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Maddow: Republican voter suppression efforts are deadly serious

Early voting is being stabbed to death in Ohio, and Republicans are holding the knives. On Friday night’s episode of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the MSNBC host explained that the state’s last three days of early voting, traditionally a time when churches and other urban community groups mobilize voters, have…

WATCH LIVE: Romney introduces his VP pick, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan

Former governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R-MA) confirmed this morning that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was his pick for the vice presidential nomination. Watch below as the two men make the official announcement, courtesy of MSNBC. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the…

Scientists create most disgusting robot yet

Scientists create most disgusting robot yet (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) An international team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Seoul National University have succeeded in creating the world’s most disgusting robot. Known as Meshworm, the soft, repugnant automaton moves via peristalsis, a method…

U.S. Army tests football field-sized super spy blimp over New Jersey

The U.S. Army’s Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) — a high-tech robotic spy blimp — was launched for its 90-minute maiden voyage on Tuesday from a military base in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Lakehurst Naval Air Station is notorious as the location of the Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937. However,…

Watch: NASA’s prototype Moon lander crashes and burns

Video is now available of the speculacular crash of NASA’s low-cast experimental Moon lander, Project Morpheus. A test-firing of the engines last winter went smoothly, but the first test of autonomous free flight failed within seconds. The space agency is taking the failure in stride as part of the normal…

Conservative host Ingraham: Romney brought ‘a down pillow to a gun fight’

Conservative radio talker and occasional Fox News guest host Laura Ingraham has a dour message for her fellow Republicans: “Romney is losing,” she said on her show Friday. “I might be the skunk at the picnic, but I’m going to say it and I’m going to say it clearly,” Ingraham…

41 people dead in new wave of Mexican drug violence

An especially bloody week in the Mexican war on drugs left 41 people dead in five states, including the country’s relatively-safe capital city, the Los Angeles Times reports. The most recent discovery was in San Luis Potosí, another area traditionally spared drug-related violence, where 14 men were found dead inside…

Pat Robertson to LGBT students: ‘Bring forth a baby’ or ‘shut your mouth’

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that LGBT students protesting Christian fast food chain Chick-fil-A at about 30 colleges and universities across the U.S. should “shut their mouth” until they can “bring forth a baby from that part of the anatomy which they concentrate on.” During his Friday 700 Club broadcast, Robertson…

Scott Brown: Push to register welfare recipients to vote is ‘disturbing’

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Friday accused the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of favoring his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, because they complied with a 1993 bipartisan federal law that requires states to provide voter registrations to people seeking public assistance like welfare. New York-based think tank Demos in May sued Massachusetts…

RNC chairman: People asking for Romney’s tax returns are as bad as birthers

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday refused to explain why presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would not release his tax returns, calling the request a “distraction” that was bad as so-called “birthers” who believe that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. During an interview on…

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