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Jon Stewart mocks ‘delusional paranoia’ of Senate Republicans

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted that Senate Republicans appeared to hate the United Nations more than they liked helping the disabled. Senate Republicans voted against a UN treaty regarding disabled rights because it allegedly would have infringed on U.S. sovereignty. However, Stewart noted…

Chris Hayes: Boehner’s Medicare plan less popular than mandatory gay marriages

Filling in for MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes explained Wednesday night that provisions of the budget plan presented by House Speaker John Boehner were wildly unpopular, even among Republican voters. Hayes joked that forcing Americans to wed someone of the same gender would probably be more popular than Boehner’s…

Rape victim: Ecstasy treatment helped me re-integrate trauma

A woman who was abused and raped at age 4 told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that undergoing experimental ecstasy-assisted therapy sessions helped her cope with the long-lasting trauma. Rachel Hope had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since childhood. She received ecstasy — also known as MDMA — amid a scientific…

Tommy Chong optimistic Obama administration will allow legal pot

Stoner icon Tommy Chong said Wednesday that he believed others states would follow the example of Colorado and Washington by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. During an appearance on The Young Turks, Chong was optimistic that industrial hemp would soon be legalized and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would…

Rep. Louie Gohmert defends use of the word ‘lunatic’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday defended his vote against removing the term “lunatic” from all federal laws by insisting the word could be applied to Congress. Gohmert was the only lawmaker to vote against the bill, which was aimed at reducing the stigmatization of mental health conditions. “The last…

David Silverman: O’Reilly’s job is ‘to portray this horrible character’

American Atheist president David Silverman on Wednesday said Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had a very different personality on and off air. “This is all about money, this is all about ratings,” Silverman said on The David Pakman Show. “They bring me on because they think they’ll get more ratings…

Judge orders ‘deadbeat dad’ not to procreate as a condition of probation

Corey Curtis of Wisconsin says he will abide by a judge’s order not to have any more children until he can pay for them. Racine County Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle on Monday sentenced the 44-year-old father to serve three years’ probation for failing to pay about $85,000 in child…

Hate crime suspected after slaughtered pig found at Texas mosque

Police in Cypress, Texas are reportedly investigating a possible hate crime after a slaughter pig was found at the entrance of a local mosque. Islamic Outreach Center spokesperson Ilyas Choudry told Houston Press that the dead pig was discovered on the building’s deck and a hate crime report had been…

Soledad tells House Financial Services chair he has ‘no leverage’ as he misstates election results

The newly-named chair of the House Financial Services committee defended Republican resistance to tax cuts on the middle class in part by misrepresenting this year’s presidential election results to CNN host Soledad O’Brien. “The President won 51-49. He’s got an electoral college victory,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), both neglecting…

‘Walking Dead’ fan shoots girlfriend who wouldn’t get serious about zombie attacks

A Monday argument over the cable television show The Walking Dead ended with a Long Island man firing a bullet into the back of his girlfriend because she would not take the possibility of a real zombie attack seriously. In a press conference on Tuesday, Nassau County police Detective Lt.…

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