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Jim DeMint: Women want to be forced to have ultrasounds

Some women like being forced to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion, according to former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). Republicans in state legislatures across the country have pushed legislation that requires women to undergo an ultrasound procedure 24 hours before terminating their pregnancy. The so-called “informed consent” laws usually…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: NSA leaker is a hero

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke Sunday on ABC’s This Week, describing NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a “hero” for his actions. “He is a hero,” Assange told George Stephanopoulos. “He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications.”…

David Gregory shuts down anti-gay Republican: Kids need loving parents

NBC host David Gregory on Sunday challenged Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) to explain why it was so important for children to have opposite-sex parents. Huelskamp plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. During an appearance on Meet the Press,…

Andrew Sullivan to Christians: If you can live with divorce, you can live with gay marriage

Gay commentator Andrew Sullivan on Sunday explained why same-sex marriage did not violate the religious liberty of Catholics. Sullivan, a practicing Roman Catholic, told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that Christianity wasn’t fundamentally at odds with rights for LGBT individuals. “I would say the religious arguments are more based in fear than…

Reddit co-founder: Tech companies can help fight NSA snooping

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian recently told Reuters that tech companies should strive to uphold constitutional principles like privacy. He said Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the National Security Agency, showed that the government was engaged in “unacceptable” levels of digital surveillance that violated privacy rights. Ohanian told Reuters Opinion…

Researchers find star system with 3 ‘Super Earths’

Four habitable planets orbiting three tiny suns? New first in planet-hunting. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Three, perhaps even four potentially habitable planets are orbiting a star in a triple-star system some 22 light-years from Earth, a team of astronomers announced Tuesday. It’s the first time researchers have found so…

Wendy Davis: Texas GOP anti-abortion law is ‘big government intrusion’

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) continued her public sparring with Gov. Rick Perry (R) over both a state bill that would close all but five of the state’s abortion providers and Perry’s recent criticism of the filibuster she initiated that led to the bill failing to pass on June…

Hong Kong filmmakers unveil first movie adaptation of Snowden saga

Four amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong have beaten Hollywood to the draw by producing the first film on Edward Snowden, a five-minute thriller depicting the nail-biting intrigue surrounding the intelligence leaker when he was hiding in the city. Shot in less than a week on a shoestring budget, the film…

Maher: Republicans hate ‘sluts who put out’ more than abortion

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher ended his weekly “New Rules” segment by clarifying that what Republicans legislate ever more cruel and draconian anti-abortion measures not so much because they hate abortion, but because they hate “women having sex that doesn’t end with a baby…

Maddow to Ohio women: ‘Welcome to your mandatory vaginal probe’ under new state budget

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took a hard look at some of the draconian rape and abortion measures that could be enacted if Republican Governor John Kasich signs the state budget currently on his desk. Under new laws contained in the budget, abortion…

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