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‘Anti-government’ couple held after taking sons to Cuba

A US couple who had fled to Cuba after snatching their two young sons from the care of their grandmother are behind bars in Tampa, Florida, local law enforcement said Wednesday. A US airplane carrying Joshua Hakken, his wife Sharyn Patricia and their sons, aged two and four, landed in…

South Carolina woman caught trying to steal research ship in California

Police in San Diego, California caught a missing South Carolina woman on Tuesday after she tried to steal a 120-foot research ship while its occupants were still on board. According to KNSD-TV, security at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography called authorities after spotting the woman untying the boat’s dock lines…

Tony Perkins attacks Harris-Perry’s education promo with anti-marriage equality rant

The head of the anti-LGBT rights group Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday used a Fox News segment about MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s public education promotional advertisement to rail against equal marriage rights. Over the last week, conservative websites and pundits have attacked Harris-Perry over the notion that the community…

NAACP president: American drug war’s toll on liberty greater than apartheid

Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, appeared on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” Tuesday night to explain why he and 174 other celebrities and activists signed an open letter sent to President Barack Obama this week urging him to take decisive action on drug war…

Jon Stewart lampoons anti-sodomy, anti-abortion, anti-welfare Republicans

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday night ripped into Republican across the country amid a game show he dubbed, “Sodomy, zygotes, and welfare.” Stewart began by noting that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had fought to revive the state’s anti-sodomy laws. The laws, rendered obsolete by the Supreme…

Bill O’Reilly smears Tesla Motors with 2011 financial data

On his show Tuesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly falsely claimed that the California-based Tesla Motors was $523 million in the hole. The conservative Fox News host was discussing the alleged failure of the Energy Department’s clean-energy loan program, which invested billions of dollars in green companies and start-ups.…

Culture critic Christopher John Farley mocks ‘Accidental Racist’ song: Obviously an epic fail

Christopher John Farley, senior editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, mocked the new country song “Accidental Racist” on CNN Tuesday, saying it was “obviously an epic fail.” The song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J was intended to be a frank discussion of race relations in the…

Filmmaker tells California Senate: Show ‘Christian compassion’ by ending drug war

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki addressed the California Senate for 40 minutes on Monday, describing the war on drugs as an “abject failure” and urging the lawmakers to show “Christian compassion” by ending it. He warned that imprisoning young Americans for drug offenses was increasing crime rather than reducing it. Jarecki said…

Nugent calls Obama ‘the Chicago gangster’ and asks NRA host to ‘help me shoot somebody’

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent on Monday insisted that he had just been using a metaphor when he called President Barack Obama “the Chicago gangster” and then asked a NRA television host to “help me shoot somebody.” In an interview on NRA News, host Cam Edwards explained that the president’s proposed…

15 injured in second Texas community college attack this year

At least 15 people were injured in a mass stabbing attack at a Houston community college before the suspect was allegedly caught by a student, CNN reported on Tuesday. Authorities said one person was in critical condition following the attack at the Cy-Fair campus for Lone Star College, the second…

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