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‘ALEC Rock’ cartoon explains corporate political influence

A new video updates a classic Schoolhouse Rock concept to explain the basics behind the American Legislative Exchange Council controversy. “ALEC Rock,” produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore and a number of advocacy groups including the Center for Media and Democracy, introduces us to “ALEC,” a malevolent replacement…

Idaho billboard compares Pres. Obama to Aurora shooter James Holmes

A billboard in Caldwell, Idaho that compares President Barack Obama to alleged mass murderer James Holmes has drawn complaints and allegations that the foundation responsible for the billboard has gone too far. Over a photograph of Holmes, blocky text reads, “Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle. Everyone freaks…

Harris-Perry: Romney would be Bush-but-worse on foreign policy

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” guest host Melissa Harris-Perry attempted to glean a greater truth from all of the hullaballoo over Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s disastrous trip to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She compared and contrasted Romney’s trip abroad with then-Senator Barack Obama’s trip…

Jay Smooth figures out how Mitt Romney’s mind works

Hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth thinks he finally understands what makes Mitt Romney tick. “Diplomacy usually requires having conversations with human beings, which is not Mitt Romney’s strong suit,” Smooth explains. “Up until now, the campaign has been trying to help Romney avoid human contact … but since human interaction is…

Engineers design ‘Mantabot’ to swim like a ray

Engineers at the University of Virginia and three other universities are designing an “autonomous underwater vehicle” that will swim with the effortless grace of a ray. According to Science Daily, “Batoid rays, such as stingrays and manta rays, are among nature’s most elegant swimmers. They are fast, highly maneuverable, graceful,…

Former FL GOP chair says ‘right-wing crazies’ want to suppress black vote

Former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer testified in a lawsuit filed against his former party that “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” wanted to suppress the black vote through Voter ID and tactics like current state Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to purge voter rolls, according to reporting in the the Tampa Bay…

Kilmeade warns Brits: You ‘better back off’ because Romney ‘could be president’

Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade is telling the British people to “back off” GOP hopeful Mitt Romney after a series of gaffes by the candidate outraged the country. Kilmeade told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Romney had simply made a “candid response” when he suggested that London might not…

White Baptist church in Mississippi bans black wedding

A black couple in Crystal Springs, Mississippi says that a predominantly white Baptist church refused to let them get married because of their race. Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson told WLBT that the day before they were to be married, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs informed them…

Michelle Obama to Olympians: ‘I’m still so inspired by you’

First Lady Michelle Obama said Friday she is fulfilling a childhood dream by leading the US delegation to the London Olympics. “These Games especially affected our little house on the south side of Chicago,” she told US athletes at their training base in east London ahead of Friday evening’s much…

Ann Romney: Mitt and I love class-system drama ‘Downton Abby’

Following a bad few days in the United Kingdom for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his wife, Ann, did a little bit of pandering by volunteering that she and her husband adored Downton Abbey, a British television drama that glorifies the class system. During an interview that aired on…

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