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Watch live: Wisconsin gubernatorial recall debate

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic recall challenger Tom Barrett will be debating live on Friday evening at 9:00 PM CDT.…

Sea lions stage hostile takeover of Ventura Harbor docks

A large gang of sea lions has taken over three docks at Ventura Harbor in California, and the National Park Service isn’t sure how to tell them delicately that their presence is unwanted. The animals have previously been a common sight on the large buoys that lead out of the…

Group pushes to lift ban on abortion care for women in the military

The Senate attached an amendment Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that seeks to lift the ban on abortion insurance coverage for women in the military who are victims of rape, according to RH Reality Check. Known as the Shaheen Amendment, named for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who…

Obama: Romney’s rhetoric is a ‘cowpie of distortion’

President Barack Obama on Thursday blasted GOP hopeful Mitt Romney for offering a “cowpie of distortion” with his claim that a “prairie fire of debt” was consuming the nation. “You know, he left out some facts,” Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 supporters in Iowa. “His speech was more…

Jay Smooth: ‘Anonymous comments are a harm-reduction program for trolls.’

While anonymous (or, really, pseudonymous) comments are on the outs everywhere from Politico to TPM because of bullying and straight-up trolling, Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth takes New York legislators to task for an effort to make them outright illegal. Though it is important to find ways to limit cyberbullying, in…

Missouri taxpayers fund 24-hour security camera for Limbaugh statue

At the request of Republican lawmakers, taxpayers are funding a 24-hour security camera to watch over a Rush Limbaugh bust in the Missouri Capitol building. State House Clerk Adam Crumbliss on Thursday told The Associated Press that he had authorized the $1,000 camera after Republican lawmakers expressed concerns about vandalism.…

Romney: Presidential ambition ‘like a sport for old guys’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he’s not very good at sports so he’s running to be commander-in-chief instead. “I like competition, and I think the game is like a sport for old guys,” the candidate told The Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan in an interview published Thursday. “I…

Tucker Carlson: Reporters have ‘slavish, dog-like loyalty’ to Obama

The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson on Thursday blasted “the average working journalist” for having a “slavish, dog-like loyalty” to President Barack Obama. Guest hosting on Fox News’ Hannity, Carlson told the conservative Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell that he was outraged because the media had not spent enough time…

Maddow: Union-busting about making Wisconsin permanently Republican

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night explained the importance of the upcoming recall election in Wisconsin on June 5. “Killing the unions is the strategy for turning Wisconsin red, not just for now, but for generations to come in an irreparable way,” she said. “This is about partisan politics.…

Economist worries ’20 or 30 billionaires control everything’ in the automated future

Paul Solman of PBS Newshour recently went to a conference run by a California think tank called Singularity University to learn the future of human workers. Solman noted that as far back as the Roman empire, people had worried about being displaced by machines. Emperor Vespasian, who built the Coliseum,…

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