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As outrage grows, military makes addressing sexual assault a ‘top priority’

JEFFREY BROWN: The issue of sexual assault in the military was back in the spotlight today at the Pentagon. Margaret Warner reports. MARGARET WARNER: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey offered no new solutions to the military’s sexual assault crisis at today’s much…  …

Maher: GOP has moved beyond obstruction to treason

On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and guests filmmaker Michael Moore, commentator S. E. Cupp and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin discussed the obstructionist Republican Congress and its mission to take down the president by taking down the country. Moore opined…

Moore tells Maher: ‘The real problem with the IRS is that they let General Electric not pay any taxes’

The dispute regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of Tea Party political groups didn’t strike Real Time host Bill Maher as a big deal on Friday night. “Is it unreasonable to target an anti-tax group?” Maher asked in response. “This is, after all, a group that named itself after…

60 passengers injured after two-train collision in Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy (D) said during a brief press conference Friday night that a rush-hour collision between two Metro-North passenger trains left 5 people in critical condition, including one person with “very critical” injuries. According to NBC News, a total of 60 people were hospitalized after the collision, most…

Shatner and Billy Dee pitch ‘Star Wars’ director on love for Lando and Leia and Chewie love

Jimmy Kimmel took another round of audience questions regarding the Star Wars franchise in an interview with director J.J. Abrams on Wednesday, only to find consensus on an unusual romantic pairing: Princess Leia and Chewbacca the Wookie. “I agree with those weird people,” said Star Trek stalwart William Shatner, concurring…

Colorado GOP state senator ducks questions from Aurora victim’s father

The father of one of the victims of the July 2012 mass shooting in Colorado told Talking Points Memo on Friday that his state’s Senate Minority Leader, Bill Cadman (R), rebuffed him while sharing pictures of his son. “I walked right up to him, and I handed him one of…

Texas man builds fake graveyard to keep homeless off property

A Houston landlord has constructed a fake cemetery to keep local homeless people from loitering on his property. The small green space is located in the shadow of some of Houston’s tallest buildings, but also close to a known homeless encampment. After years people sleeping on the lot, the man…

Scientists to Moyers: Lead poisoning ‘doesn’t kill anymore’ but there are new ‘troubling problems’

Bill Moyers took on the regulatory failures that led to lead poisoning when he interviewed David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz about their new book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. “As long as there are insufficient checks and balances on big business and its…

Rangel to IRS official: Citizens United was ‘invitation… for abuse’ of the tax code

The outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service commissioner on Friday told Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that applications for 501(c)4 groups had doubled since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling, which opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations. “The applications for this type of corporation increased dramatically, did it not?”…

Police: New York man rubbed pepperoni on penis, put it back on shelf

New York State Police say a Potsdam man was arrested Wednesday night at a grocery store in Massena for engaging in lewd acts with a pepperoni sausage. According to the Watertown Daily Times, a Hannaford prevention loss officer was watching surveillance video and observed 41-year-old John R. Allison rub his…

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