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Fox News panel clashes over Verizon data-mining ‘our butts’

Fox News host Eric Bolling found himself in the middle of a heated argument between network contributors on Saturday over the role of Verizon Communications in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance of citizens’ internet and phone usage. “You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” Wayne Rogers told…

Maddow: GOP can’t stop playing to its ‘apocalyptic, paranoid, gun nut’ base

The Republican-led House of Representatives managed to pass a piece of gun-related legislation in time for Friday, the six-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to Rachel Maddow, however, the law is a conspiracy theory-inspired piece of right-wing fantasy come to life.…

Maher rips Pat Kennedy’s anti-pot crusade: ‘This is like global warming denying’

Noted marijuana enthusiast Bill Maher had little patience on Real Time on Friday for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s (D-RI) campaign against legalizing the drug. “It just seems so un-Kennedy like to be against what I said a couple of weeks ago was the new gay marriage,” Maher told Kennedy in…

Harvard professor tells Moyers: Snowden’s fear nothing will change ‘is the most likely outcome’

Harvard professor Laurence Lessig told Bill Moyers on Friday that former defense contractor Edward Snowden’s concerns about popular apathy regarding his revelations of government data gathering are well-founded. “I think the thing he most fears is the most likely outcome,” Lessig said on Moyers & Company, citing the relative lack…

Military rape victim fights defense claim that the prosecution is political

Master Sgt. Ronald E. Bohlayer was charged this week with raping a 23-year-old Washington, D.C. woman last July in the Marine Barracks just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, a move that his attorney claims is due to the increased “publicity” given to military sexual assaults recently. “In my…

‘Cliff’ from ‘Cheers’ wants Allen West to spread his ‘gene pool’ across America

Conservative actor John Ratzenberger, who is best known as the character “Cliff” from the television sitcom Cheers, on Friday called for former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) to take “something from his gene pool” and “put it everywhere across this great country.” Ratzenberger was introducing West at the Faith and Freedom…

Jeb Bush: ‘More fertile’ immigrants needed to care for aging Americans

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told a conservative conference on Friday that comprehensive immigration reform could be turn around a trend of lower birth rates in the U.S. because “immigrants are more fertile.” “Demography is destiny,” Bush explained to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. “We’re…

Maine man arrested for shooting dog with BB gun 100 times

A man in Maine has been arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly shooting a dog with a BB gun over 100 times, WGME reported on Friday. The Waldoboro Police Department announced on Thursday that Aaron Armstrong had been charged with class C felony aggravated animal cruelty. Earlier this week, the…

Top Nazi SS commander found living in Minnesota

A top commander of a Nazi SS unit has been secretly living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, The Associated Press revealed on Friday. According to records obtained by an AP Freedom of Information Act request, Michael Karkoc lied about his service in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense…

Maddow: Republicans are stuck in ‘downward facing dogma’

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow continued to chronicle the Republican Party’s inexorable slide to right in a segment called “Downward Facing Dogma.” She chided the GOP for its ongoing obsession with culture war issues and gravitation more and more toward fringe ideologies. First…

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