Adam Johnson, AlterNet John Olivers Last Week Tonight is far and away the most refreshing thing on late-night TV. While other shows center around round-table chats and celebrity interviews, Oliver uses his massive platform to highlight overlooked but important political issues. Recently, he told CBS that his focus was absurd public policies. By highlighting the absurdities of American institutions,
Arturo Garcia Officials at the University of Alabama quickly criticized would-be football fans on Friday after they used Hurricane Katrina to taunt their upcoming opponents, AL.com reported. UA is appalled that anyone would display a banner with such an inappropriate and offensive statement, the university said in a statement on the schools Twitter account. Its
Reuters Two Louisiana police officers were arrested on Friday on charges of killing a 6-year-old boy and critically wounding his father during a car chase that ended in a volley of bullets, state police said. The officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the boys father in the central Louisiana community of Marksville,
Alan Yuhas, The Guardian City workers have discovered two burial vaults underneath Washington Square Park in New York City, uncovering the remains of at least a dozen people interred around two centuries ago. Contractors for the city department of design and construction (DDC) uncovered the first vault on Tuesday, during excavations to replace a century-old
Tom Dart, The Guardian The trial of the former Oklahoma City police officer accused of a string of sexual assaults against black women began this week with an all-white jury. Related: Investigation reveals about 1,000 police officers lost jobs over sexual misconduct Daniel Holtzclaw is alleged to have sexually assaulted 12 women and a 17-year-old
Reuters Hillary Clinton on Saturday called for looser federal regulations governing marijuana, to boost scientific research on a drug that many tout for relieving pain, among other medical benefits, according to media reports. Speaking at a campaign event in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate said changing U.S. rules would acknowledge the drugs potential
Reuters Presidential candidate Marco Rubio put more than $7,000 in personal expenses on a Republican Party credit card during a nearly two-year period while he was a Florida state lawmaker, but he reimbursed all the charges, his campaign said. In its latest response to scrutiny over Rubios personal spending, his campaign on Saturday released details
Bethania Palma Markus It may be no surprise that disturbing and extremist views were expressed at the two-day National Religious Liberties Conference, mainly organized by Kevin Swanson, best known for advocating the execution of LGBT people. But of all the unhinged things said at the conference, where GOP presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov.
Agence France-Presse The United States is adapting its operational posture to counter Russian aggression, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday. We are adapting our operational posture and contingency plans as we on our own and with allies work to deter Russias aggression, and to help reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners, Carter
Another Ben Carson tale implodes: No evidence supports claim he shielded white classmates from 1968 race riot
Bethania Palma Markus Its getting hard to tell whats up and whats down these days with GOP candidate Ben Carson. In recent days, hes come under scrutiny for claims he has made about his past that dont seem to align with reality. Now the Wall Street Journal has gone back to fact check a claim
The Guardian On 1 September, police lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52, radioed in to Fox Lake headquarters to say he was pursuing three suspicious individuals on foot. The man many in the town knew as GI Joe was later found dead, from a gunshot wound to the chest, a short distance away from his cruiser.
Reuters The Mormon Church has deemed married same-sex couples to be apostates of the faith and their children ineligible for baptism in a reaffirmation of opposition to gay marriage months after endorsing fair housing and employment on the basis of sexual orientation. The new policy was approved by Mormon leaders the Council of the