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Maher: They’re going to ‘poison’ Pope Francis for being too progressive

Friday night on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher said the he thinks newly-appointed Pope Francis and some other Catholic Church leaders may be secret atheists. Maher and a panel made up of Center for American Progress’ President Neera Tanden, actress Brit Marling, “HuffPost Live” producer James…

Watch: Storm chasers in Oklahoma navigate through tornado

Footage released on Friday captured one storm-chasing team’s attempts to drive near Union City, Oklahoma, in the midst of the “supercell”-driven tornadoes that tore through the state on Friday. “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness,” says Brandon Sullivan to his partner, Brett Wright, as the video begins. “Brett, turn the…

Maher slams George W. Bush for hypocrisy of ‘nauseating’ ride with disabled veterans

Hearing that former president George W. Bush went on a motorcycle ride with a group of disabled Iraq war veterans did not sit well with Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday. “I found this to be nauseating,” Maher said of Bush’s appearance at the Warrior 100K Ride in Texas.…

WATCH LIVE: Oklahoma City under tornado warning

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is currently bracing for a possible tornado impact, KFOR-TV reported on Friday. NBC News reported that a tornado was spotted in Canadian County early Friday evening. Weather forecasters predict several “supercell” thunderstorms will hit the state. Update, 8:17 p.m. EST: The Associated Press reported that the National…

Oprah backs gun safety and immigration reform in Harvard commencement speech

Television mogul Oprah Winfrey devoted part of her speech to the graduating class at Harvard University on Thursday to advocating expanded background checks for firearm owners and immigration reform. “We understand that the vast majority of people in this country believe in stronger background checks because they realize that we…

Megyn Kelly slams Erickson: ‘Just because people agree with you doesn’t mean it’s not offensive’

Fox News host Megyn Kelly challenged Red State blogger Erick Erickson on Friday over his recent remarks asserting that women needed to be subservient to men, saying she was “no liberal” and she found his remarks offensive. “I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science,” Erickson said in…

Invasive starfish species threatens Philippines coral reef considered center of biodiversity

A coral-killing starfish has begun infesting a channel of water in the Philippines famed for having some of the most diverse marine life in the world, the government said Friday. The appearance of the crown-of-thorns starfish in the Verde Island Passage could cause great damage to the area’s biodiversity, Jacob…

Florida man acquitted via ‘Stand Your Ground’ after shooting wife’s lover

On Thursday, a jury in Tampa, Florida acquitted 70-year-old retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Wald in the shooting death of his wife’s lover. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Wald’s attorney, Joe Episcopo, invoked Flordia’s “Stand Your Ground” law in defense of his client, arguing that when Wald shot…

Virginia school board votes to boot member who sent racist Michelle Obama emails

Members of a Virginia school board voted 4-1 on Thursday to demand the resignation of a fellow member who forwarded inappropriate and racist messages that compared First Lady Michelle Obama to members of an African tribe. WWBT reported that Isle of Wight school board member Herb DeGroft sent the following…

Indiana Rep. on doubling student loan rates: ‘Personal responsibility is pretty cool’

Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) told MSNBC’s Luke Russet that young people should support the Republicans’ plan to tie student loan interest rates to market rates because “I think personal responsibility is pretty cool.” Messer came on to discuss competing proposals from Democrats and Republicans, both of which seek to avert…

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