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Putin Celebrated His Birthday Exactly How You'd Expect

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 4:32 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is living his best birthday life. He celebrated on Wednesday true to form with

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Megyn Kelly Says She'd Have Donald Trump Back On Her Show

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 3:50 AM

Megyn Kelly is tired of talking about Donald Trump.

The news pundit told PBS' Charlie Rose on Wednesday night that Fox News didn't want "any sort of war" with the GOP frontrunner.

"We don't think that benefited the channel, we didn't think it benefited me, and we don't think it benefited Donald Trump," she said. "And I think Donald Trump would say that now."

Kelly said she is ready to "forge forward and try to put it behind us, not throw any more fuel on that fire." She's also willing to have Trump back on her show, "The Kelly File."

The drama between Fox and Trump began during the first Republican debate when Kelly asked Trump about the many negative comments he's made about women. Trump later blasted her performance and accused Kelly of having her period. For that he was criticized by everyone from fellow 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton to conservative pundit Erick Erickson. 

After Fox News cancelled a planned appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" over the real estate mogul's "stale and tiresome" attacks, Trump threatened to boycott the network. The hiatus only lasted five days, but the feud persisted. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes announced last month that he would be sitting down with Trump to discuss their differences, but the meeting ended up being cancelled. 

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The 2016 Candidates Are Basically Just Trolling Each Other At This Point

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 3:15 AM

The 2016 race has been referred to as "a joke," a "clown car" and "an elaborate prank." Recently, some of the candidates are taking these insults quite literally by sending each other gag gifts.

On Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that...

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Trey Gowdy Is Still Really Upset With Kevin McCarthy

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:13 AM

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's controversial comments about Hillary Clinton may have cost him a friendship -- fellow congressman and Benghazi committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) 

Gowdy told the Washington Post that McCarthy (R-Calif.) called him the morning after he implied to Fox News...

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Trevor Noah Points Out Huge Republican Hypocrisy

(10) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 4:05 AM

There's a classic liberal saying: Republicans' interest in life begins at conception and ends at birth. 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah pointed out on Monday that there might be some truth to that aphorism.

Noah criticized Republicans like presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and House Speaker hopeful Rep. Jason Chaffetz for using videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood employees selling tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research to push the government to defund the nonprofit organization. The videos turned out to be doctored, but that hasn't stopped anti-abortion advocates from hawking them.

Noah then wondered why politicians who call themselves pro-life don't focus their efforts on another potentially lifesaving measure: gun control. Unlike the Planned Parenthood videos, there is hard evidence that guns are deadly. 

"Imagine if we could bring some of that pro-life passion into being more, well, pro-life," he said. "But right now, they're more like comic book collectors. Human life only matters until you take it out of the package, and then it's worth nothing."

(h/t Mediaite)


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John Oliver: Calling American Mental Healthcare A Clusterf*** 'Is An Insult To Clusterf***s'

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John Oliver: Calling American Mental Healthcare A Clusterf*** 'Is An Insult To Clusterf***s'

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:17 AM

Whenever a shooting becomes national news, certain politicians will inevitably bring up mental healthcare.

But as John Oliver pointed out on Sunday's episode of 'Last Week Tonight', this can be a dangerous and misleading mentality.

"The aftermath of a mass shooting might actually be the worst time to talk about mental health," he said. "The vast majority of mentally ill people are nonviolent and the vast majority of gun violence is committed by non-mentally ill people. In fact, mentally ill people are far likelier to be the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators."

Oliver said that mental illness deserves to be part of the national conversation, though, because our mental healthcare system is need of major reforms. 

"It is a clusterfuck, except that's an insult to clusterfucks," he said. 


Trevor Noah Points Out Huge Republican Hypocrisy

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Netanyahu Glares At UN Members For 45 Seconds To Protest Iran Deal

(8) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:59 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave U.N. leaders the silent treatment during his speech on Thursday to protest...

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Kevin McCarthy Does Damage Control On Benghazi Comments

(14) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:50 AM

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the House's investigation of the 2011 Benghazi attack wasn't meant to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential chances -- and he didn't mean to suggest otherwise. 

"This committee was...

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Pope Calls For End To Death Penalty In Speech To Congress

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea Thursday for the U.S. to abolish the death penalty in his address...

