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Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill. However, McConnell’s plan backfired after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for a vote on the legislation, which would…

Florida woman with sexual arousal disorder commits suicide

A Florida woman who told her story of shame and struggle to a reporter last week committed suicide a day after her video was published. In the haunting footage, 39-year-old Gretchen Molannen explained that for 16 years she’s been unable to control her level of sexual arousal, leading to extreme…

Michigan police pepper-spray, arrest protesters opposing ‘right to work’ law

Michigan State Police say they were forced to use pepper spray and arrest at least four protesters who were opposing right to work legislation at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk told the Detroit Free Press that a number of protesters tried to rush the…

Woman reporter’s account of Pearl Harbor attack finally published 71 years later

For 71 years, Betty McIntosh’s first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor went unpublished in the archives of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. According to the Washington Post‘s “The Fold” blog, McIntosh’s editor assigned the young reporter to bring in a “women’s perspective” on the December 7, 1941 attack, but then…

Millionaire congresswoman laughs when told 65 percent want tax hike for the rich

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who could be the richest woman in the House of Representatives, could not help but laugh on Thursday when she was told that 65 percent of Americans would like to see higher taxes for the top 2 percent of earners. During an interview with Black on…

Christian group calls for boycott over Ellen DeGeneres ad with elves

The anti-LGBT activist group One Million Moms is calling on Christians to boycott JCPenney department stores because talk show host Ellen DeGeneres appears in a routine Christmas ad. As NBC noted on Thursday, JCPenny’s commercial, in which DeGeneres wears holiday clothes and insults elves with short jokes, will not strike…

Seattle women to be issued first same sex marriage license in Washington state

Just after midnight on Wednesday night, Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen became the first same sex couple in the history of Washington state to be granted a wedding license.  According to Seattle’s KomoNews blog, the two women are now allowed to marry under Washington law as a result of…

Perino: Women ‘victims of violence’ should ‘make better decisions’

Fox News host Dana Perino engaged in some victim blaming on Wednesday when she declared that women who had suffered from violence should “make better decisions.” The conservative hosts of Fox News’ The Five on Wednesday continued their week-long effort to defend gun culture in the wake of a murder/suicide…

Washington businessmen toast ‘the beginning of the end of prohibition’

As marijuana legalization became the law of the land in Washington state as of midnight, Jamen Shively rang a bell and raised a toast to what he called “the beginning of the end of prohibition.” Shively, a former Microsoft executive, joined fellow businessmen Wednesday night in celebrating both the legalization…

Ed Asner offers to ‘piss on’ Fox News producer to demonstrate trickle-down economics

Emmy Award-winning The Mary Tyler Show actor Ed Asner recently asked a Fox News producer if he could “piss on” him after he was confronted about a California Federation of Teachers video that showed cartoon rich people urinating on poor people. Fox News host Sean Hannity and other conservative pundits…

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