Listen to this Fox News bobblehead, a person who was definitely not hired for her journalism ability, rag on this minimum wage worker. I'd love to see these wingnuts talk like this in front of Pope Francis. Wouldn't that be fun?
A new report in The Washington Post suggests that the National Security Agency (NSA) tracks roughly 5 billion mobile phones every day, a number that will do nothing to quiet the current fervor over the intelligence agency’s information-gathering practices…
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. discusses the unfinished work of Congress and the struggle for Republican and Democratic budget negotiators to reach a compromise, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday. She is joined…
Remember this the next time you see a congress critter who "supports the troops" being feted by defense contractors, while the underpaid troops who have to use food stamps live in such hazardous conditions -- with their families:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A long-awaited study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a link between tainted tap water at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.
The study released late Thursday by the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry is based on a small sample size and cannot prove exposure to the chemicals caused individual illnesses. It surveyed the parents of 12,598 children born at Camp Lejeune between 1968 and 1985, the year most contaminated drinking water wells were closed.
The study looked back in time and was designed to see if there was a link between exposure to certain chemicals and certain health problems that developed later. This type of study is often used to investigate disease outbreaks, when health officials are trying to identify possible reasons for the illnesses.
The study concludes that babies born to mothers who drank the tap water while pregnant were four times more likely than women in similar circumstances who did not consume the water to have such serious birth defects as spina bifida. Babies whose mothers were exposed also had a slightly elevated risk of such childhood cancers as leukemia, according to the results.
During an appearance on Fox News Thursday night, Former Senator, and failed Republican presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum discussed the death of Nelson Mandela, saying the former South African president fought "great injustice" just like Republicans who are battling Obamacare.
"Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that. That's the reason he's mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed," Santorum said. "But you're right, I mean, what he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people's lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that."
Not to be outdone by the crazy shit Santorum says, Bill O'Reilly claimed Mandela "was a great man, but he was a communist."
"I would never attack Nelson Mandela," O'Reilly said next.
Mandela was South Africa’s first black president and fought apartheid rule. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.
Mario Piperni: Don't call it a do-nothing Congress -- they expanded a parking lot in South Dakota!
The Reaction: Trust Rick Santorum to come up with the stupidest comment yet on the death of Mandela.
Ehrensteinland: In California, scandalously late, there's finally some justice for clerical molesters.
Booman Tribune: There's a problem with Republicans' plan to avoid more Akin/Mourdock-style rape gaffes -- those weren't gaffes.
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Formed in Cambridge in the late '60s, Henry Cow performed a blend of progressive, humorous, and avant-garde music that has always put them ahead of their time. This particular tune is actually a cover, but I feel that it more than does justice to the original. Matching Mole, another English art rock group, wrote the tune and released it on the second of their two records. However, this live version by Henry Cow showcases the virtuosic abilities of the band members as well as the energy that they brought to their live performances.
President Barack Obama has thrown the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit.
As he and his family flipped the switch to light the National Christmas Tree Thursday night, President Barack Obama said he hopes the tree lasts longer than its predecessor, which died after just a year.
"Our tree has been having a hard time recently. This is our third one in as many years," Obama said, noting that a tree that stood near the White House for more than three decades was lost in a storm early last year. Its replacement didn't take hold.
"It just goes to show, nobody's job is safe here in Washington," Obama joked.
One month after winning re-election, Obama said he is optimistic about the latest tree, a 28-foot blue spruce that was transplanted just days before Hurricane Sandy and made it through the storm seemingly unharmed.
As soon as the tree burst into color, singing diva Aretha Franklin took to the stage for a spirited version of "Joy to the World."
The first lady read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," taking turns with a Sesame Street Muppet named Abby.
The National Christmas Tree ablaze with white lights and stars, Obama joined the singers on stage in a singalong version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" before heading home, a short motorcade ride away.
"War on Christmas," indeed.
With wire reports