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WATCH LIVE: Man walks high wire above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

A seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallenda family, Nik Wallenda, was scheduled to walk a high wire above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Wednesday evening. Watch live video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy [Nik Wallenda by Flickr user kevint3141]…

FBI director: Expanded surveillance powers ‘absolutely essential’

FBI director Robert Mueller on Wednesday urged Congress to extend legislation that authorized the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program started under the Bush Administration. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 gave the government sweeping surveillance authority and granted legal immunity to telecommunication companies that had participated in the wiretapping…

Pat Robertson prays to convert ‘homosexuals’ from ‘displeasing’ Jesus

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday asked gay men and lesbians to pray with him that they would stop “displeasing” Jesus by doing “something the Bible says in an abomination.” Following a segment on CBN’s 700 Club about a lesbian who said she had become straight after giving her life to…

Video shows Tea Party activist saying ‘We have to kill’ Sen. Claire McCaskill

Sarah Steelman, the Republican Senate candidate running against Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill this election, is facing heavy criticism for her son applauding a tea party activist urging a crowd “to kill” the senator, according to reporting Tuesday by Think Progress. Now, the video (embeded below) has surfaced. At a…

Obama endorses same sex marriage

In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared that “same sex couples should be able to get married.” The president told ABC’s Robin Roberts that his views on the issue of marriage equality had been “going through an evolution.” “I’ve always been adamant that gay and…

NC county commissioner calls to revoke ‘illegal’ same sex benefits

Only hours after North Carolina passed a controversial amendment banning same sex marriage, a county commissioner is already calling to revoke the “illegal” benefits provided to unmarried same sex couples. “Now that #4marriage #amendment1 has passed – we need to eliminate those illegal benefits,” Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, who…

Tony Perkins: My kids won’t be gay because I teach them ‘the right ways’

Family Research Council president and anti-gay advocate Tony Perkins certainly was pleased Tuesday evening after learning that North Carolina voted to pass the controversial Amendment One measure. Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Tuesday, Perkins argued that people become gay because of the “environment they’re raised in” and the high…

Texas school misspells own name for nine years

An elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas was recently forced to give itself a failing grade after realizing it had misspelled its own name for the past nine years. During the 2003-2004 school year, Sunrise Elementary School attempted to honor the first teacher ever hired at the school, Mrs. Mary…

Humane Society video shows Wyoming farm workers abusing pigs

Workers cursed at animals, kicked at their faces, punched them and one even bounced up and down on an animal’s broken leg during the time “Whitney Warrington” worked at Wyoming Premium Farms in Wheatland, Wyoming. And all the while, though, she was recording the abuse for the Humane Society to…

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…

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