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Crowds flock to see rare, pungent ‘corpse flower’ bloom

The Sumatran “corpse flower” (Amorphophallus titanum) is famous for smelling like its name, described variously as “rotten,” “musty” and “earthy.” At the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, a corpse flower named Morticia bloomed for the first time this week, reaching its fullest open span on Tuesday night, an event that…

Supreme Court overrules FCC on TV swearing ban

So it turns out you can curse on television – sort of. According to MSNBC, a ruling by the Supreme Court Thursday waived fines and sanctions against ABC and Fox, saying the Federal Communications Commission did not give them fair notice before punishing them over brief instances of curse words…

Defense releases Zimmerman police interview and statement

“Ever hear of Murphys’ Law?,” a police investigator asked George Zimmerman, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman’s defense team released his written and video statements to police following his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, as well as Zimmerman’s interview with Sanford Police lead investigator Chris Serino, who was skeptical…

Son reveals Romney was obsessed with Will Ferrell poop joke

Appearing on TBS’s Conan on Wednesday night, all five of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s sons attempted to humanize their father by relaying family anecdotes and personal traits most people wouldn’t realize about the former Massachusetts governor. For instance: Craig Romney revealed that his dad became so obsessed with a…

Biden: This election is ‘about who the hell we are’

Vice President Joe Biden painted a bleak picture of a Mitt Romney presidency Wednesday at a gathering of black media professionals, the Huffington Post reports. “Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after three years of a Romney presidency,” Biden said in a speech at the National Association of…

Colbert: ‘Fast and Furious’ is biggest scandal ‘I forgot to ever talk about’

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert took on the burgeoning “Fast and Furious” scandal, in which Republicans have charged Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. with contempt of Congress. Republican lawmakers, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) are accusing the Attorney General of blocking their investigation into the…

Stewart: Fox gives old people ‘giant Reagan-boners’

Wednesday night on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart eviscerated one of the day’s non-stories, the supposed chilly body language between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Mexico. “Really?” Stewart asked, “Body language? Are we really going to try and divine…

Grayson: Fast and Furious ‘circus’ will backfire on Republicans

Former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D) on Wednesday blasted Republicans in Congress for continuing to grill U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over the “fast and furious” gun-running scandal. “Why won’t they launch an investigation of why 50 million Americans don’t have health care?” he asked on Current TV. “When are…

Raw Story’s Megan Carpentier: Dems split on Obama’s success

Many Democrats are disappointed that President Barack Obama did not accomplish more when both chambers of Congress were in Democrats’ control, according to Raw Story executive editor Megan Carpentier. “I believe there are number of Democrats who believe that Obama’s presidency has been very good, but I think there are…

ACLU tells U.N.: Targeted drone strikes ‘setting very dangerous precedent’

A representative from the American Civil Liberties Union told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday that the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists set a “very dangerous precedent.” Drones operated by the U.S. have been used to kill suspected terrorists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. While…

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