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Jon Stewart: ‘Yes, we motherf*cking can’ fix Veterans Affairs backlog

In a segment titled “Operation Enduring Wait,” The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Monday night ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to process a massive number of disability benefits claims. Stewart has repeatedly mocked and criticized the Obama administration for its failure to clean up…

Peter Singer: Find meaning by abandoning the ‘hedonic treadmill’ and embracing altruism

At a TEDtalk published Monday, Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer explained how to become an “effective altruist” by rejecting the endless pursuit of consumer goods. Singer, one of the most prominent modern advocates of utilitarian ethics, began his speech by recalling a horrific story from 2011. A toddler in…

Karl Rove: Prosecute ‘people who break their oath’ by leaking secrets

Fox News on Monday asked former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove, who participated in leaking the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003, to comment on the Obama administration’s decision to investigate Fox News reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in leaking CIA documents. The Washington Post…

Philly police bust libertarian activist Adam Kokesh during ‘smoke down’ pot rally

Libertarian activist and Iraq veteran Adam Kokesh was arrested Saturday at a “smoke down prohibition” marijuana rally in Philadelphia after police moved in on the crowd at 4:20 p.m. in an apparent show of force. In Philadelphia, marijuana possession under 30 grams is punishable by a small fine and the…

Suspect still at large after setting Texas woman on fire

A Texas woman suffered life-threatening burns on 99 percent of her body after being lit on fire by another woman after an argument late Sunday night. The Dallas Morning News reported that the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. inside a convenience store in Fort Worth. The suspect, who is still…

Gohmert: IRS ‘would have shot the Boston Tea Party’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Friday declared that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would have murdered the participants of the original 1773 Boston Tea Party and and would have “killed off” half of the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. In a 30-minute floor speech to express his…

Alex Jones: Democrats stole election, want to ‘legalize the 30 million illegals’

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones rang some familiar Republican talking points in a phone interview with Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt, accusing Democrats of widespread voter fraud and speaking of immigration reform in fearful terms. “They stole the election. That’s what I’m worried about, Larry,” Jones told Pratt. “There’s…

Iowa Senate Republican staffer fired after reporting sexual harassment

A female former staffer for the Iowa state Senate Republicans says she was fired only hours after she reported sexual harassment by male lawmakers. In an interview on Sunday, Kirsten Anderson told WHO-TV that she had worked as the communications director for the state Senate Republican Caucus until Friday when…

North Carolina 2-year-old puts dad’s unattended gun in his mouth and fires

A 2-year-old boy in North Carolina is expected to survive after shooting himself with his father’s gun over the weekend. Randolph County deputies said that the toddler found the handgun in his parents’ room at their home just outside Asheboro around 2 p.m. on Saturday. The boy put the gun…

Arkansas state treasurer arrested on federal extortion charges

Arkansas state treasurer Martha Shoffner (D) is scheduled to appear in a federal court Monday in connection with extortion charges. KATV-TV reported on Saturday that Shoffner was arrested at her home by Federal Bureau of Investigation and taken to Pulaski County Jail, where she has been held without bond. The…

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