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Conan ‘melds’ Sen. McCain and Rep. Bachmann into a single person

In a video mash-up segment aired Tuesday night called “If They Melded,” TBS late night talk show host Conan O’Brien merged Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) into a single being. Correction: A single, terrifying being. Several other mash-up victims included celebutante Kris Jener and the Dalai…

CNN’s Tapper shreds GOP Rep. King’s push to prosecute NSA journalists

CNN reporter Jake Tapper appeared on the network’s morning show Starting Point Wednesday with a response to a Republican member of Congress who said Tuesday he wants to see reporters being prosecuted for breaking stories about the National Security Agency (NSA). That member of Congress is Rep. Peter King (R-NY),…

Officer cleared after shooting litter of kittens in front of kids

A police department in Ohio on Tuesday defended a humane officer who shot and killed a litter of feral kittens and told nearby children that the animals would be going to “kitty heaven.” An executive with the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the Sun News…

Florida man accused of luring 14-year-old boy onto cross-country flight

A 36-year-old Tampa, Florida man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly luring a 14-year-old California boy into flying with him back to Tampa under a fake name. KFMB-TV reported that police caught Tony McLeod and the boy upon their flight’s arrival in Tampa. McLeod allegedly flew to San Diego to…

New York woman solves her father’s cold case murder 26 years later

A man arrested in Miami last Thursday who confessed to the killing of a New York restaurant owner 26 years ago was caught thanks to the persistence of a daughter who never forgot the man’s name. Justo Santos was just 16 years old when he shot New York restaurant owner…

Colbert on NSA snooping: We must find the courage ‘to stay scared sh-tless’

Stephen Colbert found himself agreeing with President Barack Obama on Tuesday in welcoming a discussion over the National Security Agency’s (NSA) gathering of phone and internet usage records — in fact, he said, it was well worth having that discussion when it was reported in May 2006. “Folks, the fact…

John Oliver: The Second Amendment has defeated all the other amendments

Tuesday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver mocked Republicans’ discordant response to news about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. While some, like Sen. John McCain (AZ), believed the issue didn’t even need to be discussed, others provided a more hysterical assessment. Oliver also noted that some Republicans…

Rep. Peter King: Punish journalists who report classified information

Representative Peter King (R-NY) on Tuesday night said that journalists who revealed secret government programs should face criminal charges. Discussing the recent news about the National Security Agency, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked the Republican if he believed journalists should be punished for reporting on leaked information. “Actually, if they willing…

Chris Hayes explains why recent American history shows fear of surveillance is justified

On his show Tuesday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes provided a brief overview of government surveillance of American citizens during the Cold War. The history lesson was meant to highlight why it was troublesome to provide the government with broad and unchecked power to spy on its own citizens. Though…

Republican: Islamic leaders ‘potentially complicit’ in terrorist attacks

Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) on Tuesday informed Muslim leaders they were complicit in terrorism unless they perpetually denounced such acts. “When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith and are performed in the name of that faith,…

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