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Mississippi gov.: America is ‘so mediocre’ because ‘mom is in the workplace’

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Tuesday asserted that America had become “so mediocre” after women started leaving the home to earn a living. At a Washington Post Live event on child literacy, the host asked Bryant, “How did America get to be so mediocre?” “I’m going to get in…

Glenn Beck defends tea party in bizarre ‘self-interview’

Donning a Boston Bruins hat and grey sweater in an effort to portray himself as a “hippie 1960s loser,” conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck conducted a self-interview on Monday, while also playing an Internal Revenue Service agent named “Ralph.” “Seriously, have you seen what those crazy tea party people are saying,”…

Chambliss blames military rapes on ‘the hormone level created by nature’

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Tuesday suggested that the “hormone level created by nature” was to blame for rapes in the military and that all pregnant servicewomen should be investigated to make sure their condition was the result of consensual sex. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual…

Recall petition for Colorado gun-safety Democrat gets twice the signatures it needed

Pro-gun activists in Colorado have turned in twice the number of signatures necessary to trigger a recall vote for Democratic state Senate President John Morse. According to the Associated Press, Morse has angered the gun rights community by advocating some of the strictest gun laws in the country. “This shot…

Pennsylvania school crossing guard agrees to stop carrying pistol at work

A school crossing guard in Pennsylvania said this week that he would stop carrying a pistol on the job because he didn’t want to be perceived as a “monster.” Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, 52-year-old Scott Becker has taken it upon himself to bring his…

Carrboro mayor among 150 arrested protesting North Carolina legislature

Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton was one of 151 people arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building on Monday to protest what they said was an overreach by the Republican-controlled state government. For weeks, protesters have been participating in civil disobedience as part of “Moral Mondays.” North Carolina NAACP president Rev.…

Maddow: Get ready for ‘long, hot, stupid summer’ with Republicans in Congress

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the “long, hot, stupid summer” we can look forward to on Capitol Hill. With the IRS legally unable to defend itself and subpoena powers in the hands of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the White House and Democrats…

Two white Texas officers fired for beating black woman over $150 fine

Two police officers in Texas have been fired after they were caught on video beating a woman who was being arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket. In an interview with KBMT last week, 25-year-old Keyarika “Shea” Diggles said that Jasper Officer Ricky Grissom was polite at first, allowing her to…

Ted Cruz pushes for flat tax but wants to abolish the IRS

Monday on Fox News Channel, Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX) said that the U.S. should abolish the Internal Revenue Service and charge everyone in the country a “flat tax.” “We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our…

Glenn Beck: My listeners are ‘civil rights leaders’ who will ‘save the nation’

Fashioning himself as a kind of new wave civil rights prophet on Monday, conspiracy talk show host Glenn Beck predicted that his “long term” listeners would rise up and become “civil rights leaders” themselves before going on to “save the nation” from an unspecified threat. “Things are going to get…

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