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Maddow: Supreme Court still deciding whether being LGBT is a ‘choice’

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took on the brace of LGBT-related cases before the Supreme Court, including one of the decisions handed down on Thursday, which made federal AIDS-relief money available to organizations whether or not they explicit state that they are anti-prostitution.…

How Michael Moore deals with death threats: ‘My two lovers, Ben and Jerry’

Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore sat down with “Viewpoint” host John Fugelsang on Thursday evening for a wide-ranging interview that included how he deals with the death threats he’s received after making films such as Sicko and Fahrenheit 9/11. Fugelsang began by talking about how former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowdon highlighted…

Christian school cites Bible and ‘impure thoughts’ to boot girl from football team

A Christian school in Georgia is using the Bible to back up their decision that an 12-year-old girl should no longer be able to play football because the boys on the team could have “impure thoughts.” Maddy Blythe had at least four sacks playing for Strong Rock Christian School’s team…

Colbert salutes Rep. Steve King for having the courage to be cruel to animals

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert saluted the work of Rep. Steve King (R-IA), particularly his brave stand against the “Let’s Not Abuse Animals” lobby. King, or as Colbert called him, “the man trying to forget what he buried in that corn field,” has, over…

John Oliver probes whether Paula Deen’s plantation-themed wedding a sign of adult onset racism

Celebrity cook and butter enthusiast Paula Deen admitted last year that she had Type II diabetes. But is it safe to assume she also suffers from Type II racism? The Daily Show host John Oliver explored the question on Thursday night. A lawsuit against Deen alleges the celebrity cook used…

Fox Business guest uses ‘spanking for Jesus’ to attack Muslims

Bernard McGuirk, the executive producer of the radio program Imus in the Morning, on Thursday used the movement known as Christian Domestic Discipline to launch an attack on Muslims. The obscure alternative lifestyle, which was thrown into the national spotlight on Wednesday, is based on the purportedly biblical teaching that…

Watch live: Sen. Jeff Merkley addresses Netroots

Netroots Nation 2013 kicked off on Thursday evening with a speech from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in San Jose, California. Other speakers include Ash Kalra (San Jose City Council), Howard Dean, Barney Frank, Becky Bond, Speaker Perez, Sandra Fluke, and Mike Honda. Watch live, broadcast via Netroots Nation and Free Speech TV: [Sen. Jeff Merkeley (D-OR)…

Gohmert: Cutting food stamps not evil because poor people buy king crab legs

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday denied it was “evil” for Republicans to want to cut food stamps because poor people used the program to purchase extravagant foods. The Texas congressman complained that Democrats had portrayed Republicans as evil because they supported a measure to cut nearly 2 million low-income…

Research finds wealth warps your perspective and makes you less ethical

Across multiple studies, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have found that being in the upper-class predisposes individuals to acting unethically. Studies conducted by psychology professor Paul Piff found those who drive luxury cars were less likely to stop for pedestrians, those with more money were more likely…

Bill Moyers to follow up his 2012 investigation of influential corporate lobbyist group ALEC

United States of ALEC, A 2013 Follow-Up (via Moyers & Company) This week, Moyers & Company reports on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself…

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