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Ben Carson Walks Back Anti-Muslim Comments With More Anti-Muslim Comments

(23) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:46 AM

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson continued to explain controversial comments he made about Muslims by making more inflammatory comments about Muslims.

Carson received a barrage of backlash after telling "Meet the Press" on Sunday that...

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Newark Schools Still Struggling Despite Facebook Donation

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:30 AM


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show five years ago this week to announce a $100 million donation to remake education in Newark, it was presented as an effort to make a struggling city a national model for turning...

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Kim Davis Denied Her Own Gay Friends A Marriage License

(11) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:13 AM

The Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses remained defiant in her...

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Don Lemon Shuts Down Trump Supporter's Obama Claims With One Simple Question

(12) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 2:58 AM

CNN's Don Lemon took down a Trump supporter's comments that President Barack Obama is a Muslim...

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Japanese Lawmakers Brawl As Contentious Military Bill Advances

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 4:09 AM

Japan's ruling party pushed forward bills allowing the military to fight overseas for the first time since World War II, Reuters reported.

The move had been highly contested, with both opposition leaders and protesters rallying against the legislation. In the days leading up to the legislative committee vote, thousands...

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Virginia TV Shooting Survivor Vicki Gardner Speaks Out

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:06 AM

The woman who survived the fatal on-air shooting of two Virginia journalists last month played dead in order to stay alive. 

Vicki Gardner was being interviewed by WDBJ reporter Alison Parker when...

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Hungary Ramps Up Crackdown On Refugees

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 5:48 AM

Hungary continued its pushback against the influx of refugees entering its borders on Monday.

After detaining a record 5,809 people on Sunday, Hungarian police detained an additional 3,280 on Monday morning. The arrests came as the country prepared to put harsh new immigration rules into effect.

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Ferguson Commission Calls For Broad Reforms To Address Racial Inequality

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:20 AM

 A 16-person commission tasked with examining racial inequality in the St. Louis area in the wake of Michael Brown's death found sweeping examples of institutionalized racism, according to a report released on Monday.

"We have not moved beyond race," the report, titled 'Forward Through Ferguson: A...

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Police Throw Food At Refugees In Unsettling Video Of Hungary Camp

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:26 AM

As Hungary ramps up efforts to keep out refugees by building a fence and deploying...

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Saudi Diplomat Accused Of Raping, Abusing Maids

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 3:54 AM

A Saudi Arabian diplomat living in India is being accused of sexually assaulting and torturing two maids.  

"The last four months were a curse for us. It was so ugly," one of the women told the Indian Express. "We thought we were going...

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EU Announces New Refugee Quotas

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 3:42 AM

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a plan for sweeping new provisions on Wednesday to deal with Europe's refugee crisis, including new quotas for member states.

"It is high time to address this refugee crisis. There is no alternative," Juncker said in an impassioned address to European Parliament. "Asylum is a right."

The quotas will be based on a number of factors, including each country's population and GDP. In total, 22 of the 28 states will take in 120,000 more people, on top of the 40,000 that had already been proposed. The AP breaks down how many people each country will take in.

His proposal requires approval from a majority of the EU countries. 

Juncker then called on countries to pitch in financially and to act swiftly.


"Winter is coming," he said. "Do we really want people sleeping in train stations?" 


He also spoke harshly of those nations that shut out refugees. 

"Pushing boats from piers, setting fire to refugee camps or turning a blind eye to poor and helpless people -- that is not Europe," Juncker said. "The Europe I want to live in is illustrated by those who are helping. The Europe that I don't want to live in is one that is refusing those who are in need."

Juncker stressed the need to reform Europe's legal migration process, opening doors for economic migrants who are seeking a better life. He also urged the United Nations to help tackle the growing violence in Syria and Libya.

"We need a stronger Europe when it comes to foreign policy," he said.

His speech was met with vibrant applause, though there is likely to be some push-back, especially from Eastern Europe.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka criticized the new provisions, saying in a statement that "I am convinced that Europe does not need new plans how to solve the migration crisis."

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz made similar comments last week.

"Solutions not taking into account the given country's abilities may prove completely counterproductive. That is why we are against any automatic quotas, but we are willing to discuss the scale of our engagement on voluntary terms," she said.

Hungarian Prime Minister has also called the plan "mad."


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