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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…

Colbert: GOP election conspiracies run so deep that they don’t exist (just like ACORN!)

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert discussed the sorry low point that some Republicans have come to in the wake of the 2012 elections and the paranoid conspiracy theories that many of them are still clinging to. Colbert began by saying that he likes to take a…

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…

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