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Texas lawmaker brings knitting needle, coat hangers, turpentine to abortion debate

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) brought a knitting needle, a coat hanger, a feather and turpentine to an abortion debate in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday to make a point about an exception for rape and incest. During a special session called after state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and other…

NC lawmaker: ‘Medicaid expansion has absolutely nothing to do with women’s health’

A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina on Tuesday asserted that Medicaid expansion had “absolutely nothing to do with women’s health.” During a state House Health Committee hearing on a bill that is expected to close all but one abortion clinic in North Carolina, state Rep. Nelson Dollar (R) said that…

Private paramilitaries guard Wisconsin mining site from protesters

Heavily-armed, masked paramilitary forces descended upon the Gogebic Taconite mining site in Wisconsin over the weekend, much to the chagrin of local residents and elected officials. “I’m appalled,” state Sen. Bob Jauch (D) told The Wisconsin State Journal on Monday. “There is no evidence to justify their presence.” Jaunch sent…

Glenn Beck: John Kerry’s wife faking critical condition like Hillary’s head injury

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Monday repeatedly accused Teresa Heinz Kerry of faking her hospitalization because her husband, Secretary of State John Kerry, had been briefly spotted on his boat during a regime change in Egypt. Sources told The Associated Press earlier this week that Heinz Kerry had suffered…

Limbaugh says it’s time to turn off Fox News

Update (below): Limbaugh walks back Fox News criticism Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh advanced a view on Monday that very few in the conservative media would dare to enunciate: he told a caller to stop watching Fox News, particularly the network’s panel discussions, which he said are “designed to get…

New abortion restrictions reignite culture wars

A crowd shouts ‘Shame, shame, shame!’ as law enforcement officers stand outside the North Carolina legislative building after the state Senate gave its approval to a series of abortion restrictions July 3.…  …

‘Friendly Atheist’ informs megachurch: We’ve heard all of it before

Hemant Mehta of the “Friendly Atheist” blog at Patheos sat down in front of thousands of Christians on Sunday to discuss his non-belief. Mehta talked about atheism with minister Randy Frazee at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. During the discussion, Mehta explained that many atheists were afraid to “come…

Ohio Republican slams ‘intentionally intolerant’ same-sex marriage ban

Former Ohio Attorney General and State Auditor Jim Petro on Monday publicly endorsed a campaign to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At a press conference, Petro said the ban was “inspired by vote getting reasons more than anything.” He said it was “bad for Ohio to take a…

Zimmerman’s mixed-martial arts trainer testifies he was ‘physically soft’

A mixed-martial arts (MMA) trainer testified for the defense on Monday that George Zimmerman “didn’t know how to really effectively punch” even though he had trained the former neighborhood watchmen for over a year. “He was just physically soft,” Adam Pollock told the court. “He was an overweight, large man…

Pakistan’s bin Laden report blames ‘incompetence’ for letting terrorist slip by

Institutional failures across the board and “gross incompetence” in the military led to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden slipping past Pakistani authorities and allowed the U.S. to carry out an “act of war” against the country, a government report released Monday by Al Jazeera English claims. The Abbottabad Commission’s findings suggest…

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