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Rep. Speier holds up vodka and steak on House floor to shame food stamp opponents

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday held up steak, vodka and caviar during her House floor speech in an effort to shame Republicans who want to slash $40 billion from the food stamp budget, while they continue to go on “lavish” trips financed by taxpayers and other groups. Earlier this…

GOP rep.: Slashing food stamps by $40 billion means ‘more money’ for the hungry

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MA) on Thursday asserted that cutting $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years would actually provide “more money” to hungry Americans. A bill introduced by House Republicans this month almost doubled the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed earlier…

House Republican leadership aide: ‘Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz’

An aide to a House Republican leaders on Wednesday said that Democratic Texas state Sen. “Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz” (R-TX) because the Republican senator refused to filibuster a bill to defund President Barack Obama’s health care reform law after he spent all summer insisting he would…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how gravity affects the flow of time

On Wednesday’s edition of his popular “Star Talk” radio show, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how gravity affects the flow of time and how time passes on different planets with different gravitational fields. A listener wrote in to “Star Talk” to ask if it’s the same time everywhere in the…

Female anchor confronts Ron Paul over plan for women to quit work en masse and home school

BBC anchor Katty Kay on Thursday asked former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) if his libertarian plan to have 20 percent of children home schooled made sense because so many women would have to drop out of the work force, but the former congressman insisted that even a woman living at…

Pennsylvania lawmaker: Gay conversion therapy ‘about punishment,’ not treatment

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) announced on Wednesday that he had joined with state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D) to introduce a bill to ban LGBT “reparative therapy” because the practice was science fiction and was more “about punishment” than treatment. At a press conference at the Attic Youth Center…

Former Navy chaplain: Obamacare ‘killed this poor lady’ because it ’causes cancer’

A disgraced former Navy chaplain said on Wednesday that he opposed President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because it actually “causes cancer.” “Here’s my thesis: Obamacare causes cancer,” Chaplain Gordon James “Chaps” Klingenschmitt told the viewers of his Pray in Jesus Name Internet show. “Whenever you remove Obamacare and…

Texas parents want history book banned over Second Amendment ‘militia’ definition

Parents in one Texas school district are demanding that one commonly-used history book be banned because they say that the mention of the word “militia” in a sentence about the “Second Amendment” is indoctrinating children to believe they don’t have a right to own firearms. Guyer High School junior Brie…

Creationist: Nye wrong about moonlight because Beethoven said so

Creationist Ray Comfort says Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is wrong about the moon because Beethoven wrote a song about it. Nye was famously booed while giving a 2006 talk in Waco, Texas, where he pointed out the moon merely reflected light from the sun ad did not produce its…

Tucker Carlson calls to ‘increase the stigma’ on mental illness after Navy Yard shootings

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday suggested that the proper response to Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was to “increase the stigma” around “certain forms” of mental illness. Police reports obtained from the Newport Police Department in Rhode Island indicated that gunman Aaron Alexis had told authorities…

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