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Top Obama aide takes the axe to his trademark mustache for charity

David Axelrod is a new man. Or, at least a slightly less hairy one. In the wake of President Barack Obama’s decisive electoral win over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), the president’s top political adviser didn’t have to shave off his hair lip. He did, after all, win his…

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson complains: Courts listen to non-religious minorities

Amid a segment on The O’Reilly Factor about the so-called “war on Christmas,” Fox News co-host Gretchen Carlson suggested Thursday night that the problem was caused because courts were willing to listen to complaints from religious minority groups. She explained that courts ordered religious displays at public buildings to be…

Michigan lawmaker slams Republicans in emotional labor rights speech

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday blasted Republicans for pushing “right to work” legislation through the state legislature. The bill would prohibit unionized workplaces from requiring workers to contribute money to the union. The Michigan AFL-CIO has dubbed the legislation the “Freedom to Freeload bill” because it allows…

Prime Minister Gillard: End of the world is coming, good luck

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard weighed into the debate about whether the world will end on December 21 under the Mayan calendar in a spoof video about Korean pop and flesh-eating zombies. In a one-minute video address recorded for the youth radio station Triple J, a sombre-looking Gillard said the…

Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill. However, McConnell’s plan backfired after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for a vote on the legislation, which would…

Florida woman with sexual arousal disorder commits suicide

A Florida woman who told her story of shame and struggle to a reporter last week committed suicide a day after her video was published. In the haunting footage, 39-year-old Gretchen Molannen explained that for 16 years she’s been unable to control her level of sexual arousal, leading to extreme…

Woman reporter’s account of Pearl Harbor attack finally published 71 years later

For 71 years, Betty McIntosh’s first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor went unpublished in the archives of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. According to the Washington Post‘s “The Fold” blog, McIntosh’s editor assigned the young reporter to bring in a “women’s perspective” on the December 7, 1941 attack, but then…

Rape victim: Ecstasy treatment helped me re-integrate trauma

A woman who was abused and raped at age 4 told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that undergoing experimental ecstasy-assisted therapy sessions helped her cope with the long-lasting trauma. Rachel Hope had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since childhood. She received ecstasy — also known as MDMA — amid a scientific…

Tommy Chong optimistic Obama administration will allow legal pot

Stoner icon Tommy Chong said Wednesday that he believed others states would follow the example of Colorado and Washington by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. During an appearance on The Young Turks, Chong was optimistic that industrial hemp would soon be legalized and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would…

Rep. Louie Gohmert defends use of the word ‘lunatic’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday defended his vote against removing the term “lunatic” from all federal laws by insisting the word could be applied to Congress. Gohmert was the only lawmaker to vote against the bill, which was aimed at reducing the stigmatization of mental health conditions. “The last…

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