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Friday, May 24, 2013

Court to hear case on whether Obamacare violates religious liberties (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leave a White House press briefing last year after the president announced the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control.The legal challenges…


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From the 'Only in Teabillystan Files': Texas passes bill to train teachers as armed ‘school marshals’

Texas passes bill to train teachers as armed ‘school marshals’ (via Raw Story )

The Texas Legislature on Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) desk that could mean some teachers will be trained as marshals and sent into classrooms with guns. State Rep. Jason Villalba (R) told KRIV that the bill was created in response to last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary…


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America: What's more harmful, pot use or incarceration?

America: What's more harmful, pot use or incarceration? (via GlobalPost)

American lives derailed by laws against cannabis possession. Harmandeep Singh Boparai NEW YORK — Danielle Bradford was raised in state custody because of her parent’s abuse and drug dependencies. When she was 18 she moved out, found work at a local waffle shop and got her first apartment in Nashville…


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Republican Arizona Rep., and full-fledged moron, claims anti-choice movement ‘arrested Nazi holocaust’

Republican Arizona Rep. claims anti-choice movement ‘arrested Nazi holocaust’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) held a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on Thuesday to consider a bill that would institute a 20-week abortion ban in Washington, D.C., just days after a federal appeals court declared that a similar law in Arizona is unconstitutional…


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US Senate approves first India-born senior judge

US Senate approves first India-born senior judge (via AFP)

The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Srikanth Srinivasan as the most senior US judge of South Asian descent, amid speculation that he may one day be tapped for the Supreme Court. Srinivasan, who was born in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh and raised in Kansas, will serve on the US Court…


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Psychotic Sack of Shit Louis Gohmert: Force women to give birth to fetuses with ‘no brain activity’

Gohmert: Force women to give birth to fetuses with ‘no brain activity’ (via Raw Story )

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R) on Thursday told a woman that she wrong to have an abortion after it was discovered late during her pregnancy that her fetus had no brain function. At a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing to push for a 20-week abortion ban,…


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Elon Musk: Taxpayers made over $12 million profit on Tesla Motors loan

Elon Musk: Taxpayers made over $12 million profit on Tesla Motors loan (via Raw Story )

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said Thursday that U.S. taxpayers made a substantial profit from a government loan provided to the all-electric carmaker. “It really feels good to have repaid the U.S. taxpayer,” he told Bloomberg WEST. “That’s really what’s important here, and we didn’t just…


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A Big Step Towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A Big Step Towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform (via PBS News Hour)

GWEN IFILL: And now to the first in a series of conversations about a key issue making its way through Congress. We're calling it “Inside Immigration Reform.” The Senate Judiciary Committee took a big step last night toward providing a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants…


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Utter dipshit Louis Gohmert's IRS speech veers into rant about owls mating ‘like crazy’ on Kmart signs

Gohmert IRS speech veers into rant about owls mating ‘like crazy’ on Kmart signs (via Raw Story )

During a Thursday House floor speech about the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) practice of scrutinizing conservative groups, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) connected the so-called scandal to the idea that owls could mate on Kmart signs. As he was going through a list of tea party groups that were targeted…


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Questions Obama dodged in terror speech

Questions Obama dodged in terror speech (via AFP)

US President Barack Obama set out Thursday to redefine the US fight against global terrorism. But despite calling for a more targeted and not "boundless" theater of global operations, Obama left the specifics and timelines for action, by which his success or failure can be measured, out of his big…


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Boy Scouts to allow gay members but ban on gay and atheist leaders continues

Boy Scouts to allow gay members but ban on gay and atheist leaders continues (via Raw Story )

The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to allow openly gay members, but openly gay leaders and atheists will continue to be prohibited. More than 60 percent of the 1,400 delegates of the Boy Scouts’ National Council voted to repeal the long-standing prohibition on openly gay members. LGBT advocates…


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Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West (via Climate Central)

By Daniel Yawitz Follow @dyawitz When it comes to this year’s drought, it seems like good news never arrives without bad news to match. Even as drought receded from the Upper Midwest this week, conditions deepened and intensified all across the Southwest. Optimism that may emerge for crops in the…


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Texas Gov. Rick Perry ‘greatly disappointed’ by vote to admit openly gay Boy Scouts

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ‘greatly disappointed’ by vote to admit openly gay Boy Scouts (via Raw Story )

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday afternoon said he was sad to learn that the Boy Scouts of American voted to allow openly gay members. “The Boys Scouts of America has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years and today’s decision contradicts generations of tradition…


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The Cost of Safety: Examining Economics Behind Bangladeshi Factory Conditions

