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The true story behind the new rainbow house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church

On Melissa Harris-Perry’s eponymous show on Saturday, she brought viewers up to speed on the now-infamous rainbow-painted house that sits across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, most famous for its anti-gay activism. Aaron Jackson, the man behind the house, is the co-founder of the group Planting Peace —…

WATCH: U.S. soccer team fights for a win in driving snow, freezing temps

The United States defied the difficulties of driving snow to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 1-0 triumph over Costa Rica. In a match put in jeopardy by blizzard conditions, which saw the grounds crew in a constant battle to keep the pitch clear…

Touré: Dr. Ben Carson is Republicans’ guilt-easing ‘black friend’

Friday night on “The Cycle,” co-host Touré discussed how African-American conservative Dr. Ben Carson is serving as conservatives’ “black friend” who they keep around because it helps to assuage their feelings of racial guilt. Rather than taking up token minority spokespersons, Touré suggested, the GOP would be better served by…

Maher: ‘Religion, it’s like Wikipedia. Anyone can write something in.’

In the “New Rules” segment of “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Friday night, host Bill Maher begged the media to stop with their fawning coverage of the new Pope, who he dubbed “the virgin bachelor.” He said, “I have just about had it with the press squealing in delight…

Obama ends four-day Middle East tour with visit to Jordan’s ‘spectacular’ Petra ruins

US President Barack Obama strolled among the ancient Jordanian ruins at Petra on Saturday, on the final leg of a four-day Middle East tour dominated by his embrace of Israel. Obama flew by helicopter to view the rose-coloured stone ruins of the ancient Nabataean city, after winds from a sandstorm…

Jeb Bush tells CNN he admires brother George W. for ‘not having an opinion on anything’ since he left office

Mediaite.com reported Friday night that during CNN’s “The Lead,” former Florida governor Jeb Bush told the show’s host Jake Tapper he’s impressed with how tight-lipped his brother, former president George W. Bush, has been over the past four years, which is unlike other former presidents and lawmakers. “He is like…

Rhode Island sixth-grader testifies for marriage equality during 12-hour hearing

Twelve-year-old Matthew Lannon, a sixth grader from Providence, RI, took to the stage Thursday night during a 12-hour hearing on the state’s proposed marriage equality bill, which happens to be sponsored by Matthew’s aunt, Sen. Donna Nesselbush (D-RI). “There’s one thing in life that you don’t mess with, and that’s…

Republican senators seek to add anti-abortion amendments to proposed budget bill

Five new anti-abortion amendments have been filed by Republican senators to their proposed budget resolution as part of the marathon voting session known as “vote-a-rama,” The Huffington Post reported Friday. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) filed the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20…

Brooklyn man released from jail after 22-year murder conviction is overturned

A 58-year-old Brooklyn man was released from prison Thursday after his murder conviction was overturned following a witness’ confession that he was coaxed by authorities into identifying him as the suspect, CNN reported on Friday. “As I said from the beginning, I had nothing to do with this case,” David…

Florida college student suspended for not ‘stomping on Jesus’

A Florida Atlantic University student is accusing an instructor and local Democratic party leader of suspending him for refusing to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it. Mediaite reported on Friday that junior Ryan Rotela said he has been barred from returning to his…

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