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Former Weiner chief of staff’s husband embroiled in his own sexting scandal

Anthony Weiner isn’t the only politician in New York who is facing a scandal for sending inappropriate text messages. Democratic state Assembly member Micah Kellner, who is married to Weiner’s former chief of staff, admitted this week that he sent “flirtatious messages” to a staffer in 2009. According to The…

Right-wing attorney says St. Louis Cardinals ban on crosses puts us ‘in grave danger’

The Major League Baseball team in St. Louis, Missouri put every American “in grave danger” of God’s wrath when the team’s manager asked park custodians to stop leaving religious symbols on the pitcher’s mound, according to an attorney for a religious fundamentalist group. The Cardinals’ general manager asked stadium workers…

Watch: Shocking train derailment that killed 80 passengers in Spain

Update: Later reports indicate 80 passengers had been killed. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — A train hurtled off the tracks in northwestern Spain killing 69 passengers and injuring 143 as carriages crumpled into each other in a smoking wreckage of tangled steel. Four carriages overturned in the smash, smoke billowing…

Sheriff quashes conservative squeal at gun buyback delay: Background checks are ‘greater good’

A Colorado sheriff says that gun rights activists who mocked background check laws that forced a gun buyback program to be canceled are missing the “bigger good” that the law is doing. The Boulder Daily Camera reported on Tuesday that a buyback event put on by the community organizing group…

Los Angeles sheriff awards comedian for racially-motivated routine

The sheriff for Los Angeles County is facing criticism for presenting an award to a comedian who told a series of racially-motivated jokes at a luncheon held Wednesday, leaving some in the crowd feeling very uncomfortable. About 600-700 people were present for Wednesday’s lunch, put on by the Peace Officers…

Conan’s Andy Richter asks Aubrey Plaza if she worked with ‘elite corps of masturbators’ for new movie

“Community” actress and comic Aubrey Plaza appeared on TBS’s “Conan” Wednesday night and discussed the awkwardness of filming a scene where she masturbates while an entire film crew looks on. Plaza, who is known for her deadpan, extra dry comic style, stars in “The To Do List,” a sex comedy…

Pastor: ‘In God We Trust’ signs on Tennessee courthouse are part of ‘majority rule’

A Tennessee courthouse this week unveiled the first of four “In God We Trust” signs, and one local pastor isn’t worried about what atheists think because Christians “have a right to the democratic process and majority rule.” Earlier this year, the Anderson County Commission voted to put the county’s motto,…

Skydiver ends season of shortstop he landed on during a baseball game

A skydiver parachuting into a baseball stadium in Missouri this weekend accidentally kicked a baseball player in the face as he was landing, causing a concussion that ended the player’s season. “Obviously I was a little upset and kind of frustrated about how the whole situation developed,” shortstop Mattingly Romanin…

Maddow: Sleazy politicians like Weiner, Filner and McDonnell are ruining U.S. public service

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the wave of scandals currently engulfing the careers of former congressman and New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner (D), San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). All three men, she said,…

Gohmert likens minorities to prairie chickens and ‘various lizards’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday mocked an effort by Democrats to protect the rights of African-Americans by saying their amendment was actually meant for “the snail darter, various lizards, the lesser prairie chicken, the greater sage grouse and so many other insects.” During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on…

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