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Michigan lawmaker slams Republicans in emotional labor rights speech

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday blasted Republicans for pushing “right to work” legislation through the state legislature. The bill would prohibit unionized workplaces from requiring workers to contribute money to the union. The Michigan AFL-CIO has dubbed the legislation the “Freedom to Freeload bill” because it allows…

Rep. Cole breaks with GOP: Middle-class tax cuts ‘a victory for common sense’

Breaking with his party, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said Thursday that he supports a bill that extends tax cuts for the middle class. “As long as we have the right to continue to discuss and debate and fight on other issues, lets do that,” he told Tom Ferraro of Reuters.…

Prime Minister Gillard: End of the world is coming, good luck

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard weighed into the debate about whether the world will end on December 21 under the Mayan calendar in a spoof video about Korean pop and flesh-eating zombies. In a one-minute video address recorded for the youth radio station Triple J, a sombre-looking Gillard said the…

WATCH LIVE: The Obamas light the White House Christmas tree

President Barack Obama and his family illuminate the National Christmas tree at the White House. Watch live video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill. However, McConnell’s plan backfired after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for a vote on the legislation, which would…

Florida woman with sexual arousal disorder commits suicide

A Florida woman who told her story of shame and struggle to a reporter last week committed suicide a day after her video was published. In the haunting footage, 39-year-old Gretchen Molannen explained that for 16 years she’s been unable to control her level of sexual arousal, leading to extreme…

Michigan police pepper-spray, arrest protesters opposing ‘right to work’ law

Michigan State Police say they were forced to use pepper spray and arrest at least four protesters who were opposing right to work legislation at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk told the Detroit Free Press that a number of protesters tried to rush the…

Woman reporter’s account of Pearl Harbor attack finally published 71 years later

For 71 years, Betty McIntosh’s first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor went unpublished in the archives of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. According to the Washington Post‘s “The Fold” blog, McIntosh’s editor assigned the young reporter to bring in a “women’s perspective” on the December 7, 1941 attack, but then…

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…

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