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Harry Reid Cracked Two Jokes About Asians in Las Vegas

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is making the rounds Friday after video surfaced of him cracking two jokes about Asians at a Las Vegas meeting.<p>Speaking to the Asian Chamber of Commerce, Reid joked about the stereotype regarding Asian intelligence.<p>“I don’t think you’re smarter than anyone else, …

The New Yorker's Ferguson Cover Is Perfectly Eerie

We've seen some pretty powerful newspaper front pages during coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, but the New Yorker's September cover perfectly captures the sinister nature of police militarization in a way that a photo couldn't.<p>Artist Eric Drooker noted that he feels a personal …

Yellen Takes Dead Aim At A GOP Movement To Rein In The Federal Reserve

On Friday at the Jackson Hole economic symposium, Yellen spoke on the state of the labor market and how these dynamics effect monetary policy.<p>In addition to noting that there still remains "significant" underutilization of labor resources, Yellen said she expects the Fed's understanding of labor …

Ted Nugent on Ferguson: “Smear on”

<b>Ted Nugent (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>Why do so many Republicans think that talking about race is automatically race-baiting?<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>August 22, 2014 5:10pm (UTC)<p>In the midst of turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, noted racist Ted Nugent …

America’s mass incarceration problem is making kids sick

Researchers found a strong link between parents’ incarceration and depression, asthma, anxiety and other issues<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 22, 2014 5:22pm (UTC)<p>The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2 million people behind bars. Most happen to be parents to …

Washington Post editorial board to stop using ‘Redskins’

The Washington Post editorial board will stop using the word “Redskins” in reference to the NFL team, it announced Friday.<p>The decision, a protest against the disparagement of Native Americans, marks the most significant protest by a news organization to date. The Post is D.C.'s most widely read and …

Reid apologizes for Asian comment

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for comments he made in “poor taste” about Asian people.<p>The apology was prompted by remarks he made Thursday to the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas and after video was posted by conservative trackers.<p>“The Asian population is so productive. I …

Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state.<p>Groom figurines are seen on a cake at a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Jeff …

Harry Reid Apologizes, Says 'Wong' Comments Were In 'Poor Taste'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized Friday for controversial comments he made at a luncheon with the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas.<p>Reid said he was having a problem "keeping my Wongs straight" after introducing someone at the luncheon. (See a video of Reid's remarks …

‘Just chaos’: Ex-Virginia governor says wife mistreated staff, in corruption trial testimony

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell spent a second day on the stand Thursday painting an unflattering picture of his wife as he tried to distance himself from her actions at his corruption trial in Richmond, saying she regularly yelled at staff and acted inappropriately.<p>The former governor said he …