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Sen. Richard Burr: Republicans shutting down govt. over Obamacare is ‘the dumbest idea’ ever

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) this week said that a fellow Republican senator’s idea to shut down the federal government to block President Barack Obama’s health care reform law was the “dumbest idea” he had ever heard. Earlier this week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told Fox News that he was calling…

Cenk Uygur: ‘It’s over’ if Obama appoints Larry Summers to the Federal Reserve

No one can claim President Barack Obama is a progressive if Larry Summers ends up at the Federal Reserve, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks said on Thursday. “If he appoints Larry Summers it is over,” he remarked. “There is no one that can make the case that President Obama…

New Jersey Democrat proposes bill to repeal the Patriot Act

A New Jersey Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate introduced legislation on Wednesday that would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. Rep. Rush Holt, a rocket scientist, explained to RT the two laws have allowed the federal government to conduct massive domestic surveillance operations. Though he admitted his…

Gohmert: NSA program is like busting pot smokers by tracking stolen potato chips

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday compared the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program of capturing metadata from telephone call to using a search warrant for stolen potato chips to bust marijuana smokers. During a nearly hour-long House floor speech to rail against the NSA program that collects bulk phone records,…

Glenn Beck: The $1 bill proves America was founded to help Israel exist

In an odd rant about the secret symbolism on the $1 bill, right-wing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck told an audience on Wednesday that America’s founders established the country so that conservative Christians could help the nation of Israel come into being nearly 200 years later. Speaking to an organization called…

DEA raids pot shops in state where marijuana is legal

The Drug Enforcement Administration swooped in on several medical marijuana storefronts in Washington on Wednesday, despite the state’s law allowing marijuana possession. Raids took place in Pierce, King and Thurston counties, a DEA spokesperson told The Associated Press. They were reportedly targeted by a two-year investigation into dispensaries thought to…

Employee: Paula Deen wanted black staffers to dress in ‘Aunt Jemima outfit’

Paula Deen ordered African-American workers to “dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit” and ring a dinner bell, according to a woman who is still employed at the disgraced cook’s Georgia restaurant. Following Deen’s dramatic fall from grace after her admission that she had used racial slurs, The New York…

Former Weiner chief of staff’s husband embroiled in his own sexting scandal

Anthony Weiner isn’t the only politician in New York who is facing a scandal for sending inappropriate text messages. Democratic state Assembly member Micah Kellner, who is married to Weiner’s former chief of staff, admitted this week that he sent “flirtatious messages” to a staffer in 2009. According to The…

Right-wing attorney says St. Louis Cardinals ban on crosses puts us ‘in grave danger’

The Major League Baseball team in St. Louis, Missouri put every American “in grave danger” of God’s wrath when the team’s manager asked park custodians to stop leaving religious symbols on the pitcher’s mound, according to an attorney for a religious fundamentalist group. The Cardinals’ general manager asked stadium workers…

Sheriff quashes conservative squeal at gun buyback delay: Background checks are ‘greater good’

A Colorado sheriff says that gun rights activists who mocked background check laws that forced a gun buyback program to be canceled are missing the “bigger good” that the law is doing. The Boulder Daily Camera reported on Tuesday that a buyback event put on by the community organizing group…

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