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Santa tells Ryan he’ll get ‘coal’ if he keeps tax cuts for the wealthy

In a short bit of tax reform activism, a new liberal activist group calling itself “The Action” sends Santa Clause to confront Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Capitol Hill, telling him he’s got a lump of coal coming this Christmas if he doesn’t shape up. “I just want to give…

Filmmakers capture iceberg the size of ‘Manhattan’ breaking off Greenland

In rare and stunning footage, filmmakers behind a newly released documentary captured the largest-ever iceberg calving yet seen off the Greenland ice shelf’s Ilulissat glacier. The footage is just one part of a new documentary called “Chasing Ice,” by filmmaker James Balog, which released in the U.K. and across the U.S.…

Colbert: Fox News so desperate they’re breaking out their ‘emergency Muslims’

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert discussed the sad state of affairs at the Fox News Channel, where, in the wake of the Benghazi non-scandal, no juicy stories have come along to rile up the Fox Nation. The network, said Colbert, is being forced to trot out…

Jon Stewart ‘apologizes’ for mocking ‘f*cking crazy’ war on Christmas

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart gave a faux apology on Wednesday night for mocking the so-called war on Christmas. “We’ve had a bit of fun here over the years concerning what is commonly referred to this time of year as the war on Christmas, where a small band of…

Maddow: Michigan GOP ‘can do whatever they want’ due to gerrymandering

On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained that Republicans in Michigan were still in control due to redistricting. “Michigan Republicans are moving full steam ahead with whatever they want, they’ve got control of both houses of the legislature, they’ve got the governorship,” she said. “Even after they…

Michigan lawmaker to ‘sexist’ Republicans: You learned nothing from getting trounced

Noting their efforts to pass anti-union and anti-abortion bills during the lame-duck session, Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer took to the floor on Wednesday to blast Republicans. “I listened with great interest when the Chairman on the Judiciary [Committee] stood up and said that House Bill 5711 was pro-woman,”…

George Takei slams Scalia for ‘repugnant’ anti-gay comment

During an appearance on MSNBC, actor and LGBT activist George Takei called for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself from upcoming cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. Scalia recently told an audience at Princeton University that someone could be morally opposed to…

Rep. Tom Cole: If GOP ‘digs in’ then taxes go up for everyone

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) warned on Wednesday that the debate over the looming fiscal cliff could “poison” the next four years if Democrats and Republicans don’t learn to work together. “If either side feels like they quote ‘won’ in the negotiation, two things will happen,” he told the Associated Press…

Sen. Menendez on intern arrested by ICE: We didn’t know he was a sex offender

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey said Wednesday he had no way of knowing that an unpaid intern had overstayed his visa and was a sex offender. According to the Associated Press, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested the 18-year-old intern, Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, last week.…

Texas dad carves pentagram in son’s back because 12-12-12 is a ‘holy day’

Police in Richland Hills, Texas say Brent Troy Bartel, 39, admitted to carving a pentagram in his 6-year-old son’s back because the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 was a “holy day.” In audio recorded just after midnight on Wednesday morning, Bartel allegedly told a 911 operator about…

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