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Judge sends honor student to jail for missing school

A Houston-area teenager has been jailed and fined for missing school by a judge who hopes to make an example of her. 17-year-old Diane Tran is working two jobs while taking advanced placement and dual credit courses at Willis High School in Willis, Texas. Some mornings, she is simply too…

Maddow: Republicans practicing ‘reverse Robin Hood’ economics

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the fact that presumed Republican nominee former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s wealth is greater than that of the last eight presidents combined, and questioned how that might impact his world view and his policies. “This man who…

Bill Maher: Obama ‘is a lousy socialist’

Despite conservatives’ best efforts to paint Barack Obama as a “radical socialist,” Real Time host Bill Maher isn’t buying it. Maher ended Friday night’s “New Rules” segment by calling out the Right’s ridiculous mischaracterization of the President. “…Newt Gingrich called Obama the most radical Leftist President in history. Senator Marco…

Observers of ‘millennial generation’ expect them to come out for Obama

There are 95 million members of the “millennial generation” in the United States, making them the largest generational cohort in the United States, and those who are eligible to vote next fall can be expected to support President Obama by a margin of two-to-one as they did in 2008. That…

Documentary on U.S. torture seeks to begin process of truth-telling

Since the close of the Bush administration, there has been little official attention paid to the policy during those years of using torture on accused terrorists in order to extract administration. As a result, the American Civil Liberties Union and the writers’ and human rights group PEN have conducted their…

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…

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