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Romney refuses questions about eliminating FEMA during his ‘storm relief event’

At a so-called “storm relief event” on Tuesday, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney repeatedly refused to answer questions about his promise to eliminate the federal agency responsible for responding to disasters like Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of the east coast this week. “TV pool asked Romney at least five times…

Henri the existentialist cat returns with Halloween video

Henri, the angst-ridden feline star of an award-winning short film, appeared in a video posted Tuesday, this time sharing his musings on Halloween’s own particular horrors. “This is not a happy time of year for a black cat who does not suffer fools,” he said at the start of “Henri…

Glenn Beck: ‘When Navy SEALs called the president, he let them die’

It has been a while since we’ve heard from Glenn Beck, but far be it from him to sit out a major media event like Hurricane Sandy without venturing some form of comment. While the former Fox News and CNN Headline News personality did not find a way to blame…

Texas pastor beaten to death with electric guitar

Authorities in Texas are investigating why a suspect in Forest Hill allegedly crashed his car into a church, chased down the pastor and then beat him to death with an electric guitar. Members of the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church identified Derrick Birdow as the man who is accused of…

Rapid flooding forced overnight evacuation of NYU Med Center

The rapid rise of flood waters that overwhelmed emergency generators forced New York University (NYU)’s Langone Medical Center to evacuate some 260 patients overnight as New York City was being pounded by Hurricane Sandy. According to CNN, water began to pour into the basement, lower floors and elevator shafts of…

Officer shot by fake cop in San Diego crime spree

Authorities in San Diego are investigating whether the man who shot an off-duty police officer is connected to two other robberies that happened hours apart Monday. Police say the officer was shot outside a bank in the suburb of Escondido by a man wearing a baseball cap that said, “POLICE”…

Maddow: Events like Sandy are when ‘government really matters’

Monday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy are the times when “government really matters.” In major emergencies, rescue and relief must be coordinated on a massive scale, she said, and it’s necessary to have infrastructure in place and smart…

Letterman and Jimmy Fallon do their shows without an audience

Despite the approach of then-Hurricane Sandy, talk show hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon still taped their respective shows Monday afternoon, working without an audience — and in Letterman’s case, without some technical assistance. On The Late Show, Letterman stuck to his usual routine, including the nightly “Top Ten” list,…

Trashed 168-foot tanker ship washes up on Staten Island

A 168-foot tanker ship washed up on Staten Island Monday night as high winds and floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy devastated most of the nation’s eastern seaboard. The John B. Caddell, built in 1941, was moored about a mile out to sea to protect it from being damaged near land, but…

MTA spokesperson: New York City subway flooding ‘affects every borough’

The New York City subway system sustained serious damage due to floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy, and a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spokesperson said Tuesday morning that seven vital subway tunnels under the East River are flooded, in a historic disaster that “affects every borough” in the city. “We’re in the…

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