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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…

House Republican leadership aide: ‘Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz’

An aide to a House Republican leaders on Wednesday said that Democratic Texas state Sen. “Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz” (R-TX) because the Republican senator refused to filibuster a bill to defund President Barack Obama’s health care reform law after he spent all summer insisting he would…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how gravity affects the flow of time

On Wednesday’s edition of his popular “Star Talk” radio show, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how gravity affects the flow of time and how time passes on different planets with different gravitational fields. A listener wrote in to “Star Talk” to ask if it’s the same time everywhere in the…

Female anchor confronts Ron Paul over plan for women to quit work en masse and home school

BBC anchor Katty Kay on Thursday asked former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) if his libertarian plan to have 20 percent of children home schooled made sense because so many women would have to drop out of the work force, but the former congressman insisted that even a woman living at…

Colbert: Fox’s Cavuto and ‘expert’ say Syria marks the start of the end times

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert sent up the dire, apocalyptic warnings about the invasion of Syria promulgated by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and a guest, Armageddon “expert” Joel Rosenberg. Colbert began by noting that just about everyone has weighed in on the question of whether to…

Jon Stewart hammers Republicans for their double standard on guns and NSA spying

While Republicans are all too willing to give themselves up to government surveillance, Jon Stewart argued on The Daily Show on Wednesday, they’re still hell-bent on keeping their guns, even in the wake of yet another mass shooting. “With guns, the Constitution is ironclad,” Stewart observed. “But with terrorism, it’s…

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