The Cost of Safety: Examining Economics Behind Bangladeshi Factory Conditions (via PBS News Hour)

GWEN IFILL: The collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last month has raised questions about what responsibility international companies have to victims and their families. Those companies include Walmart and The gap in the U.S. and Primark and Premier in the U.K. Laura Kuenssberg of Independent…


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Republican, and knobhead look alike, congressman fined $500 over sexual misconduct

Republican congressman fined $500 over sexual misconduct (via Raw Story )

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) was fined on Thursday in connection to inappropriate sexual affairs with his patients. Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners hit the pro-life Republican and doctor with a $500 fine and reprimand. The medical ethics board held DesJarlais violated Tennessee law by having affairs…


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Colbert: If atheists can go to heaven, I want my Catholicism refunded

Colbert: If atheists can go to heaven, I want my Catholicism refunded (via Raw Story )

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert marveled at the announcement by Pope Francis that there are good atheists who are loved by God. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’…


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Kansas lawmaker opposes ‘encouraging the behavior of purchasing food’ with lower food taxes

Kansas lawmaker opposes ‘encouraging the behavior of purchasing food’ with lower food taxes (via Raw Story )

A Republican state lawmaker in Kansas says that he opposes cutting the taxes on groceries because it would be a form of “social engineering” that encourages people to buy food over other items. The Kansas state Senate on Thursday voted to cut the state sales tax on food from 6.3 percent to 4.95…


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2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA (via Climate Central)

By Michael D. Lemonick Follow @MLemonick The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2013 hurricane season, which begins on June 1, is likely to be somewhere between active and extremely active, with between 13 and 20 named storms – those with sustained winds above 39 m.…


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Mentally deranged circus clown Glenn Beck: ‘Forces of spiritual darkness’ at CNN plotted Blitzer’s atheist gaffe

Beck: ‘Forces of spiritual darkness’ at CNN plotted Blitzer’s atheist gaffe (via Raw Story )

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck says that “forces of spiritual darkness” at CNN arranged to have Wolf Blitzer ask a atheist tornado survivor if she thanked the Lord as a plot to promote atheism. At the conclusion of his Tuesday interview with Rebecca Vitsmun, Blitzer told the woman who lost…


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Obama seeks to redefine the US war on terror

Obama seeks to redefine the US war on terror (via AFP)

President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for drone strikes and launched a fresh bid to close Guantanamo, warning that a "perpetual" US war on terror would be self-defeating. Obama told Americans their country was at a crossroads, and must move on from the counterterrorism policies deployed after…


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Ted Cruz (R-Fucktardville): There may be more wacko birds in the Senate than suspected

Ted Cruz: There may be more wacko birds in the Senate than suspected (via Raw Story )

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed his fellow colleague John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday for attempting to return to regular order in the Senate. “I will note my friend from Arizona questioned the knowledge of those who are objecting, and he suggested that perhaps our knowledge is lacking,” Cruz said…


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Line Between Social Welfare, Politics Plays Into Confusion on Tax-Exemption Law

Line Between Social Welfare, Politics Plays Into Confusion on Tax-Exemption Law (via PBS News Hour)

JUDY WOODRUFF: We turn to fireworks on Capitol Hill today during the continuing probe into how the IRS scrutinized conservative groups asking for tax-exempt status. Jeffrey Brown has our story. LOIS LERNER, Director, IRS Exempt Organizations Unit: I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any…


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Jon Stewart rips Obama for aggressive investigation of whistle-blowers instead of bankers

Jon Stewart rips Obama for aggressive investigation of whistle-blowers instead of bankers (via Raw Story )

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart blasted the Obama administration for aggressively investigating whistle-blowers who talked to the press. He noted that while federal prosecutors had come down hard on hackers and “potheads,” the Obama administration tip-toed around potentially…


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China, US to try new tone in desert outing

China, US to try new tone in desert outing (via AFP)

China and the United States are hoping for a new chance to set the course for smoother relations through a secluded desert summit as the Asian power's leader Xi Jinping projects a more confident style. Xi and Barack Obama will meet June 7-8 at the tony Sunnylands resort in Rancho Mirage, California…


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Code Pink activist kicked out for repeatedly heckling Obama during Gitmo speech

Code Pink activist kicked out for repeatedly heckling Obama during Gitmo speech (via Raw Story )

A protester from the group Code Pink repeatedly interrupted President Barack Obama on Thursday as he gave a speech on the U.S. policy on the use of drones and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. More than 30 minutes into the president’s speech in Washington, a woman who was thought to be Medea…


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