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Tea party Republicans blame Obama for the shutdown they planned

The<p>government shutdownhas revealed the impressive skill oftea partyRepublicansto say untrue things with sincerity so convincing that they almost sound as if they believe what they are saying. Michele Bachmann, with her toothy grin and startling wide-eyed stare, is especially adept at this.<p>The other …

Crocodile on loose in flooded Mexico street - Video on NBCNews.com

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‘Science and Religion Should Not Be at Odds’: Blaze Readers React to ‘Evolution vs. God’ Filmmaker Who Responded to Atheists

TheBlaze posted a story last week on “Evolution vs. God” filmmaker Ray Comfort responding to atheists‘ requests that he release unedited footage while they dismiss the documentary’s contents and shoot down Comfort’s claim that there is no evidence for Darwinian evolution.<p>Logo for Ray Comfort’s …

Two — Yes Two! — Record-Setting Alligators Weighing More Than 700 Lbs. Caught in Mississippi

Open season for alligator hunting in Mississippi began over the weekend with a few record-setting catches.<p>First-time hunters Beth and Rob Trammell were heading back into shore after a long day of hunting Sunday when they hooked what would turn out to be a state record-setting 723.5-pound male …

Jim DeMint's desperate bid to keep Obamacare defunding alive

Jim DeMint. Liar.<p>Would former Sen. Jim DeMint's Heritage Action be so dishonest, so deceptive, and so morally bankrupt as to try and twist real …

20 WTF Headlines You Won't Believe Are Real

If you're an avid reader of the news, there's a chance you may have fallen for a headline from satirical news site <i>The Onion</i> at one point or another. …

The right’s new bluff to appease its radicals

<b>Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh (Reuters/Jeff Haynes/AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>For now, threats to breach the debt ceiling are just another crazy thing the GOP has to do to tame its wingnuts<p>Brian Beutler<p>August 15, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>There's a peculiar strain of thought in conservative circles that …

Republicans' big problem with crazy

If you're looking for a Republican congressman who truly embodies the ethos of the Tea Party, Maryland Representative Andy Harris is a pretty good pick.<p>Harris, you see, is no fan of "big government" and he's definitely not a fan of Rinos ("Republicans in name only").<p>Harris made a national name for …

Can These Cute Flashcards Make Learning Chinese a Snap?

According to the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, Chinese is a Class III language—the most difficult to master—and requires …

There’s a Lawyer Petitioning the Hague Court Over the Unfair Trial of…Jesus

A Kenyan lawyer has petitioned the International Court of Justice in the Hague asking it to declare that the trial of Jesus 2,000 years ago was invalid, because it was conducted in a manner contrary to the principles of a fair trial, media in Kenya and Israel report.<p>Lawyer Dola Indidis who is a …

Help! My Egg Yolks Are Freakishly White

Dear Salt,<p>I recently joined President Obama on his trip through Africa, and I brought a mystery home with me. I wonder if you can help me solve it.<p>I was supposed to take my anti-malaria pills in the morning, with heavy or fatty food. That meant a lot of eggs for breakfast, all across Africa. In …

Westboro Baptist Church: Warriors for God?

Progressive Faith Leader Jim Wallis Issues Harsh Rebuke of Zimmerman Acquittal: ‘Racial Profiling Is a Sin in the Eyes of God’

Progressive faith leader Jim Wallis joined in on issuing commentary in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal. In a Huffington Post blog piece entitled, “Lament From a White Father,” he alleged that, had shooting victim Trayvon Martin been white, he would still be alive today. Wallis also …

My parents were right-wing extremists

<b>George Wallace (AP)</b><p>Mom and dad were John Birchers who idolized George Wallace. And then I found a hero in Martin Luther King Jr.<p>Claire Conner<p>July 15, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right”<p>My parents had gotten their views about African …

5 Reasons Fruit Isn't Making You Fat

Sugar has been making headlines as of late, with celebrities and trainers alike singling it out as one of the key culprits in America's obesity …

“God is a delusion”: I was a Pentecostal preacher — until I lost my faith

<b>Jerry Dewitt</b><p>I was a Pentecostal preacher for decades. When I lost faith, I thought I’d lose everything — but atheism saved me<p>Jerry DeWitt • Ethan Brown<p>June 29, 2013 2:37pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey From Belief to Atheism”<p><i>And not only so, but we glory in</i> …

More anti-abortion wisdom from Texas: Only 'accurate' intercourse causes pregnancy

The brilliance this time comes from state Sen. Bob Deuell (R-So SMRT), whose legislative website says he is “a board-certified family physician.” …

Wendy Davis for Texas governor

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis<p>2014 is election year in Texas, and Rick Perry will be running for an unprecedented fourth term. Maybe. We'll know soon enough. …

Aiming To Disrupt Payday Lending, a16z-Backed LendUp Now Offers Instant Online And Mobile Loans

Y Combinator-incubated LendUp launched in October with backing from Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Kapor Capital and others, to bring a fresh solution to an old problem: You have to pay your bills now, but you don’t have the money to pay them. Rather than turn to predatory …

Rep. Kenny Marchant against immigration reform because the immigrants might vote against him

Generic Republican Guy<p>In non-breaking news, pasty white Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant says his Republican Texas district doesn't much like the idea …

Oklahoma lawmaker: “What happened to the Republican Party I joined?”

<b>Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox</b><p>Where is the GOP that “felt women should have the right to control their own destiny?” asks state Rep. Doug Cox<p>Katie McDonough<p>May 29, 2013 8:11pm (UTC)<p>In a Wednesday editorial for the Oklahoma City News, state Rep. Doug Cox criticized his fellow Republicans for advancing …

Sample Rosetta Stone on your Android device

Rosetta Stone touts itself as one of the fastest and easiest ways to learn a new language. However, its learning system also carries a rather steep price tag: $300-$500 for the complete set. Of course this price is without any specials/discounts the company may be running at any given time. Still, …

Nokia files another complaint against HTC, seeks ban of HTC One in the US

It’s been an unfortunate few weeks for HTC, to say the least, what with the various resignations and a wave of internal problems going public. But things could be about to become much worse, as Nokia is seeking an import ban on the HTC One in the US. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down.<p>The One …

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Grizzly Puts Video Camera Into Its Mouth; Camera Keeps Filming

Somebody please get this guy a toothbrush.<p>We want to hear what you think. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

Candy Crush: Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats!

Candy Crush is my not-so secret addiction. It has consumed my days and plagued my nights. I've been crushing so much candy over the last few months, …

Missouri legislature passes bill to counteract federal gun control laws

The Missouri legislature on Wednesday sent the state governor a bill that would expand gun rights and declare all federal gun regulations …

Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>To Stein's credit, he has some sociological research to make his case — he brings "the cold, hard …

Disney Animation Is Ready to Charm You Again, This Time with Marvel, Not Pixar

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Disney animation—the part that doesn't involve Pixar—isn't exactly what it used to be, but it might …

Nigeria's war with Boko Haram gets a new ground zero

The road to Baga is littered with burned-out cars, winding through terrain that has proved fertile ground for radical ideologies to take root. On the …