Politics

LIVE VIDEO: Pope Francis Addresses United Nations

UPDATE: Things are about to begin. Pope Francis will arrive at the United Nations within minutes for his address before the General Assembly. His speech is scheduled to begin at 8:30AM and embedded in this post is the Vatican’s official live-stream. One of today’s main topics is expected to be Europe’s continuing refugee crisis, which will surely cause even more …

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LIVE VIDEO: Pope Addresses US Congress

Pope Francis is on his way to the US Capitol where a large crowd is awaiting his unprecedented address to Congress. The below live-stream will begin at 9:30AM.  Last night Rachel Maddow reported that 16 members of Congress, eight from each party, have been assigned to perform as de facto papal bodyguards, should any of their colleagues breach protocol and …

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Thousands Await Pope Outside White House

Thousands of people either camped out all night or arrived outside the White House in this morning’s predawn hours in advance of the arrival of Pope Francis. Reuters reports on today’s events: Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are set to hold private talks at the White House on Wednesday before the pontiff parades through streets of Washington on the …

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Politico: Colbert Bests Trump [VIDEO]

Politico recaps last night’s show: Donald Trump was in no fighting mood on Tuesday night. Rather than come out swinging, as he did at the outset of last week’s Republican debate, a subdued front-runner came out nodding in his “Late Show” interview with Stephen Colbert. Rather than engage or try to turn the tables, Trump, whose default mode is offense, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Pope Francis Arrives In DC

Pope Francis just landed at Andrews Air Force Base where he was greeted by President Obama, who shook his hand for about 20 seconds before turning to introduce the First Lady and First Teens.  Security, of course, is enormously tight. Watch the goings-on below.

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New York Times: US Soldiers Told To Ignore Sexual Abuse Of Boys By Afghan Commanders

The Afghan tradition of “bacha bazi” – literally “boy play” – is illegal both under Sharia law and civil code, yet few are prosecuted – especially if the perpetrators are powerful men. Yesterday the New York Times reported that the US soldiers have been told to ignore the practice, even when it takes place on military outposts. From their story: …

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Photo Of The Day

NBC reports: The Atlanta Braves’ “Kiss Cam” entertainment at Turner Field featured a famous couple Thursday night: former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn. The two were in their usual seats near the Braves dugout during a 5-0 loss to Toronto, and they received a loud cheer when shown on the video board. Carter kissed his wife and then gave …

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#NotNancyReagan

So that happened shortly before the debate began. After a tweetstorm of mocking, Wolf Blitzer said, “By the way, we want to apologize to our viewers. We thought we saw Nancy Reagan here in the hall. We are now told that was not Nancy Reagan. We’re going to find out what exactly happened, but that’s an apology from all of …

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Meet Aaron Schock’s Anti-Gay Replacement In Congress

Illinois GOP state Sen. Darin LaHood, who fought against same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, has won the special election to replace disgraced and totally-not-gay former US Rep. Aaron Schock. The Associated Press reports: LaHood, easily won a special election Thursday to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, sending a familiar name to Washington from Illinois. The younger LaHood’s victory brings …

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Michele Bachmann: Drop Bombs On Iran’s Nukes

Jesus is taking way too long to come back, but Michele Bachmann knows how to hurry him up. Via World Net Daily: Forget the sanctions, said former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. The only way to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is to bomb their facilities, she told WND. “There is only one tried and true method that stops …

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Michael Stipe On Donald Trump Using REM’s Music At Tea Party Iran Deal Protest: “Go Fuck Yourself”

CNN reports: Donald Trump has been blaring R.E.M. on the campaign trail, and the band doesn’t feel fine about it. The GOP presidential candidate took to the podium Wednesday on the steps of Capitol Hill to slam President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal. His walk-up music? R.E.M.’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It …

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LIVE VIDEO: Teabagger Iran Deal Protest

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and a cavalcade of clown car crackpots are rallying outside the US Capitol in protest of the pending Iran deal. At this writing Cruz is onstage ranting about Kim Davis, which somehow has something to do with nuclear weapons. Because Jesus, probably.

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Obama Mocks Darth Cheney On Iraq [VIDEO]

This scathing White House clip was going viral yesterday while most eyes were on Kentucky. Via Talking Points Memo: Timed to a speech given by former Vice President Dick Cheney slamming President Obama’s Iran deal, the White House released a video highlighting Cheney’s continual defense of the Iraq war. The two-and-a-half-minute video titled “Former Vice President Dick Cheney: Wrong Then, …

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Mount Sarah Palin: A Petition Not A Porn Title

Not too many names so far. Pity.

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Cosmopolitan: Christian Site Twitchy Is An Organized Racist, Sexist Online Harassment Tool Of The Extreme Right

Cosmopolitan writer Jill Filipovic, herself a frequent target of Twitchy‘s army of far-right extremists, today lays out the truth about the site owned by online Christian powerhouse Salem Media. An excerpt: While Twitchy’s content is tweet aggregation, its purpose seems to be filling insatiable reader rage. Many of the tweets posted to Twitchy are put on there seemingly for the …

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Julian Bond Dies At Age 75 [VIDEO]

Longtime LGBT ally and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond has died at the age of 75. CNN reports: Bond died Saturday night after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which he served as founding president in the 1970s. “Not only has the country lost a hero today, we’ve lost a great …

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MICHIGAN: Anti-Gay Christian Teabagger State Rep Won’t Resign After Adultery Scandal Because Jesus [VIDEO]

With her cuckolded husband at her side, today a tearful Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat declared that she was not going to resign just because she got busted having an affair with a fellow representative of Christ Himself in the state legislature. Last week Rep. Todd Courser tried to throw attention off their affair by spreading a rumor that he’d …

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CUBA: Gay Poet Richard Blanco Reads At Opening Of US Embassy In Havana [VIDEO]

Cuban-American gay poet Richard Blanco is already winning raves for the poem he read today. The new work will be published in English and Spanish by the University of Pittsburgh Press late next month.

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LIVE VIDEO: American Flag Rises Over US Embassy In Havana For First Time In 54 Years

Live US-Cuban history happening right now. The BBC reports: Three marines who lowered the American flag for the last time on 4 January 1961 will raise it again during Friday’s ceremony in Havana. They are now retired and in their late 70s. “I’m gonna love seeing that flag go back up,” said former marine Jim Tracy, 78, in a US …

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Come Again, Haaretz?

The tweet has already been deleted. As Mediaite says: “If he WERE gay, why would that matter in regards to his support for the Iran deal?” Haaretz is Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.

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