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Thanksgiving horror: Foggy conditions lead to 140-car pileup in Texas

In the early hours of Thanksgiving Day, dense fog in south Texas led to an astonishing 140-car pileup that left two people dead and more than 80 injured. The wreck, which occurred off Interstate 10 near Houston, wasn’t immediately identified by police as a major pileup due to the fog.…

Updated: Watch Black Friday strikes at various Walmart stores

This post will be updated periodically with new information, live videos and recorded videos throughout the day. The video below features a worker protest in Lakewood, Colorado, published by The Associated Press on Friday, November 23, 2012. The video below features a worker protest in Dearborn, Michigan, published by The…

Fox News prepares viewers for the terrifying war on Christmas

The war on the war on Christmas is starting early this year over at Fox News, where hosts across the network’s programs spent Thanksgiving week decrying the secularization of the holiday season. “The first salvo in the war on Christmas this year has been shot,” Fox legal analyst Peter Johnson…

Watch: The disenfranchisment of Native Americans continues today

Though the story of the first American Thanksgiving in which the Pilgrims host a great banquet to thank Native Americans who helped them survive the first winter, there is a darker history to the encounter. The man behind that generosity, Tisquantum (Anglicized as Squanto), had been kidnapped by a British…

Watch: A ‘Teddy Bear Picnic’ with koalas (with bonus slideshow)

Deep in the archives of the Chicago Film Archives’ Margaret Conneely Collection, historians found the below footage of koala bears from around 1959 as part of an Australian National Travel Association production. Produced by Mel. F. Nichols and edited by Winifred Lade, the film shows koalas and their joeys frolicking…

Watch: Anita Hill and Sandra Fluke talk about being in the eye of the misogynist media storm

On November 14, 2012, the National Women’s Law Center honored Anita Hill, Sandra Fluke and “Doonesbury” comic Garry Trudeau and invited them to talk about being at the center of a media hullabaloo, feminism and what happens when one talks about feminist issues in a public space. Watch the video,…

Pat Robertson claims he ‘missed’ God’s message about 2012 election

In January of this year, televangelist Pat Robertson informed his “700 Club” audience that God had revealed the results of the 2012 election to him in a vision, implying broadly at the time that the Almighty was less than pleased with President Barack Obama. According to Right Wing Watch, Robertson…

Pres. Obama makes Nate Silver joke while pardoning turkeys

On Wednesday afternoon, freshly returned from his trip to Asia, President Obama pardoned the annual Thanksgiving turkeys and marked the occasion with a joking reference to statistician and poll wizard Nate Silver, author of the blog, FiveThirtyEight. This year, for the first time, the American public voted which of the…

Robin Roberts tells sister, ‘You gave me life’ following bone marrow treatment

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts shared the details of her cancer treatment with her sister, a fellow news anchor who donated marrow of her own to aid in her recovery, telling her, “You gave me life.” Roberts spoke to her sister, WWL-TV news anchor Sally Ann Roberts, following the…

O’Brien and panelists mock ‘off his rocker’ Rupert Murdoch

CNN host Soledad O’Brien and her panelists spent some time having a laugh over Rupert Murdoch’s anti-Semitic Tweeting Tuesday morning. “He’s a little bit off his rocker,” O’Brien said of the NewsCorp CEO. “It’s awesome. I like that.” At one point, O’Brien read another tweet from Murdoch with faux-seriousness, intoning,…

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