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Joan Walsh on McCain: ‘Cowardly’ is putting Palin ‘a heartbeat away from the presidency’

Appearing on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with host Al Sharpton, Salon columnist Joan Walsh defended President Barack Obama against Senator John McCain’s accusation of cowardice in response to the shooting down of flight MH17, bringing up a sore point for McCain: his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.…

Russia Today defends crash coverage: ‘We have different definitions of truth’

Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded international news agency, pushed back against accusations from one its former correspondents that it is a propaganda outlet for the Putin administration, explaining ” We have different definitions of truth.” Reacting to the highly publicized departure of Sara Firth, who resigned over the network’s coverage of…

Killer mosquito-borne virus arrives in eastern Massachusetts

A potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or triple-E) has infected at least one patient in eastern Massachusetts. WWLP Channel 22 reported Friday that the disease has infected one person and that conditions are right for the disease to spread. EEE is a viral brain infection that…

Maddow: NATO warned in June about Russian-trained anti-aircraft gunners in Ukraine

On Friday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recounted a NATO warning from June 30, in which the group of nations warned that Russia was training Ukrainian separatists how to use sophisticated anti-aircraft surface-to-air weapons. Maddow began the segment by noting that two journalists have left the TV and web network Russia…

Bill Maher: Why aren’t Tea Party ‘numbskulls’ complaining about militarized police forces?

Real Time host Bill Maher accused conservatives on Friday of ignoring the increase in reports of excessive force by local police departments — the kind of “jack-booted government thugs” Republicans used to criticize. “This is the massive expansion of government power that you numbskulls in the Tea Party should be…

George Takei to Maher: Shatner made me want to drive the Enterprise into the Death Star

Actor and activist George Takei burst Real Time host Bill Maher’s fandom bubble on Friday when he discussed his longtime rift with fellow Star Trek star William Shatner. “Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said of Shatner. “Well, he is a person…

‘I want to go home to my bed’: Protesters fight disabled Seattle veteran’s eviction

Demonstrators in Seattle tried on Friday to physically block the court-ordered eviction of a disabled Vietnam veteran he and local activists blame on predatory lenders, KIRO-TV reported on Friday. “I want to go home to my bed,” the homeowner, Byron Barton, said during the protest. Barton, who suffered a heart…

AZ GOP candidate denies asking armed militia group to join him for anti-immigrant protest

An Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate denied asking members of an armed militia group to act as his security detail during a protest against Central American immigrants, Talking Points Memo reported. “I neither requested them in any way, shape or form,” former state congressman Frank Riggs told TPM. “I didn’t arrange…

Planned Parenthood head: Supreme Court says it’s better to be a corporation than a woman

The following interview was aired on Friday on Moyers & Company BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In the 40-plus years since the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion with its Roe v. Wade decision, conservatives and the religious right have crusaded to overturn it, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not. NEWS…

Ohio LGBT advocates criticize ‘Straight White Guy festival’ flyers prank

Gay rights advocates in Columbus, Ohio, have criticized the appearance of flyers allegedly promoting a “straight white guy festival” at the same park that hosts the city’s LGBT pride event, WBNS-TV reported. “This kind of thing implies there’s some kind of struggle going on for being a straight white person…

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