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Democrat attacks GOP’s budget ‘abomination’ for increasing spending on nukes

Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) slammed his Republicans colleagues on Tuesday for prioritizing the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) over “life saving” infrastructure. Garamendi said the proposed energy and water budget ignored the need to “protect human life,” because it would spend more than $7 billion on nuclear weapons while cutting…

FBI nominee: Waterboarding during Bush administration was illegal torture

During his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, FBI director nominee James Comey said the use of waterboarding by the Bush administration was illegal. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked Comey about his opinion on the matter. “When I first learned about waterboarding, my…

Florida doctor to perform vasectomies in front of live audience and Internet viewers

A Florida doctor hopes that his plan to perform vasectomies before a live audience and also stream the procedures on the Internet will make the world a better place. In an interview with Australia’s ABC radio on Tuesday, Dr. Doug Stein told host Vicki Kerrigan that the live audience at…

Radio host: Persecution against anti-LGBT Christians has begun

Christian radio host Matt Barber said Monday the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in favor of marriage equality have paved the way for societal discrimination against Christians. “It’s already starting to happen,” Barber told co-host Mat Staver. “By laying the groundwork now for the widespread recognition of so-called same sex marriage…

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.…  …

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