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Pesticides on food ignite debate among Israelis

“Israelis eat fresh, and they eat local. But how healthy are these foods? A recent government study into pesticide use on Israeli produce has caused some alarm,” reports Al Jazeera on Dec. 21. The study found residues of pesticides on 56 percent of tested foods, and 11 percent of the…

Senate passes NDAA without indefinite detention ban, Sen. Paul calls it ‘abomination’

The Senate voted 81-14 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which lacks a ban on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, and now President Obama must decide whether or not he will sign it, reported the Huffington Post. He had previously threatened a veto because it does not allow for…

VIDEO: NRA member cuts up card in ‘tribute’ to show ‘outrage’

A video published on CNN shows a a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association as he destroys the small rectangle of paper that associates him with the organization. “This is my NRA club card,” he says. “I want to show you my tribute and how outraged I am that…

Penn. teenager arrested for threatening to ‘kill random students’

A 14-year-old boy in Newtown, Pennsylvania was arrested on Thursday after allegedly threatening to “kill random staff and students” at a local high school. According to KYW-TV, the unidentified teen, a student at Council Rock High School South, was taken into custody after police found two working 9-millimeter guns in…

NRA chief breaks post-Newtown silence to call for armed guards at schools

Wayne LaPierre’s statement – twice interrupted by protesters – dashes hopes of gun control advocates looking for debate The National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US, has called for armed security guards to be posted in every school in the country and insisted that…

Bloomberg’s gun-control campaign recruits stars for ‘Demand a Plan’ video

The gun-control campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a video Friday with stars from around the entertainment and sports world reiterating its demands for the nation’s elected officials to put forth a cohesive strategy for regulating firearms. The video, “Demand a Plan,” shows about 50 celebrities in 82 seconds, with…

Pennsylvania man cites Newtown while ripping down atheist holiday display

A banner that was recently hung in a public space by a local atheist group in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania got chopped down this week by a young man who cited the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut as his reason. Local news channel WNEP-TV filmed the man, who identified himself as Joe McDonald,…

Watch live: Obama nominates Sen. Kerry for secretary of state

President Barack Obama announces John Kerry as his choice for secretary of state at the White House. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Dec. 21. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Protesters heckle Wayne LaPierre: ‘NRA has blood on its hands!’

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre came out of hiding on Friday for the first time since a mass shooting of school children in Connecticut and found himself being interrupted multiple times by protesters who accused his organization of enabling murderers. LaPierre began his press conference in Washington by suggesting…

Henri the Existential Cat is back with a holiday message

Henri the Existential Cat is back for another gloomy rumination on the futility of human endeavor and the ridiculous human ritual of Christmas. The opening scene of “Henri le Chat 5: The Worst Noel” found Henri feeling imposed-upon. “The holidays are just another excuse,” he said, “for the world to…

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