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Colbert checks the math on Super PAC negative ads: ‘Arabian Nights’ plus Jay-Z’s problems

Stephen Colbert took another look at the rise of Super PACs Tuesday evening, including how they have contributed to a major increase in negative campaign ads in the current election cycle. “Since 2008, campaign spending by groups like Super PACs have jumped by more than 1100 percent,” Colbert mentioned. “To…

Leno to Santorum: ‘You’re wrong’ on same sex marriage

NBC host Jay Leno on Tuesday told former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum that he was “wrong” to oppose marriage equality for LGBT Americans. “I know you oppose gay marriage,” Leno said during his interview with Santorum. “I’m not going to change your mind on that even though I think…

WATCH LIVE: ‘Occupy’ protests Bank of America shareholders meeting

Occupy Wall Street portesters are targeting Bank of America’s annual shareholder meeting today in Charlotte, N.C., in which they’re demonstrating against the nation’s second-largest bank’s taking of taxpayer bailout money, according to reporting from Reuters. Protestors chanted, “We are the 99 percent.” Occupiers have also told The Huffington Post they…

Orangutans learn to communicate via iPad

Ape trainers at Miami’s Jungle Island are using a unique new approach to communicating with their favorite captives, helping orangutans learn to say what they mean using a special piece of software for Apple’s iPad. Linda Jacobs, a volunteer trainer, told The Associated Press this week that apes enjoy communicating…

Stewart: Obama’s changes on marriage equality isn’t ‘social policy,’ it’s ‘Zen Koan’

In a similar reaction to his buddy Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart also had fun Tuesday evening looking over Vice President Joe Biden admitting that the sitcom Will & Grace shaped his view on marriage equality. “Fictitious gays, fictitious gays, everybody loves fictitious gays,” a delighted Daily Show said. Stewart, however,…

Lugar’s tea party opponent: ‘Compromise’ means Democrats join Republicans

The tea party Republican candidate who defeated Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar (R) after six terms in Tuesday’s GOP primary says that his definition of “compromise” means that Democrats will have to come around the the right’s way of thinking. “What I’ve said about compromise and bipartisanship is I hope to…

Guardian journalist predicts 2012 will be last year both parties oppose same sex marriage

Ana Marie Cox, political columnist for the Guardian, on Tuesday night predicted the 2012 elections would mark the last time that both presidential candidates opposed same sex marriage. Even though North Carolina voted Tuesday to ban same sex marriage, Cox noted on MSNBC’s The Last Word that support for same…

Former ER star Noah Wyle explains ‘unsexy’ Medicaid activism

Former ER star Noah Wyle explained Tuesday why he decided to bring attention to “a very unsexy kind of issue” by getting arrested to protest Medicaid cuts. Wyle and more than 100 other people were arrested during a protest at the Capitol Hill in late April. “It was a good…

Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose: The Church must ‘rise up’

Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose said Tuesday that Christians needed to become more involved in politics and reclaim the United States, according to Right Wing Watch. On James Robison’s Life Today TV program, she was asked if she thought the “biggest mistake believers can make is to stay out of” the…

Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his stroke rehabilitation

Sen. Mark Kirk, a moderate Republican representing Illinois, released video on Tuesday that outlines the walking rehabilitation program he is currently undergoing. Kirk was elected in 2010 to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama. In January, the 52-year-old Senator suffered an ischemic stroke and had to receive…

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