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Chicago fast-food and retail workers begin mass walkout

Hundreds of fast food and retail employees in Chicago began a mass walkout Wednesday morning, calling for the city’s minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour. WLS-TV reported that the protest, organized by the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC), included employees from national store chains ranging from…

North Carolina Democratic strategist dies after knife attack in her home

A 29-year-old Democratic strategist died early Wednesday morning from injuries suffered in a brutal stabbing in her Raleigh, North Carolina home. According to the Raleigh News-Observer, Jamie Kirk Hahn and her husband were both injured in an attack that took place Monday night. Raleigh Police arrested Jonathan Broyhill, 31, a…

Ted Cruz: ‘I am a very, very proud wacko bird’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who calls himself a “proud wacko bird,” told CBS News that President Barack Obama was plotting to make immigration reform fail so that Democrats could campaign on it in 2014 and 2016. In an interview that aired on Wednesday, Cruz explained to CBS reporter Jan Crawford…

Mormon Bishop prevents mugging with Samurai sword

When Kent Hendrix heard there was a potential mugging occurring just outside his home on Tuesday, the Mormon Bishop did was any decent Mormon Bishop would do. He “jumped out, put some clothes on [and] grabbed my sword.” Forty-seven-year-old Hendrix, a father of six (and third-degree black belt!) thwarted a…

Limbaugh claims Planned Parenthood ‘knew all along’ about horrific abortion doctor Gosnell

Conservative opinion outlets buzzed Tuesday over an quote from last week’s Philadelphia Inquirer, in which Dayle Steinberg, president of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, said that horrors perpetrated by accused murderer Kermit Gosnell show why access to safe and regulated reproductive health services are so needed. That’s not what Breitbart.com or…

Colbert takes on UMass ‘Poindexter’ who debunked pro-austerity study

Stephen Colbert had a bone to pick on Tuesday with the “left-leaning academi-aholes” at the University of Massachusetts who found a crucial error in the Harvard study fiscal conservatives have cited to justify government austerity policies. “Nerds!” the “Colbert Report” host shouted. “I bet you found them on a Friday…

Jon Stewart castigates Congress for loosening insider trading law

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped Congress for weakening a recently approved law that subjected lawmakers to the same insider trading laws as every other American. Following a scathing 60 Minutes report on the topic, Congress passed the STOCK Act in 2012 to prohibit…

Sen. Ron Wyden slams Internet sales tax as ‘a recipe for stagnation’

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon blasted a proposed Internet sales tax Tuesday on the Senate floor, claiming it was a “bailout” for large brick-and-mortar retailers. The Marketplace Fairness Act would require businesses to collect sales taxes on online orders. Under current law, state governments can only collect sales taxes…

Yemeni activist condemns ‘terror’ of drone strikes in emotional speech to senators

A Yemeni activist and writer gave an emotional testimony to members of the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, expressing the anguish he felt after the country he had grown to love became the country that terrorized his home. “Just six days ago, my village was struck by an American drone in…

Republican trio push to militarize U.S. response to domestic terrorism

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC), John McCain (AZ), and Kelly Ayotte (NH) lashed out at liberals and libertarians on Tuesday, claiming it was dangerous to oppose the notion the United States was a “battlefield.” The three senators have been pushing for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be treated…

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