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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…

Former Texas Board of Education chair argues for ‘final blow’ to evolution studies

The former chair of the Texas State Board of Education appeared at a board meeting this week to argue in favor of a new science textbooks he hoped would strike “the final blow” to studying evolution. “Even though these biology books are full of unsubstantiated, dogmatic statements supporting evolution, there’s…

Assad tells Fox News: U.S. threats didn’t make us give up chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted Wednesday that his decision to destroy his stockpiles of chemical weapons was not forced upon him by the threat of US strikes. “Yeah, there’s a misunderstanding that we agreed with this agreement because of the Americans,” he told US network Fox News. “Actually, if you…

‘Beanie Babies’ creator will pay $53.5 million penalty for tax evasion

The creator of the wildly popular Beanie Babies toy line agreed to plead guilty to felony tax evasion charges and will pay a $53.5 million penalty as part of a settlement agreement, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago told the Tribune that…

European ‘robot snake’ being prepared to assist Mars rover Curiosity

Robot snakes on Mars? Serpentine probe could explore Red Planet. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Scientists hope that the Mars “snake,” called Wheeko, will be able to do and see things that a six-wheeled rover cannot do or see.(SINTEF/YouTube) Last month, fans of the Curiosity rover’s images spotted something unusual…

Iran’s new president promises: We will never make nuclear weapons

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised that his country will never make nuclear weapons, as part of a larger move toward settling a long-standing rift with the United States over the country’s atomic program, NBC News reported on Wednesday. “Under questioning, he made a categorical statement: He said Iran will…

Pennsylvania lawmaker: Gay conversion therapy ‘about punishment,’ not treatment

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) announced on Wednesday that he had joined with state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D) to introduce a bill to ban LGBT “reparative therapy” because the practice was science fiction and was more “about punishment” than treatment. At a press conference at the Attic Youth Center…

Rep. McDermott informs Republicans: The ‘deficit boogey man’ isn’t real

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) lashed out at his Republican colleagues on Wednesday over a plan to cut America’s food stamp program. The GOP-backed proposal would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $39 billion over the next decade. The plan would drop 3.8 million low-income Americans from the program in…

Former Navy chaplain: Obamacare ‘killed this poor lady’ because it ’causes cancer’

A disgraced former Navy chaplain said on Wednesday that he opposed President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because it actually “causes cancer.” “Here’s my thesis: Obamacare causes cancer,” Chaplain Gordon James “Chaps” Klingenschmitt told the viewers of his Pray in Jesus Name Internet show. “Whenever you remove Obamacare and…

Texas parents want history book banned over Second Amendment ‘militia’ definition

Parents in one Texas school district are demanding that one commonly-used history book be banned because they say that the mention of the word “militia” in a sentence about the “Second Amendment” is indoctrinating children to believe they don’t have a right to own firearms. Guyer High School junior Brie…

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