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Howard Kurtz chides Fox News for sending Dana Perino to interview her former boss

CNN media critic Howard Kurtz on Thursday criticized Fox News for sending Dana Perino to interview former President George W. Bush during the opening of his presidential library. In a Daily Download video, Kurtz noted that Perino served as the White House press secretary for Bush from 2007 to 2009.…

Pat Robertson links Planned Parenthood to Hitler and black ‘genocide’

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday misquoted the founder of Planned Parenthood to make a false connection between the abortion provider, Adolf Hitler and African-American “genocide.” After noting that President Barack Obama would be speaking to Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Friday, Robertson urged his viewers to Google the group’s…

Bush weeps while talking about Hurricane Katrina and dead soldiers

Former President George W. Bush openly wept while talking about some of the biggest disasters of his tenure at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday. At the conclusion of his speech, Bush mentioned “the people of New Orleans who made homemade boats to…

Rep. blasts House hearing on ‘bizarre conspiracy theories’ about DHS ammunition hoarding

Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s National Security Subcommittee, slammed Republicans on Thursday for conducting a hearing that he said was driven by Internet conspiracy theories suggesting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was buying a billion rounds of ammunition…

Rubio ‘open’ to cutting off all Muslim student visas

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday said that he was “open” to considering the idea of halting all student visas from Muslim countries as a reaction to this month’s Boston Marathon bombings. Earlier this week, Fox News host Bob Beckel first suggested that there should be a two-year suspension of…

Maddow slams right-wing mainstreaming of crackpots like Alex Jones

Wednesday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow chided the right for giving credence to the crackpot conspiracy theories of Alex Jones and bringing the most extreme fringe thinking to the front and center of the Republican Party. Maddow began the segment by talking about the 9/11…

After running on LGBT marriage bans, Bush now says he’s not ‘weighing in’

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday said that he was not “weighing in” on the current debate over same sex marriage, even though he supported a constitutional ban on marriage equality and may have won a second term because anti-LGBT ballot measures brought evangelical conservatives out to vote in…

Massive fuel barge explosions force evacuations in Alabama

At least three people were critical condition on Thursday after two fuel barges containing natural gas exploded in Mobile, Alabama. Steve Huffman with Mobile Fire and Rescue said that emergency crews were forced to let the fires burn out on their own due to volatile conditions. A one-mile safety zone…

Colbert: Mars rover’s penis doodle proves America’s ‘galactic supremacy’

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert presented a segment called “Tiny Triumphs,” in which he celebrated the fact that the Mars rover is now drawing penises on the face of the planet, meaning that America is now treating the Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor like a…

Pervasive preference for baby boys over girls prevails among parents in India

Worries about the age-old bias favoring male children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro updates a story he did a dozen years ago about the skewed sex ratio of children born in India. It’s another in our Agents of Change series. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: For some months…  …

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