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Moyers to Americans: Read the Declaration of Independence this July 4

This week on “Moyers and Company,” host Bill Moyers reminded us that July 4 is approaching and asked Americans to take the time this year to read one of our nation’s founding documents. The moment Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence, messengers on horseback were dispatched to all 13 colonies…

Maher urges Romney to pick George Zimmerman as VP

On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher asked Mitt Romney to do him a small favor and not choose his running-mate until after August 17, when “Real Time” returns from its summer hiatus. “And furthermore, he must take my advice on who to pick,”…

Bill Maher defends racism charge from Allen West

On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” host Bill Maher –and a panel that included Amy Goodman, Lizz Winstead, Fareed Zakaria and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome– discussed backlash from a column Maher wrote recently that compared the modern-day Republican Party to “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”…

Black historian: Both blacks and whites avoid facing contraditions in society

In a blistering Independence Day weekend interview with PBS’s Bill Moyers, historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad dissected the contradictions between the American belief in equality and freedom and its actual treatment of its own citizens. Muhammad, who is the head of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in…

House Republican: We could have Attorney General Holder arrested

Appearing on a Friday afternoon Fox News broadcast, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) suggested that House Republicans may direct the House Sergeant at Arms to arrest Attorney General Eric Holder, provided they exhaust all other options for obtaining Justice Department documents that are now protected under executive privilege. “If you actually look…

Glenn Beck selling Justice Roberts ‘Coward’ T-shirts

Many on the right are not taking yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act very well, but one enterprising pundit is making hay while the sun shines (or doesn’t). Some on the right are blaming Chief Justice John Roberts’s decision on epilepsy medication. Others are calling for him…

Houston woman arrested and jailed over ‘speed trap’ sign

A woman in Houston, Texas spent 12 hours in jail recently after being arrested while holding up a makeshift sign warning passing motorists of a police speed trap ahead. Claiming that she was initially threatened with a felony charge for “obstructing justice,” Natalie Plummer explained to Houston ABC News affiliate…

Former pregnant inmate sues after being forced to wear shackles during labor

A former inmate is suing the Nevada Department of Correction because she says she was forced to wear shackles while in labor. Valerie Nabors told KTNV that officials at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in North Las Vegas violated state law when they put her in shackles while she…

Oliver Stone: Marijuana saved me from ‘becoming a beast’ in Vietnam

Speaking to the hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday about the plot of his new drug war film “Savages,” filmmaker Oliver Stone took a moment to help his interviewers understand his affinity for marijuana, saying that it helped him and many others avoid “becoming a beast” during the Vietnam…

William Shatner admits to dropping pants at TSA checkpoint

Something rather unfortunate happened to 81-year-old actor William Shatner recently. You might even say he lost his pants. “My wardrobe malfunction @ LAX is making the rounds online,” he said Thursday night on his Twitter account. “For those that were witness I apologize. For those that kept staring shame on…

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