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Parody video shows why GOP ‘gynaeticians’ shouldn’t dictate women’s health

Actress Amber Tamblyn and comedian David Cross released a video on Thursday that pointedly mocks the Republican assault on women’s reproductive rights. “Can you imagine if this actually happened to you? If you’re one of millions of American women, it has,” Tamblyn wrote on The Huffington Post. “It is happening…

Gohmert: NSA program is like busting pot smokers by tracking stolen potato chips

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday compared the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program of capturing metadata from telephone call to using a search warrant for stolen potato chips to bust marijuana smokers. During a nearly hour-long House floor speech to rail against the NSA program that collects bulk phone records,…

Glenn Beck: The $1 bill proves America was founded to help Israel exist

In an odd rant about the secret symbolism on the $1 bill, right-wing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck told an audience on Wednesday that America’s founders established the country so that conservative Christians could help the nation of Israel come into being nearly 200 years later. Speaking to an organization called…

DEA raids pot shops in state where marijuana is legal

The Drug Enforcement Administration swooped in on several medical marijuana storefronts in Washington on Wednesday, despite the state’s law allowing marijuana possession. Raids took place in Pierce, King and Thurston counties, a DEA spokesperson told The Associated Press. They were reportedly targeted by a two-year investigation into dispensaries thought to…

Employee: Paula Deen wanted black staffers to dress in ‘Aunt Jemima outfit’

Paula Deen ordered African-American workers to “dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit” and ring a dinner bell, according to a woman who is still employed at the disgraced cook’s Georgia restaurant. Following Deen’s dramatic fall from grace after her admission that she had used racial slurs, The New York…

David Simon urges public to block Koch brothers ‘ideological’ newspaper buyouts

In a video message on Thursday, award-winning TV producer, director and former journalist David Simon (“The Wire,” “Treme”) urged members of the public to fight the acquisition of the Baltimore Sun by billionaire corporatists Charles and David Koch. “When I heard that the Koch brothers, bless their hearts, were interested…

CIA displays Osama bin Laden’s personal AK-47 at ‘secret’ museum

An AK-47 assault rifle once owned by terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden is on display at a museum in Washington, D.C. Problem is, you’ll never get to see it up close. That’s because the weapon is stored inside a glass case at the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) “secret” museum, according…

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…

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