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Officer cleared after shooting litter of kittens in front of kids

A police department in Ohio on Tuesday defended a humane officer who shot and killed a litter of feral kittens and told nearby children that the animals would be going to “kitty heaven.” An executive with the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the Sun News…

Chris Hayes explains why recent American history shows fear of surveillance is justified

On his show Tuesday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes provided a brief overview of government surveillance of American citizens during the Cold War. The history lesson was meant to highlight why it was troublesome to provide the government with broad and unchecked power to spy on its own citizens. Though…

Georgia vandals knock over monument to Michelle Obama’s freed slave ancestor

Police in Rex, Georgia are investigating after a monument to one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ancestors was vandalized. WSB-TV reported on Monday that a heavy stone monument to Melvinia Shields was recently pushed off its foundation block. According to Georgia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial website, Shields was born into slavery…

Robertson: Boy Scouts being destroyed by gay ‘kids who want to do sex with each other’

Televangelist Pat Robertson is accusing LGBT people of trying to destroy “traditional marriage” and the Boy Scouts of America for “a few kids who want to do sex with each other.” The TV preacher told his viewers on Tuesday that it was “a terrible shame” that the Boy Scouts had…

Glenn Beck’s teary-eyed silent monologue: ‘My vocal chords [sic] are paralyzed’

Conservative talker and professional conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck announced Monday that he has temporarily lost his voice. On his web-only The Blaze TV broadcast Monday, he delivered the news over dramatic string music with the help of handwritten flash cards. “Doctors told me Friday,” he said by way of the…

Fox News guest: Trayvon would be alive ‘if he didn’t have a street attitude’

Former NYPD detective Harry Houck on Tuesday told Fox News that Florida teen Trayvon Martin was responsible for his own death because he had a “street attitude.” During a break in witness selection for the trial of accused murderer George Zimmerman, criminal defense attorney Tamara Holder explained to viewers of…

Huckabee: Portrayal of same sex couples on TV is ‘being forced’

Appearing on a radio broadcast Monday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) expressed shock that LGBT couples are popping up in TV commercials, saying it’s “something I guess I didn’t expect to see anytime soon” and insisting that equality is somehow “being forced” upon Americans. Huckabee was speaking to the…

Maddow: State Department personnel running amok with drugs and ‘hookers on foreign soil’

Monday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow detailed a series of State Department sex and drugs scandals which have been simmering for some time but because of recent leaks, may be about to blow wide open. Maddow began the segment by rehashing the Secret Service scandal…

Texas lawmakers cut volunteer firefighters off from $91 million in earmarked funds

Volunteer firefighters in Texas are raising questions about why they are not getting access to more than $90 million worth of earmarked funds for their departments. “The money is earmarked for us, why is it just sitting there?” Capt. Jonathan Reed from the Briar Volunteer Fire Department asked KXAS-TV. According…

Ingraham: Emergency contraception is ‘a good deal for pedophiles’ and child rapists

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday said that the Obama administration “empowers men who want to abuse women” by complying with a court order to allow over-the-counter emergency contraception sales to women and girls of any age. “It’s a good deal for pedophiles, a good deal for people who…

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