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  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Rise of Anilingus (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    30 January 2015, 6:16 pm by: Kali Holloway, AlterNet

    We’re entering an age of more sexual openness with regards to butts. With anilingus currently in so many editorial spreads and on the tip of so many tongues, it bears noting that Mozart wrote a song about eating ass. Titled “Leck mich im Arsch,”…
  • “They Can Do Whatever the F*** They Want”: Inside the FBI’s Disturbing Quest For Domestic…

    30 January 2015, 4:49 pm by: Lindsay Abrams, Salon

    The case of Eric McDavid has broader implications of how the feds go after suspected terrorists. In 2007, then 26-year-old Eric McDavid was sentenced to over 19 years in prison on charges of conspiring to commit environmental terrorism. Nine years into his…
  • The Truth About Union Organizing: It's Much Better Than You Think

    30 January 2015, 2:59 pm by: Paul Booth, The American Prospect

    The labor movement has been growing while shrinking. Growing through organizing. The union movement is 3.5 million members smaller than 40 years ago, and the forces that brought that about are as energetically engaged and powerful as they have ever…
  • Loretta Lynch Schooled the Wing Nuts: How the Right Failed to Wound Obama's AG Nominee

    30 January 2015, 1:54 pm by: Heather Digby Parton, Salon

    But, really nice try guys! By all accounts Loretta Lynch, president Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, was very impressive in the first day of hearings. In fact, she was so impressive that even the right-wing bloggers at…
  • A Bunch of GOP 2016 Candidates Are Insane Climate Deniers -- Is the Media Going to Be 'Objective'…

    30 January 2015, 1:15 pm by: Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America

    He said, she said? Interviewing Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy late last year about the Obama administration's historic climate change agreement with China, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell asked how the administration would handle…
  • Michael Moore: Yes, Clint Eastwood Threatened to Kill Me

    30 January 2015, 12:31 pm by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    Filmmaker Moore also has a few choice words for those who threaten critics of "American Sniper." "American Sniper" director Clint Eastwood is known not only as an accomplished actor and director but also as a political loose cannon. His monologue that…
  • Mitt Romney Says He Won't Run for President Again

    30 January 2015, 12:13 pm by: Tom McCarthy, The Guardian

    Romney tells supporters he's clearing the way for “our next generation of Republican leaders,” like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush. Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters on Friday that he was not making a third run at the White House,…
  • Why CodePink Calls Kissinger the Real 'Low-life Scum'

    30 January 2015, 11:39 am by: Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

    Senator John McCain called activists "scum." Clearly he's forgetting the despicable crimes Kissinger oversaw. A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CodePink activists as “low-life scum” for holding up signs reading “Arrest Kissinger for War…
  • Texas GOP-er Proposes Law Allowing Teachers to Kill Students Who Threaten School Property

    30 January 2015, 11:15 am by: Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

    Because guns don't kill kids, teachers do? Texas Republican State Representative Dan Flynn has introduced legislation that would allow teachers to shoot and kill students who they believe are threatening school property.Flynn's “Teacher's Protection…
  • WATCH: Jon Stewart Lays Bare the NFL's Totally Messed Up Priorities

    30 January 2015, 8:56 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    "The NFL, worried about the wrong sh*t since 1920." In honor of Superbowl Sunday, Jon Stewart discussed the various controversies roiling the NFL and causing a media frenzy ahead of the Big Show. These terribly important matters are, of course,…
  • Why a Dad Is Fighting to Keep Unvaccinated Kids Out of School

    29 January 2015, 6:23 pm by: Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

    When does "freedom" put other children at serious risk? We Americans take our notions of personal freedom very seriously. And the only thing we are more protective of than our individual rights are our rights around how we raise our children. You could…
  • The Ugly Wal-Mart Truth: Managers Treat the Workers Like Dirt

    29 January 2015, 5:05 pm by: Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

    A manager comes forward to discuss the corporation’s abusive culture and the way Walmart retaliates against workers organizing for change. Low wages, no benefits, irregular schedules, and unreliable hours are just some of the horrible working conditions…
  • Watch: Seattle Cop Pepper-Sprays Teacher Directly in Face For Walking Too Close

    29 January 2015, 4:11 pm by: Travis Gettys, Raw Story

    Video shows Jesse Hagopian getting sprayed by an officer following a rally on MLK Day. A high school teacher and activist sued the city of Seattle after a police officer sprayed chemical irritant directly into his face as he left a peaceful rally on Martin…
  • 10 Facts That Will Blow Right-Wingers' Minds

    29 January 2015, 3:35 pm by: Richard Riis, Daily Kos

    Guess how many times Reagan raised taxes? As a public service to those who find themselves inextricably cornered by aggressively ill-informed Republicans at work, on the train or at family gatherings, presented here are ten indisputably true facts that…
  • The Ugly Conservative Tactic of Brutally Attacking Individuals, Even Kids, Instead of Ideas

