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Maddow: Heritage Foundation immigration study is exercise in Republican racism

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow talked about the futility of attempting to do minority outreach when your party’s platform is openly hostile to non-white Americans. She highlighted a study by the Heritage Foundation that said Latino immigrants should therefore be admitted to the…

Facebook page promoting violence against female Marines reappears, mocking Congress

A Facebook page that glorified violence against women in the military was shut down after Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) publicly called it to the attention of the secretary of defense and the commandant of the Marine Corps. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Commandant of the Marine…

Watch live: House committee holds hearing on Boston bombings

House Homeland Security Committee hears testimony from Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Sen. Joe Lieberman and Massachusetts Homeland Security official Kurt Schwartz about the Patriots’ Day attacks and the investigation that followed. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on May 9. [House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul by Flickr…

Colbert turns his back on South Carolina over Sanford win: ‘I feel so betrayed’

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert lashed out at his home state of South Carolina for failing to elect his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch to Congress, and re-electing former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to the congressional seat he held before running for governor. “Folks, tonight I…

Jon Stewart highlights Bullsh*t Mountain’s history of hysteria to mock Benghazi hearing

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Wednesday mocked Fox News for over-hyping yet another congressional hearing on the attack in Benghazi. Fox News pundits and Republicans alike had promised Wednesday’s hearing would be a bombshell. But like the hearings before it, the Oversight Committee hearing failed to turn up…

Sen. Whitehouse destroys colleague who said God won’t allow climate change

In a nearly 17-minute speech on Wednesday evening, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) blasted an unnamed senator for saying God would protect the Earth from climate change. “I was recently at a Senate hearing where I heard a member of our Senate community say, ‘God won’t allow us to ruin our…

California strawberry pickers fired for walking off job to flee wildfire

A group of agricultural workers in southern California lost their jobs last week when they took shelter to escape the ash-filled air blowing down on them ahead of one of the wildfires currently blazing in that state. According to NBC Los Angeles, 15 workers went inside to escape the smoke,…

Texas 5-year-old shoots 7-year-old brother during boys’ bath time

A 7-year-old boy in Texas is expected to recover after being shot by his 5-year-old brother while the two were taking a bath together on Tuesday. Officials with the Houston Police Department said that both boys were in the bathtub when the mother stepped away for a brief time. Investigators…

Fox News host on Benghazi: ‘We’re getting a little lopsided’ by favoring Republicans

Fox News host Megyn Kelly admitted on Wednesday that the conservative network’s coverage of that day’s Benghazi hearings had been a “little lopsided” after Democratic lawmakers were repeatedly cut off for commercial breaks. Following opening statements, Fox News aired all of the questions House Oversight Committee Chair Darrel Issa (R-CA)…

Dangerous snail species spotted in Texas

Update (May 13): The Houston Chronicle reported that the snail spotted in Texas is not of the deadly African land snail variety, but actually a beneficial rosy wolf snail species, which is a predator to other garden-eating snails. Though the two species look very similar, the rosy wolf snail is considerably…

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