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NC’s latest Republican birther candidate says Arpaio is a ‘great American’

A Republican running for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District is continuing to insist that President Barack Obama is not an American citizen because he has examined the birth certificate of one of his staffers who was born in Hawaii. Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, Dr.…

Bullied LGBT Indiana teen expelled for bringing stun gun to school

An Indiana high school has expelled a bullied 17-year-old gay teen for brandishing a stun gun his mother had given to him for protection, according to the Indianapolis Star. Darnell “Dynasty” Young was ruthlessly bullied each day walking to and from school and work. After a recent altercation in which…

Romney mocks Obama’s ‘Julia’ pitch to female voters

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday chided President Barack Obama for using a cartoon character named “Julia” to explain how his policies benefit women and middle-class voters. “Liberals envision government guiding and providing every need of every citizen,” Romney said, reading from a teleprompter in Lansing, Michigan. “Government…

NC governor: Marriage amendment ‘about taking away rights’

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) on Tuesday insisted that voters should cast their ballots against the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment restricting marriage to “one man and one woman” because it was “about taking away rights.” While Perdue continues to be against marriage rights for North Carolina’s LGBT population, the…

Hugh Hefner: ‘If we’re not free in our own bedrooms then we’re not free at all’

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner continued his recent castigation of Republicans Monday evening and defended himself from critics who say he has exploited women throughout the years. “I’m on the right side of the sexual revolution too,” Hefner told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur in an interview. “I know what the world…

Republican Senate candidate in ND can’t name minimum wage

A Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota and his staff found themselves stumped recently by a voter who wanted to know the state’s minimum wage. A video of the exchange between Rep. Nick Berg (R-ND) and a young woman was posted by the North Dakota Democratic Party on Monday. “I…

Romney: ‘I’ll take a lot of credit’ for saving the auto industry

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday gave himself kudos for the U.S. auto industry’s recovery because he had called to let car companies go bankrupt. “I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy,” the candidate told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “And finally, when that was done, and help was given,…

Rep. Paul Ryan: Ayn Rand’s philosophy ‘completely antithetical to mine’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a town hall event on Friday denied his worldview had been influenced by the libertarian writer Ayn Rand, who advocated the “virtue of selfishness” and called Christianity the “the best kindergarten of communism possible.” In video obtained by Think Progress, one of…

Reuters journalist Rob Cox: Shareholders could help reverse Citizens United

Reuters’ Rob Cox explained Monday on MSNBC how two major U.S. companies could help offset the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Bank of America and 3M will be giving their shareholder the chance to vote on a referendum on Tuesday and Wednesday that would prohibit the use of corporate…

Feingold: Justice Kennedy probably ‘embarrassed’ by ‘sloppy’ Citizens United decision

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) on Monday speculated that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was embarrassed by the “almost lawless decision” in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. “This is a guy who is usually a careful justice,” he told Sam Seder of the Majority Report. “He just started making…

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