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Watch: Michigan pro-union protests escalate as former congressmen gets pepper-sprayed

Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI) was pepper-sprayed by police at Michigan’s capitol building amid an escalating protest against so-called “right to work” bills passed by the legislature on Tuesday that critics say will strip public and private unions of their bargaining power. Schauer said he and other protesters gathered outside the Capitol’s…

Ikea monkey sent to live coatless in animal sanctuary

Darwin, the 5-month-old monkey who escaped from his crate and followed his owners into a Toronto Ikea store, is being sent to live at a private animal sanctuary. According to CBC News, Darwin was taken from his owners, who were fined for keeping a prohibited animal as a pet. The…

Beck dons wig to mock Costas with tasteless rant about Jerry Brown’s death

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Tuesday wore a wig and ranted about “beer culture” to mock sports broadcaster Bob Costas’ recent commentary on “gun culture” in the United States following a tragic murder/suicide involving NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher. “Our current beer drinking and car driving culture ensures that more…

Retta from ‘Parks and Recreation’ blows Conan away, Puccini-style

Monday night on “Conan O’Brian,” comic and “Parks and Recreation” cast-member Retta showed Conan how she rolls. The New Jersey-born performer explained that she is a classical music fan, which comes as a surprise to some people. Retta told O’Brian about a recent encounter at a traffic light, when she…

Michigan mounted police trample pro-union protester with horse

Michigan State Police mounted on horseback reportedly knocked down at least one pro-union demonstrator at the State Capitol on Tuesday. Video posted by the Lansing State Journal shows a man laying on the ground as several mounted police awkwardly try to move their horses through a crowd of people protesting…

Same sex couple: Conservative justices ‘have an opportunity to redeem the Republican Party’

The first same sex male couple to appear in African-American lifestyle magazine Jet’s wedding announcements had harsh words for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent defense of “moral feelings” against homosexuality during an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday, but said the court’s conservative justices had a chance to do right by…

Fox News host: Woman can ‘go get a job elsewhere’ if she doesn’t like Michigan union busting

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett on Monday advised a woman who thought Michigan’s so-called “right to work” law was unfair because it allowed some workers to benefit from unions without paying dues to just “go get a job elsewhere.” Speaking to Fox News host Martha MacCallum, Michigan state Sen. Arlan…

LAPD refuses to release video of woman’s fatal arrest involving kick to the groin

The family of the woman who died after being booted in the groin while being arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department has filed a lawsuit demanding footage of the fatal encounter be released. “I go to sleep and I think of her and it is horrible because I know…

McConnell lashes out at ‘robo-squirrel’ on Senate floor

As lawmakers negotiate to cut $4 trillion from the deficit, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to blast Democrats for spending $325,000 educating students with a “robo-squirrel” project. “Do Democrats even believe their own rhetoric on spending,” McConnell asked. “Do they just want…

Londoners amused at sight of 50-foot-tall rubber duck

London’s famous Tower Bridge was forced to open up to let a 50-foot-tall rubber duck pass down the river Thames on Tuesday, apparently part of a publicity stunt. The duck was part of a campaign launched by Jackpotjoy, a gambling website. The company said it used the duck to promote…

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