    29 January 2015, 2:53 pm by: Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

    Conservatives attack and smear individuals to silence them and discredit popular ideas. One of the more unfortunate trends of the 21st century is the increasingly ugly right-wing strategy of singling out individuals—usually those who have somehow…
  • Why the Macho Sludge Peddled by 'American Sniper' Is Really Cowardice

    29 January 2015, 2:17 pm by: David Masciotra, AlterNet

    Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies real bravery in "Selma." Well, you can beat on your chest / Hell, any monkey can. —Bruce Springsteen, “Real Man”In an essay on Theodore Roosevelt, Gore Vidal classified the former president and known tough guy as…
  • 'They Could Have Retreated'—Why It's Time the Police Use this New Tactic

    29 January 2015, 2:00 pm by: Heather Digby Parton, Salon

    Police and civilian safety would improve if police would take a step back from confrontations and call for back-up. In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold MSNBC’s Lawrence…
  • Whoa, 2.8 Million New Jobs? How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Seriously Improve the Economy

    29 January 2015, 1:36 pm by: Dean Baker, AlterNet

    With unemployment still holding back the economy, reducing the average hours of those with jobs can increase employment. After President Obama’s State of the Union Address, the discussion has largely focused on his tax proposals. While these are…
  • The Sex Trafficking Sham: No, There's No Uptick of Sexual Slavery Around the Super Bowl

    29 January 2015, 1:11 pm by: Tara Burns, AlterNet

    We need to stop propagating myths about sex trafficking and fund services for the victims who actually exist and want help. The Super Bowl is right around the corner and moral panic about child sex slaves who will supposedly be trafficked there is…
  • 10 Reasons Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell

    29 January 2015, 12:50 pm by: Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

    Perhaps descriptions of hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be. Most Westerners are at least vaguely familiar with the popular Christian version of Heaven: pearly gates, streets…
  • Cancer Criminals: The Shady World of People Faking Cancer Online

    29 January 2015, 12:49 pm by: Jenna Glatzer, AlterNet

    The Internet has made it easier for those with bad intentions to take advantage of the good will of others. A couple of years ago, I was moved by a teenager’s devastatingly sad tale she'd posted online: Both she and her best friend had cancer, and the…
  • How One Man Helped 10,000 People With Serious Drug Problems

    29 January 2015, 12:05 pm by: Tony Newman, AlterNet

    Howard Josepher's group Exponents is an inspiring model that should be studied and replicated. Drugs and the drug war touch most families.  Millions of people have a loved one behind bars on drug charges. Many millions more have struggled with drugs…
  • This Week in Religion: Huckabee Claims God Blessed Him, and Mormons Back LGBT Rights

    29 January 2015, 11:42 am by: Dan Arel, AlterNet

    Pat Robertson dispenses financial advice to a struggling '700 Club' member. No one has had a busier week than former Fox News host Mike Huckabee, who got a direct blessing from God to run for president so that he could fight off the “secular theocracy”…
  • The Country That Refuses to Bow Down to Western Bankers

    29 January 2015, 11:20 am by: Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

    The powers that be are getting nervous as other countries consider following Greece's lead. Mario Seccareccia, a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, has been outspoken in his warnings that austerity policies have the potential to smash…
  • Revealed: Gov't Surveillance Is Much More Developed Than You Thought

    29 January 2015, 11:03 am by: Oliver Laughland, Rory Carroll, The Guardian

    New documents show government tracked drivers with license plate readers on mass scale. Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents…
  • Kristen Schaal Talks Directly to Jon Stewart's Balls in Defense of 'Manspreaders'

    29 January 2015, 10:15 am by: Kali Holloway, AlterNet

    The Daily Show’s women’s issues correspondent hilariously stood up for men's rights to save an extra subway seat for their testicles. Wednesday night, the Daily Show’s Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal came to the defense of…
  • WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Koch Brothers $900 Million Campaign Pledge—'Behold Our Benevolent…

    29 January 2015, 9:28 am by: Janet Allon, AlterNet

    It's not as if huge sums of money have ever distorted the political process before. Jon Stewart took aim at the Koch brothers' plan to spend $900 million on the 2016 election cycle Wednesday night. But don't worry,  there's a good chance that they are not…
  • Thugs and Demagogues: 7 Right-Wing Wackos the Media Will Shove Down Our Throats in 2016

    28 January 2015, 5:28 pm by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

    Thanks to the Kochs, ready or not, here they come. The Puritan hangover that is the Republican Party’s right wing was in full bloom this past weekend in Iowa, as a bevy of conservative presidential prospects shared the stage at the Iowa Freedom…
  • 'The Hunting Ground': How Colleges Cover Up Rape

    28 January 2015, 5:27 pm by: Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

    A new documentary explores the problem of campus rape and shows how rare criminal convictions are. In an interview with Democracy Now!, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering spoke about campus rape, which is the subject of their latest documentary The…
  • "American Sniper’s" Biggest Lie: Clint Eastwood Has a Delusional Fox News Problem

    28 January 2015, 5:18 pm by: Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

    The insanities and fantasies at the heart of "American Sniper" explain everything about the state of the 2015 GOP. Much has been made recently about the inaccurate representation of Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.” We’ve learned that, despite the…

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