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Colbert dryly tackles Iowa drought

After bemoaning the effect of the current drought on his eating habits Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert turned to an Iowa State professor to explain the increasingly hot weather’s impact on local crops. “I’ve just been riding my bike through a bunch of cornfields,” said agricultural economics professor Bruce Babcock. “The…

WATCH LIVE: Geithner testifies on Libor reform

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testified before the House Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday about potential Wall Street and Libor reforms. Libor, an interest rate calculated by various banks in London, has been found to be rigged. An employee at Barclays bank in London admitted that they knew they…

Anaheim police fire on media as unrest continues

Anaheim Police officers reportedly fired pepper balls and bean bags at demonstrators and journalists Tuesday night during the latest round of protests against last weekend’s police shootings. Freelance journalist Tim Pool posted a video of himself and another journalist, Amber Lyon, being fired upon, an incident he first mentioned while…

Jon Stewart lampoons London’s Olympic woes

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at London, which has been plagued by numerous security and transportation problems in the run up to the Olympic games. The hotel the where Olympics officials are staying was supposed to be guarded by 80 security officers,…

Rep. Poe proposes new privacy bill: ‘The drones are coming’

Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas warned on the House floor Tuesday that “the drones are coming,” urging legislators to establish guidelines for their operation. “Who will operate these drones, and what will be their mission?” he wondered. “Could it be a suspicious government agent who thinks someone looks kind…

Rep. Johnson: You don’t need an AK-47 to go deer hunting

On the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) called for reasonable gun control legislation in the wake of the Colorado theater massacre. “While we are healing, we have work to do in this Congress,” he said. “You see, the assault weapons ban in place for a number of years…

Gov. Haslam: Internet sales tax ‘an issue of fairness’

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Tuesday urged Congress to pass an Internet sales tax, which he said would allow states to level the playing field for local businesses. “Let me be clear – I am a Republican governor that does not believe in increasing taxes,” he said at a…

Concealed gun owner shoots own buttocks and wounds children at Dallas Walmart

A licensed concealed handgun owner from Waco, Texas hurt more than his pride on Monday when his weapon accidentally discharged while he was reaching for his wallet at a Dallas Walmart store. Police said that Todd Canady, 23, was in the checkout line when he fired the pistol he was…

iPhone case turns into a 650,000-volt stun gun

Video camera. Still camera. Video editor. Handheld games console, music player, satellite navigation device, internet browser, radio, ebook reader. (Also, telephone.) But a 650,000-volt stun gun? The iPhone is often said to have revolutionised the mobile phone market. Now, it’s about to take on a somewhat more alarming guise. The…

Romney: Obama’s philosophy ‘foreign to the American experience’

Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of having a philosophy that is “in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy” during an appearance on The Kudlow Report on Monday. According to The Daily Kos, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate went on the show Monday to discuss Obama’s…

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