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Penis of 9-foot gargoyle statue causes trouble in small Arizona town

A sculptor in Paulden, Arizona has found himself at the center of local controversy and national news thanks to the nude 9-foot-tall gargoyle statue on his property. Yavapai County officials have objected to the statue and neighbor’s have complained about the gargoyle’s large penis. David Smith now faces a $100…

Ron Johnson ‘skeptical’ of income taxes and Obamacare because of Benghazi

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is urging Americans to be “skeptical” of income taxes, the estate tax and President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because of last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi and a National Security Agency (NSA) program that collects millions of phone records each day. Fox…

Rand Paul: ‘I am the conduit’ to save immigration reform

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday suggested that the future of comprehensive immigration reform was in his hands because he is “the conduit” between moderate Republicans in the Senate and far-right conservatives in the House of Representatives. Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to Paul during a Sunday interview…

National intelligence director slams ‘hyperbole’ in coverage of NSA data-mining program

The federal official in charge of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies criticized recent coverage of the data surveillance programs used by the National Security Agency (NSA) on Saturday, saying it was a misrepresentation and that it put the country at risk. While he supported advocating for transparency, Director of National…

Police: Santa Monica shooting suspect was ‘dressed for battle’

Santa Monica police said on Saturday that the string of attacks linked to a suspect who was shot and killed by authorities were part of a premeditated assault involving an array of weaponry, KNBC-TV reported. “Anytime someone puts on a vest, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines,…

Army veteran shot and killed by 4-year-old son

A 35-year-old Army veteran died after being accidentally shot by his 4-year-old son while visiting a friend, KNXV-TV reported on Friday. Police told the station that Justin Stanfield Thomas, who served as a member of the Green Berets during the Iraq war, and the boy were visiting a former roommate…

Maher: Reagan was ‘the original teabagger’

On this week’s “New Rules” segment on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher warned that today’s whack job Republicans might be bad, but let’s not make the mistake of thinking old Republicans were better. Former Pres. Ronald Reagan, said Maher, was “the original teabagger.” “New rule,” Maher said,…

Maddow: You’d think these people sending ricin letters were crazy or something

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow opined that the community of people in the U.S. who send letters laced with ricin, a powerful poison, to public officials is “falling on hard times” with the suspicion and arrest of an Elvis impersonator and foot-masseur (one person) earlier…

FLASHBACK: Watch this 2006 PBS ‘NewsHour’ debate on the NSA’s phone call surveillance program

Under a top-secret court order issued using a provision of the Patriot Act, the United States government has been collecting phone records of millions of American…  …

Maher defends NSA data searches: It’s not because I’m brave, but because I’m scared

Though he usually has disdain for “slippery slope” arguments, Bill Maher said on Real Time on Friday, he issue of the National Security Agency (NSA) going through private citizens’ Internet data and other personal records, was truly a slippery slope. “I’m okay with it now that Obama’s in office,” Maher…

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