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Rep. Todd Akin: ‘Write me a decent check’ to get my attention

Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for Senate in Missouri, thinks that giving your member of Congress money is a good way to get in touch with them. A video uploaded to YouTube on Monday by the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) highlighted Akin’s response after he was…

Maddow mocks Romney for wondering why airplane windows don’t open

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow lampooned Mitt Romney for wondering why airplanes didn’t have windows that open. “It’s a real problem that windows don’t roll down on airplanes?” she asked. “Is it also a problem that guns don’t shoot backwards through the barrel? Or that diving…

Ben and Jerry’s co-founder explains ‘monetary jiu jitsu’ to get money out of politics

During an appearance on Current TV’s Viewpoint, Ben and Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen explained the rationale behind his Stamp Stampede campaign. “I think that over two-thirds of all Americans — that’s Republicans, Democrats, Independents — all agree that money in politics is destroying our democracy,” he said. “Neither party has…

‘Anonymous’ releases NYPD footage of Occupy Wall Street eviction

Late Sunday night, an unidentified person associated with the hacktivist group “Anonymous” released footage of the New York Police Department evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from their encampment in Zuccotti Park last year. A statement accompanying the 85 files said the footage was recorded by the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response…

Voter asks Ryan why he’s better than ‘Vermin Supreme’

During a town hall event in Lima, Ohio on Monday a voter asked Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) why Mitt Romney was a better choice than Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) or anarchist Vermin Supreme. “Do you want Barack Obama to be reelected?” Ryan responded. “Then don’t vote…

Republican lawmaker quits after being named as brothel client in racketeering case

A married Republican state representative in Florida announced on Monday that he will resign from office and not seek re-election after Orange County prosecutors revealed that he had been named in a case involving racketeering and prostitution. State Rep. Mike Horner has not been charged with any crime, but law…

Actress: I received death threats after being ‘duped’ into anti-Islam video

An actress from the anti-Islam short film that inciting demonstrations around the Middle East is suing Google and YouTube, as well as the film’s producer, in an effort to have it taken offline. Cindy Lee Garcia said on The Today Show Monday that she was fooled into taking part in…

Dog shocks owners by producing milk to nurse abandoned kitten

A 4-year-old Pekingese dog named Mittens shocked her owners after she adopted a kitten and began producing milk to nurse it. Pat Weber of Jordan, Minnesota told the Star Tribune that her grandson found the kitten in a pole barn near their house when it was just a few days…

Flight attendant’s gun goes off at Philadelphia airport

A Philadelphia police officer will be required to get more weapons training after a flight attendant’s gun went off at Philadelphia International Airport Sunday. WCAU-TV reported that the unidentified Republic Airlines attendant had forgotten her gun was inside her bag when she went through a security checkpoint early Sunday morning.…

Ryan: Banning LGBT troops ‘would be a step in the wrong direction’

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan believes that reversing the repeal of the military ban on gay and lesbian soldiers would be a “step in the wrong direction.” During an interview with WPTV that aired over the weekend, Ryan was asked to weigh in on the one-year anniversary of the…

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