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Media group: House GOP trying to ‘keep the public in the dark’

House Republicans are trying to “keep the public in the dark” by blocking a new rule that requires broadcasters to post political ad data online, according to the media reform group Free Press. The Federal Communications Commission adopted a measure in April that requires broadcasters to provide information about political…

Anti-abortion group debunks own deceptively edited ‘gendercide’ video

The anti-abortion group Live Action released its third installment in a series of sting videos released Wednesday designed to bolster support for a federal sex-selective abortion ban, or the Prenatal Non-Discrimation Act. But Live Action’s own full, unedited videos, reveal just how difficult such laws might be to enforce. The…

14-year-old conservative host says Obama is ‘making kids gay’

A 14-year-old conservative radio host from West Virginia recently claimed that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were “making kids gay” by supporting LGBT rights. During the May 26 broadcast of his program, Caiden Cowger said it was “sickening” to see other kids subscribe to the “belief” that…

Chicago cops Taser 8-months-pregnant woman during parking dispute

Police in Chicago on Tuesday used a Taser on a women who is eight months pregnant over a dispute that occurred after she parked in a handicapped space. Tiffany Rent pulled into the handicapped space at a Walgreens because she was trying to console her young daughter, Rent’s sister, Sharita…

Top music lobbyist urges corporations to voluntarily censor the Internet

In prepared remarks delivered to Congress (PDF) on Wednesday, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO Cary Sherman said that the movie and music industries are working behind the scenes to encourage major Internet companies to voluntarily censor the Internet in an effort to better protect intellectual property rights. Sherman’s…

Science fiction legend Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, whose dystopian works served as cautionary tales about perilous futures and reflected the anxieties of post-war America, has died at the age of 91. Bradbury’s publisher HarperCollins confirmed his death on Tuesday in Los Angeles after an unspecified “lengthy illness,” as tributes poured in from…

Florida man arrested for trying to ‘eat’ police officer

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has tried to assure Americans that the country is not facing a threat from zombies, but this was probably little comfort for the North Miami Beach police officer who a homeless man threatened to “eat” over the weekend. Arrest reports obtained by NBC Miami…

Bradley Manning seeks dismissal of 10 charges in Wikileaks case

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning appeared at a military court outside Washington Wednesday for a pretrial hearing at which his lawyers were seeking dismissal of 10 of the 22 counts against him. A frail-looking Manning was seated between two members of his defense team as the hearing got underway after an…

Colorado mom takes toddler out of baby seat and straps in gas can

A police officer in Aurora, Colorado was shocked last week to find a toddler sitting unbuckled in the back of his mother’s car — and a gas can strapped in to the safety seat where the child should have been. On Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation posted a photo…

Cincinnati school hires gay teacher, then fires him for being gay

Cincinnati musician and music teacher Jonathan Zeng was thrilled when he was offered a job at Cincinnati Hills, a K-8 non-denominational Christian school. According to the blog Towleroad, however, Zeng was decidedly less thrilled when school officials called him back for a second interview on the same day, asked if…

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