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Honesty pays off for homeless man who turned in $42,000

Honesty has — quite literally — paid off for a US homeless man who turned in a $42,000 find: a bid to raise money for him passed the $100,000 mark on Thursday. Glen James came across a backpack containing $2,400 in cash and some $40,000 in traveler’s checks, along with…

Putin: Former Italian PM only convicted for sex with a minor ‘because he lives with women’

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a swipe at critics of his country’s widely-criticized law against LGBT “propaganda” while defending friend and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday, saying Berlusconi was only convicted of sex with a minor because he is heterosexual. “Berlusconi is on trial now because he…

Fox News analyst: Income disparity exists ‘because poor people are gonna eat a bunch of turkey’

Fox News business analyst Charles Payne had even his own colleagues recoiling on Thursday when he blamed financial inequality in the U.S. on poor people celebrating Thanksgiving. “This Thanksgiving, when you get a chance, after you eat your turkey, go to the mall,” Payne told host Alisyn Camerota, as his…

Rep. Speier holds up vodka and steak on House floor to shame food stamp opponents

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday held up steak, vodka and caviar during her House floor speech in an effort to shame Republicans who want to slash $40 billion from the food stamp budget, while they continue to go on “lavish” trips financed by taxpayers and other groups. Earlier this…

Top economist: U.S. economy can’t digest force-fed austerity

The U.S. economy cannot digest the austerity measures forced upon it by Congress, warned a top economist at Moody’s Analytics. Chief Economist Mark Zandi told the House Joint Economic Committee on Thursday that he believed the spending cuts and tax increases under discussion in the near term were overdone. “If…

GOP rep.: Slashing food stamps by $40 billion means ‘more money’ for the hungry

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MA) on Thursday asserted that cutting $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years would actually provide “more money” to hungry Americans. A bill introduced by House Republicans this month almost doubled the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed earlier…

Watch the anti-Obamacare videos that have the Internet creeped out

Creepy Uncle Sam wants you … to opt out of Obamacare. In a pair of new ads funded by Generation Opportunity, a person in a maniacally grinning Uncle Sam mask readies patients for gynecological or prostate exams as the on-screen text warns viewers not to “let government play doctor.” Congressional…

Maddow mocks GOP’s rightward drift and wonders what year they think it is

Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took a hard look at Republicans who are being driven further and further to the right as they alienate moderate conservatives and dip in the polls. State politicians like Virginia’s Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former…

Anti-gay activists accuse Dan Savage of promoting apostasy with gay equality project

A pair of conservative activists denounced an effort by advice columnist Dan Savage to show some Christians support homosexual equality as “apostasy.” Attorney Matt Barber, president of Liberty Counsel Action, hosted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera on his “Faith and Freedom” webcast to talk about Savage’s NALT Christians Project. The grassroots…

Son of Navy shooting victim frets ‘aching emptiness’ of next seemingly inevitable mass shooting

Chris Gaarde, son of Navy Yard shooting victim Kathy Gaarde, told Cenk Uygur on Wednesday he hoped the tragic incident would prompt action. But he also worried that nothing would change, and the nation would again be faced with yet another mass shooting. “As I try to come to terms…

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