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Dav Pilkey’s ‘Captain Underpants’ was the most challenged book of 2013

As debate rages in Delaware over whether parents should be able to screen school reading lists for “obscene content”, the latest list of the books most frequently challenged in US libraries shows it is not only classics that are being challenged. Books from Fifty Shades of Grey to The Hunger…

Bryan Fischer tells poor people: ‘Kiss the ground’ beneath the richest 1 percent

Bryan Fischer, the director of Issues Analysis for the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA), said on Tuesday that people who used welfare and other government services needed to “kiss the ground” beneath the richest 1 percent of Americans. On his April 15 broadcast, Fischer opined that President Barack Obama was…

A ‘rampage of biblical proportion’: Auburn University cancels classes after threat

(Reuters) – Alabama’s Auburn University canceled classes on Wednesday after a message posted in a campus restroom that reportedly threatened a “rampage of biblical proportion.” Law enforcement officials had not substantiated the threat of violence on the campus, but the university suspended normal operations for the day in light of…

NYT examines rape case against Heisman winner, finds ‘virtually no investigation at all’

Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, threw the game-winning touchdown in January’s national championship game. But things might have gone differently if prosecutors had decided to charge him a month earlier in a rape case that remained a secret for nearly a year. Prosecutors said Dec. 5 they did…

Ohio man beat and threatened to castrate disabled brother to ‘push the gay out’

An Ohio man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Tuesday for beating his disabled brother and threatening to castrate him. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Lawrence L. Featheroff, 38, was allegedly trying to “push the gay out” of his brother through violence. Featheroff agreed to…

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million to push for gun control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative’s political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association,…

Alaska Republican wants more women breastfeeding because it’s ‘smart and sexy’

Two Republican lawmakers from Alaska apologized this week after a press release from the House Majority website called breastfeeding “smart and sexy.” “Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote Breastfeeding,” read the headline on Tuesday. In a statement obtained by The Huffington Post on Wednesday, Rep. Shelly Hughes (R),…

Oklahoma school district OKs ‘Bible curriculum’ created by Hobby Lobby president

According to the Religion News Service, the “Museum of the Bible Curriculum” created by Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green (pictured above) will be beta-tested in Oklahoma’s Mustang Public School district beginning in the Fall of 2014. Green hopes the program — which will be overseen by Jerry Pattengale, head of…

Cliven Bundy threatens violence against federal agents as Sean Hannity eggs him on

Sean Hannity suggested Tuesday night that federal authorities are plotting a sneak attack on Cliven Bundy’s ranch after they appeared to back away from a standoff. The recalcitrant rancher threatened violence against federal agents if they dared try to arrest him on the orders of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…

Bank of America reports $276 million loss on huge legal costs

Bank of America reported Wednesday a quarterly loss of $276 million due to $6 billion in legal expenses that included a huge settlement with the US on mortgage-backed securities. The bank had revenues of $22.8 billion, compared with earnings of $1.5 billion on revenues of $23.4 billion in the period…

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