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Florida police arrest state’s biggest alleged distributor of child pornography

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers arrested 51-year-old John Shearen of Leesberg, Florida on Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. According to Orlando’s WFTV Channel 9, police found Shearen to be in possession of between 500,000 and 1 million full-length pornographic films featuring minor children. Police…

Fox News tells striking workers to get two jobs and ‘expect to get paid the minimum wage’

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday suggested that fast food workers should stop striking for higher pay and get a second job because the minimum wage “was never meant to be a career wage.” On Thursday, hundreds of restaurant workers in New York City went on strike to…

NC health secretary on privatizing Medicare: Transparency is ‘pretty dangerous’

The Republican North Carolina Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) secretary this week told reporters asking for information about the state’s plan to privatize Medicaid that “transparency can get pretty dangerous.” “Already we’re not seeing transparency,” North Carolina Health News reporter Rose Hoban pointed out to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos…

Openly gay man banned from Catholic Church duties after marrying partner

An openly gay man in New York says that the Catholic Church banned him from teaching religious instruction and his duties as a Eucharistic minister because he legally married his partner of 10 years. Nicholas Coppola, 47, told WNBC that officials at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Oceanside knew…

Hayes: Fast food worker strike is akin to civil rights struggle

On Thursday night’s edition of the new MSNBC show, “All In,” host Chris Hayes saluted the striking fast food workers in New York City. More than 400 employees from 60 restaurants walked off the job in New York City Thursday, demanding better wages and the right to organize. The action…

Virginia man shoots girlfriend, her protective dog during argument

A Virginia man is in jail after he shot his girlfriend in the foot and her protective dog in the paw during a dispute on Easter Sunday. WTKR on Thursday reported that the woman’s Jack Russell terrier had tried to intervene in an argument between her and her two sons…

Nevada lawmaker gets death threats after revealing her abortion at sex ed talk

The life of a Latina assemblywoman in Nevada has been threatened after she used a story about her own personal abortion experience at age 16 to make a point about the importance of sex education. “I’m going to say something I’ve never said publicly before, because — Why not? I’ve…

Maddow: Senate GOP joins North Korea and Iran in opposition to UN arms treaty

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night criticized Republicans in the Senate for believing in a conspiracy theory about the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty. “It seems like Republicans and conservatives and people who voted for Mitt Romney are more susceptible than the rest of America to conspiracy theories, especially…

Mad Men creator dismisses Tagg Romney: Republicans should be thrilled

Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner dismissed concerns that his show unfairly attacked late Michigan governor George Romney. A character on the popular AMC series, who was working for New York City’s mayor John Lindsay, referred to Romney as a “clown.” The brief remark sparked outrage…

Anti-LGBT ‘researcher’: 20 percent of gay men ‘reported having had sex with an animal’

A self-titled researcher, who the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as an “anti-gay propagandist,” on Thursday revealed the findings of his latest study that he says proves the “long term goal of the homosexual movement is to get every little boy to grab his ankles.” Speaking to the National Press…

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