‘Scandal’ Aside, Twitter Drives More Viewers To Reality Shows Than Dramas

Olivia and Fitz, unique in so many ways. Credit: There’s been a lot of talk in the last day about this new Nielsen study that seems to suggest that our habit of live-tweeting our favorite television shows may be juicing their ratings, thereby making us all feel better about ourselves. The bigger correlation is a more logical one–that the more people watch a television show, … [Read more...]

Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Despite the fact that 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is real, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is insistent that it is “not science” and that environmentalists are missing the potential upsides. At an event sponsored by the climate-denying, Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity on Wednesday, King reportedly told the audience that climate change … [Read more...]

No Homicide Charges For Teen Who Shot And Killed A Man With An Illegal Gun, Thanks To Stand Your Ground

CREDIT: Florida prosecutors said Tuesday they would not file homicide charges against a 17-year-old who fatally shot a community choir director in the face, citing the state’s Stand Your Ground law. In a memo released Tuesday, prosecutors explained that Tyrone Pierson was justified in using deadly force when he encountered Julius Jerome Jacobs on the street, and Jacobs was wielding … [Read more...]

Obesity Rate For Poor U.S. Children Falls Significantly For The First Time

CREDIT: Shutterstock Young U.S. children from poor families are seeing an unprecedented drop in their levels of obesity, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The findings represent the first time ever that the government has witnessed a widespread reduction in low-income children’s obesity rates and may bode well for America’s public health at large. The … [Read more...]

Republicans Do Damage Control On Their Party’s Vow To Shut Down The Government

After 40 failed votes to repeal Obamacare, several Republicans are threatening anew to block government funding unless the health reform law gets defunded. This threat is nothing new; Republicans have repeatedly demanded that every appropriations bill include a provision to repeal Obamacare since the law was passed. Tea Party lawmakers in 2011 emphasized how dire the situation was, calling for a … [Read more...]

After Airing Pro-Keystone XL Ads, NBC Station Rejects Ad Opposing The Pipeline

NBC has rejected an ad opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, despite running ads in favor of its construction. The climate group NextGen Climate Action says it was notified at the last minute Tuesday night that a Washington, D.C. NBC station rejected its ad, submitted for President Obama’s appearance on the Tonight Show. A representative for the group suggested that the station may have bowed … [Read more...]

Prison Attorneys Claim 14-Year-Old Inmate Wanted To Get Raped By Her 40-Year-Old Prison Guard

CREDIT: Shutterstock A Louisiana parish is trying to get out of paying a 14-year-old who was repeatedly raped by her prison guard, with lawyers arguing last week that the girl wanted the sex. The guard, Angelo Vickers, is serving a 7-year sentence after pleading guilty to molestation of a juvenile. The woman, known anonymously as Mary Doe, is now an emotionally traumatized 20-year-old. Mary Doe … [Read more...]

Arizona Firefighter’s Widow Denied Health Benefits Because He Was Considered A Part-Time Worker

Juliann Ashcroft, whose 29-year-old husband was killed battling an Arizona wildfire CREDIT: CBS News Juliann Ashcraft’s husband was among the 19 firefighters who were killed five weeks ago while battling a huge blaze in Yarnell, AZ — the deadliest wildfire of the past 80 years. Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) and Vice President Joe Biden have called her late husband a hero. Nevertheless, … [Read more...]

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation

The 4,000 families affected by the Bangladeshi factory collapse in April in Rana Plaza that killed 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500 have not received the full payments they were promised as compensation, according to a report by the Huffington Post’s Emran Hossain. About 350 survivors and family members of those who lost their lives have received between $1,200 and $2,500 from the … [Read more...]

Obama: Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws ‘Are Violating The Basic Morality’ Every Country Should Uphold

During an appearance Tuesday night on The Tonight Show, President Obama told Jay Leno that he condemns Russia’s new anti-gay laws banning “gay propaganda” — i.e. any public display that supports or promotes homosexuality. He has “no patience” for countries that target the LGBT community because he believes that people should be treated “fairly and justly”: … [Read more...]

ESPN’s Jay Bilas Exposes NCAA’s Hypocrisy On Amateurism With Simple Web Search

Jay Bilas CREDIT: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE The NCAA has removed the search function from its shopping web site Tuesday after ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, an avowed proponent of paying college athletes, exposed the lie behind one of the organization’s central arguments for amateurism. Tuesday afternoon, Bilas began searching the NCAA Shop web site – … [Read more...]

Government Acknowledges 2012 Climate Milestones Show We’ve Reached ‘A New Normal’

CREDIT: NOAA Last year was one of the top 10 warmest ever recorded and broke numerous climate-related records, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual State of the Climate report. In a press conference Tuesday, Kathryn Sullivan, acting NOAA administrator and co-author of the report, said the findings in the report paint a picture of a “new … [Read more...]

GOP Senator Promises To Help Constituents Enroll In Obamacare

(Credit: AP) Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, going so far as to sign onto a letter threatening a government shutdown unless Congress votes to defund the law. But during a town hall in Hammond, Louisiana, the two-term senator took a much more conciliatory tone, encouraging constituents to call his office with questions about enrolling in coverage starting … [Read more...]