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LIVE VIDEO AND BLOG: Democratic National Convention speeches

The Democratic National Convention dives into its second day of speeches on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Featured speakers include New York Sen. Charles Schumer, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, outgoing Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, Colorado Gov.…

Fluke tells Soledad O’Brien GOP policies make women feel ‘under attack’

Womens’ rights activist Sandra Fluke, who became a lightning rod in the debate over contraception rights this year, said Wednesday that the phrase “War on Women” isn’t just a disagreement regarding policy on reproductive issues or a way to frame the discussion over them. “To me, the frame is less…

NASA releases stunningly trippy multi-angle video of solar eruption

The solar eruption witnessed August 31, what’s known as a “solar prominence,” was captured in stunningly psychedelic detail by NASA scientists, who were kind enough to publish a video on Wednesday showing the gorgeous natural phenomenon from several breathtaking angles, all in glorious high definition. The video was created using footage compiled…

Officials probe video showing Russian ‘Top Gun’ stunt near major highway

- Russian military prosecutors said Wednesday they would probe flight records and safety measures after a video showing a fighter jet zooming low over a highway became an Internet hit. A spokesman for military prosecutors in the southern military district told the Interfax news agency that they had “begun a…

Robertson: Democrats are ‘going after God’

The Democrats’ advocacy of same-sex marriage in this year’s party platform seemed to fluster Pat Robertson on Tuesday’s episode of The 700 Club, as he bemoaned the loss of the party formerly known as the party of “rum, Romanism and rebellion.” “You have insulted the Catholic Church with your rules,…

Ron Paul tells Jay Leno: ‘Democracy isn’t all that healthy in this country’

Appearing on Tuesday night’s episode of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) again dismissed talk of a potential third-party run for the nation’s highest office, and lamented that “democracy isn’t all that healthy in this country.” “We talk a lot about democracy,” Paul said.…

Police: Seattle mom used 10-year-old in burglary attempt

A Seattle woman was arrested this week after police said she used her 10-year-old son in an attempted burglary. After her arrest, police claimed they found a stolen computer and crack cocaine in a one bedroom hotel room where she was living with four children and four dogs. Marie Shafique’s…

Chinese knockoff artists patent iPhone 5 design before Apple: report

Apple may have just lost a key battle in China before they even began to fight it. A report by Chinese electronics site GizChina claims that a company called GooPhone boasted that it has obtained a Chinese patent on the design of Apple’s iPhone 5, taken from leaked photos of…

World’s richest woman suggests $2 a day wages for Australian miners

The world’s most wealthy woman is warning that firms are in danger of having to abandon iron-ore mining in Australia if wages are not cut, pointing out that African miners are “willing to work for less than $2 per day.” In a video recently posted on the Sydney Mining Club…

Jon Stewart’s team takes on Charlotte’s local culture

As Jon Stewart and his Daily Show crew descended on North Carolina – “one of the country’s top Carolinas,” he called it – he sent his band of correspondents into the city to get their take on the Democratic National Convention’s host city Tuesday night. Stationed at the NASCAR Hall…

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