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Former ITT Tech recruiter: ‘Predatory’ tactics pushed parolees into criminal justice programs

A former recruiter for ITT Technical institute told reporters in a press conference hosted by committee Chair Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Monday that the company used a variety of high-pressure “unconscionable” and “predatory” techniques to pressure students into enrolling with the for-profit college, including misleading parolees into believing that…

Pat Robertson: Democrats have ‘death wish’ for backing marriage equality

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday warned that same sex marriage would eventually destroy the Democratic Party. On Monday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) confirmed that a fifteen-member panel had unanimously voted to add marriage equality to the Democratic Party platform ahead of the Democratic National Convention in September. “About 2 percent…

Florida man charged with hate crime says he ‘only shot a n*gger’

Authorities in Port St. Joe, Florida say a man charged with a hate crime felt inconvenienced by his arrest because he had “only shot a n*gger.” Walton Henry Butler, 59, was arrested by Gulf County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday night for shooting 32-year-old Everett Gant, who is black, in the…

British Olympic health salute rankles Colbert

Stephen Colbert dipped into the sports world on The Colbert Report Monday to review the London Olympics opening ceremony, even though he admits he doesn’t understand them. “For some reason, they open the Games with a halftime show,” he said. “I think it’s metric, I don’t know.” While he was…

New York baby snatcher gets 12 years in prison

A woman who snatched a 19-day-old baby from a New York hospital ward and brought her up as her own under a different name 24 years ago has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ann Pettway, who pleaded guilty, said she was deeply sorry for what she had done,…

Romney aide to reporters: ‘Kiss my *ss; this is a holy site’

A Romney aide frustrated by questions about a series of gaffes the former Massachusetts governor made while Britain, Israel and Poland exploded on Monday and told reporters to “shove it.” During a visit to a memorial to Pope John Paul II in Poland, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ignored…

Jon Stewart picks apart Romney’s Olympic gaffe

Dubbing it “London Galling,” Jon Stewart reviewed Mitt Romney’s awkward weekend in London on The Daily Show Monday, starting with Romney’s infamous interview with NBC’s Brian Williams where he said some things were “disconcerting” about the city’s preparations for the Olympic Games. “This is no time to display your sophisticated…

Richard Muller: Get rid of coal power to halt global warming

Richard Muller, a physics professor at University of California-Berkeley, said Monday that the only way to prevent global warming was to stop using coal for power. “I think there are two key things that we can do,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “One of them is a global effort…

Environmental activist: ‘Up to the people’ to stop fracking

Josh Fox, an environmental activist and director of Gasland, on Monday said that public pressure could prevent the controversial mining practice known as fracking. “I have to believe that this is up to the people,” he said on Current TV’s Viewpoint. “When these great environmental laws were passed in the…

Eric Boehlert: Obama ‘a monster’ in the ‘right wing bubble’

Echoing comments previously made by comedian Bill Maher, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters said Monday that Republicans had created a false image of President Barack Obama as a radical. “They are so far out on the ledge,” he said on Talking Liberally. “It’s not that ‘Obama has disappointed, I don’t…

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