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Busted Pharma Douche Resigns From His Company, But Now What About The Cost Of That AIDS Drug?

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: We hope that Martin Shkreli’s departure will mark the end of Turing Pharmaceuticals’ reckless price hikes on life-saving medications,” said Olivia Alair Dalton, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing. “Turing’s interim CEO Ron Tilles should immediately roll back the company’s unconscionable 5,000 percent price hike on Daraprim, a crucial treatment …

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US House Fully Funds Planned Parenthood

In a huge defeat for Teabagistan, this morning the US House overwhelmingly approved its omnibus spending bill which fully funds Planned Parenthood. The Wall Street Journal reports: In a 316-113 vote, a coalition of more centrist Democrats and Republicans passed the spending bill that would avoid a shutdown when the government’s current funding expires at 12:01 a.m. ET on Dec. …

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FBI Tweet: No, We Didn’t Seize That Wu-Tang Clan Album When Arresting The Pharma Douche

Twitter was very amused. Via Slate: In the most 2015-esque news of 2015, the FBI just tweeted that it did not seize the single-copy Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin when it arrested “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli on securities fraud charges earlier Thursday. Please pause before continuing to consider how little of that sentence would have been …

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SLOVENIA: Marriage Repeal Voting Begins Today

Slovenia’s Parliament approved same-sex marriage back in March, but anti-gay and Christian groups backed by the local Catholic Church successfully pushed the issue to a national repeal referendum. Politico reports: EU politicians, including European commissioner Violeta Bulc, are urging Slovenia to back same-sex marriage as early voting begins Tuesday on a referendum that could overturn a controversial marriage equality law. …

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All Los Angeles Schools Closed Over Terror Threat

The Associated Press reports: All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District have been ordered closed due to a threat, a spokeswoman Ellen Morgan said Tuesday. During a press conference Tuesday officials said they received the electronic threat and were still analyzing it. They said the action was being taken out of an abundance of caution. Schools would …

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Porn Magnate Larry Flynt Offers Up To $1M Reward For Proof Top Ben Carson Advisor Sexually Harassed Men

As I’ve mentioned here before, top Ben Carson advisor Armstrong Williams once settled a sexual harassment suit filed by a male trainer at his gym. Today porn magnate Larry Flynt has published an open letter which denounces Carson for being anti-gay while working closely with a man whom he likely knows is gay himself. Flynt is offering a reward of up …

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Pharma Douche To Gouge Another Patient Group

The New York Times reports: Martin Shkreli is once again provoking alarm with a plan to sharply increase the price of a decades-old drug for a serious infectious disease. This time the drug treats Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause potentially lethal heart problems. “It’s caused a lot of angst in the Chagas community,” said Dr. Sheba Meymandi, …

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New York Daily News: “Merchants Of Death” Gun Makers Are Cashing In On Every Mass Shooting

The New York Daily News continues its loud campaign against the gun industry: For America’s gun makers, the slaughter of school children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School turned out to be very good for the bottom line. In the three years since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., the country’s biggest gun manufacturers have made loads of money following a …

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FRANCE: Far-Right Loses Every Regional Election

This is quite surprising considering recent events. The Independent reports: The far right Front National (FN) was unexpectedly vanquished in all parts of France last night after disgruntled moderate voters surged back to the polls in the second round of regional elections. In a nationwide vote watched with anxiety all over Europe, Marine Le Pen’s deodorised far-right party failed to …

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Houston Elects Democratic Mayor

The haters may have turned back LGBT rights in Houston, but they couldn’t keep the mayor’s office out of Democratic hands. The New York Times reports: State Representative Sylvester Turner, defeated his rival, Bill King, as rainy weather appeared to have lessened turnout in the runoff election. The vote represented a political crossroads of sorts for the country’s fourth-most populous …

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CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Personally Welcomes Syrian Refugees At Airport [VIDEO]

THIS is how you do it. Via the New York Times: Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees under its new accelerated entry program late Thursday night, the first of 25,000 the country has promised to take in by March. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a battery of politicians from across the political spectrum were on hand at the Toronto airport to …

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UKRAINE: Lawmakers Brawl [VIDEO]

It all started with a bouquet of roses and a “crotch grab.” The fight began between MPs from the president’s Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) and Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front (PF). It allegedly all started when Oleg Barna (PPB) went up to the tribune while Yatsenyuk was giving a speech, presented him a bouquet of roses and then tried to carry him …

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NEW YORK: Attorney General’s Office To Investigate Boner Pill Purchases By Former St. Patrick’s Chairman

The New York state Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation into the finances of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade organization. Last month it was reported that the group’s notoriously anti-gay former chairman, John Dunleavy, had used parade funds to buy “male enhancement” drugs and has made other questionable purchases. The Irish Voice reports: A letter sent last …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Slams Trump, Trump Cancels Visit

Donald Trump has canceled his visit to Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the proposal to ban Muslim immigration. CNN International reports: Trump had planned to meet with Netanyahu December 28 in Israel, according to an Israeli government official, but shortly after the meeting was reported, Netanyahu’s office condemned Trump’s comments about Muslims. “Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump’s …

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Scalia: Put Black Kids At “Less-Advanced” Schools

Yesterday Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that black students belong at “less-advanced” schools that are on “slower tracks.” The Hill reports: “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African­ Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less­-advanced school, a slower-­track …

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BRITAIN: Over 200,000 Sign Petition Calling For Trump To Be Banned, Parliament Must Now Consider

Well, THAT didn’t take long. The BBC reports: A petition calling for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering UK has gathered more than 200,000 names, so MPs will have to consider debating the issue. The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday. It was posted in response to Mr Trump’s call for a temporary halt …

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More Woes For Chipotle, 80 Sickened In Boston

NBC News reports: Norovirus has sickened 80 Boston College students who ate at a nearby Chipotle restaurant, state health officials said Tuesday. “Initial testing conducted by the State Public Health has shown the presence of norovirus,” the health department said in a statement. Although many of the students said they feared they’d been struck with the same E. coli bacteria …

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NYC Installs Stiletto-Friendly Subway Grates

Mashable mocks: New York city’s MTA (Mass Transit Authority) fields complaints ranging from subway cleanliness, vermin infestation, train frequency and safety, among other demands. But the city’s leader in public transportation has decided to tackle the really serious stuff: broken shoes. Answering the prayers of stiletto-wearers everywhere, the MTA announced plans Tuesday to install “high-heel friendly” grates on some sidewalks. …

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TIME’s Person Of The Year: Angela Merkel

TIME Magazine this morning named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the 2015 Person Of The Year. They write: The year 2015 marked the start of Merkel’s 10th year as Chancellor of a united Germany and the de facto leader of the European Union, the most prosperous joint venture on the planet. By year’s end, she had steered the enterprise through …

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White House: Donald Trump’s “Toxic Rhetoric Is Disqualifying” For The Presidency [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: White House press secretary Josh Earnest sharply denounced Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is “disqualifying” and calling on all other Republicans to renounce any support for the real estate mogul even if he becomes the GOP nominee. “What he said is disqualifying,” Earnest said of Trump. …

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