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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…

U.S. drug czar: It is a mistake to call drug policies a ‘war’

Gil Kerlikowske, head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Monday that it was a mistake to refer to anti-drug policies as a “war on drugs.” “I think what I’ve always mentioned is that it’s a mistake to call it a ‘war on drugs’ because it lends…

Watch live: Sanders warns Inhofe ‘dead wrong’ for denying climate change

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) on Monday is expected to give a speech on the Senate floor to warn that climate change deniers like Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are making it “impossible to get real work done in the Congress.” “The bottom line is that when Senator Inhofe says global…

Man who lost hand to alligator charged with ‘unlawful feeding’

A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by an alligator has been hit with a charge of “unlawful feeding,” according to the First Coast News. Sixty-three-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was booked into Collier County, Florida jail over the weekend and released on $1,000 bond. The Everglades guide is due…

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