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Atheist Arizona lawmaker quotes Carl Sagan for House opening prayer

An atheist state lawmaker in Arizona invoked astronomer Carl Sagan on Tuesday when he was tasked with giving the opening prayer for the state House of Representatives. Democratic state Representative Juan Mendez began by asking members not to bow their heads, explaining that he had a “secular humanist tradition,” according…

Nonviolent activist tasered at DOJ while protesting for Wall Street prosecutions

A woman who became an activist after JPMorgan Chase foreclosed on her home in 2011 was shocked with a Taser and arrested while protesting outside the Department of Justice on Tuesday. In video obtained by Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, large men with assault rifles can be seen surrounding Carmen Pittman…

Rand Paul demands Congress ‘apologize’ to Apple for tax avoidance hearing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday lashed out at fellow members of Congress for looking into how technology giant Apple is able to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on Monday detailing how Apple had used a network of offshore…

Bachmann: God will ‘answer our prayers’ and repeal Obamacare with a ‘miracle’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is telling her constituents that God will “answer our prayers” and create a “miracle before our eyes” to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. In a Tuesday interview with evangelical radio host James Dobson, Bachmann noted that the House of Representatives had recently voted…

Sen. Inhofe: Aid for Oklahoma ‘totally different’ from Sandy relief requests

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) seemed to contradict his colleague Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) stance on Tuesday on federal assistance for victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, suggesting that there will be help coming. But he also differentiated that need from his opposition to aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “That…

Christie denies Sandy link to climate change: It’s ‘liberal public radio’ agenda

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday blasted local public radio in New York and New Jersey for linking climate change to Hurricane Sandy as part of what he said was a liberal “agenda.” A WNYC/New Jersey Public Radio report released earlier this month found that New Jersey Transit…

Karl Rove: Prosecute ‘people who break their oath’ by leaking secrets

Fox News on Monday asked former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove, who participated in leaking the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003, to comment on the Obama administration’s decision to investigate Fox News reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in leaking CIA documents. The Washington Post…

Gohmert: IRS ‘would have shot the Boston Tea Party’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Friday declared that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would have murdered the participants of the original 1773 Boston Tea Party and and would have “killed off” half of the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. In a 30-minute floor speech to express his…

Alex Jones: Democrats stole election, want to ‘legalize the 30 million illegals’

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones rang some familiar Republican talking points in a phone interview with Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt, accusing Democrats of widespread voter fraud and speaking of immigration reform in fearful terms. “They stole the election. That’s what I’m worried about, Larry,” Jones told Pratt. “There’s…

Iowa Senate Republican staffer fired after reporting sexual harassment

A female former staffer for the Iowa state Senate Republicans says she was fired only hours after she reported sexual harassment by male lawmakers. In an interview on Sunday, Kirsten Anderson told WHO-TV that she had worked as the communications director for the state Senate Republican Caucus until Friday when…

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