two of the seven suspects arrested for the fatal shooting of two Louisiana sheriffs deputies last Thursday are connected to the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement. According to WBRZ-TV, 28-year-old Kyle Joekel and 44-year-old Terry Smith had identified themselves as part of the movement, which was classified…

Soledad O’Brien tries to get Christine O’Donnell to define the word ‘Marxist’

CNN host Soledad O’Brien finally had an Inigo Montoya moment on Monday, and all it took was former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell misusing the word “Marxist.” Granted, it’s not the first time O’Donnell, a longtime anti-abortion activist, has called the president or Democrats “Marxist.” She even used the term…

Scarborough on Akin: ‘This Republican party does not want to win’

Conservative MSNBC host Scarborough on Monday lamented that a recent assertion by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin about “legitimate” rape showed that the Republican Party was continually “shooting themselves in the foot” by nominating the most extreme candidates. During an interview with a local TV station over the weekend, Akin…

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