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NYPD: We hit bystanders in Empire State Building shooting

The New York City Police Department confirmed Saturday that two officers were responsible for wounding nine people in the process of taking down the presumed shooter outside the Empire State Building one day ago. According to WNBC-TV, the two officers, Robert Sinishtaj and Craig Matthews, fired a combined 16 times…

Author of bin Laden raid memoir facing death threats after being outed

The former Navy SEAL team member who wrote an eyewitness account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym for his own safety has been the subject of online death threats after his identity was released by both Fox News and the Associated Press. According to NBC…

Same-sex sitcom pulled from Mormon-owned station

The NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, won’t show a new sitcom based around a same-sex couple’s adoption process. Jeff Simpson, CEO of Bonneville International, which owns KSL-TV, told The Salt Lake Tribune that his organization sometimes struggles with programming because of content issues, and that the show, The…

Uygur: Did David Koch buy Paul Ryan the VP slot?

On Friday night’s edition of “The Young Turks,” host Cenk Uygur highlighted a report by controversial Republican political operative Roger Stone. The report alleges that vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrived at his place on the ticket through the machinations of David Koch, half of the powerful billionaire…

Obama ad: We don’t need a ‘Birther-in-Chief’

The campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama has released a new ad responding to Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s “birther” joke yesterday at an appearance in Michigan. The short-but-memorable ad asked viewers if they were holding out hope that Romney has a vision for the middle class, then…

Maddow and Hayes: Romney trolling liberals so racists will vote for him

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow was joined by “Up with Chris Hayes” host Chris Hayes for a discussion of the fact that in the thick of the campaign, with fewer and fewer things running in his favor, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)…

Bill Maher: Is the GOP made up of ‘magical thinkers’ who mistake ‘superstition for science’?

HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher ended this Friday night episode with a “New Rules” segment that argued that Republicans positioned issues so that they were easily understood by “children” instead of an epistemology understood by adult, critical thinkers. The grown-up answer to our massive national problems is “Identify them…

Bill Maher: ‘Republicans don’t like it when single women have sex’

On Friday night’s episode of HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher took Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to task. Maher’s guests predictably denounced Todd Akin’s idiotic statement that “women don’t get pregnant from legitimate rape.” But it was host Maher who made clear the link between Akin’s mouth-diarrhea and Republican…

Todd Akin holds press conference to confirm he is not dropping out of Senate race

In a brief press conference on Friday afternoon, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) confirmed that he has no intention of stepping down as the Republican candidate for senator from Missouri and made it clear that he is not involved in any negotiations to do so. “There are some people who are…

19 people shot in one night of attacks in Chicago

The south and west sides of Chicago were hit with a rash of shootings Thursday night, with 19 people hit and 13 wounded in seven separate incidents, including eight in one 30-minute period. According to The Chicago Tribune, the eight people, many of them teenagers, were shot at 79th and…

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