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Rig the vote! The right resurrects a shady plan to skew 2016 in the GOP’s favor

Conservatives look to 2016 and plan to win on big ideas. Just kidding; they’re trying to rig the Electoral College<p>Fresh off a big electoral victory in the midterms, Republicans and conservatives are looking to the future and trying to figure out how they can repeat this year’s success in the 2016 …

Opportunity rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars

NASA's ironman Mars rover Opportunity, like your five-year-old PC, is about to get reformatted. Problems have been causing the aging vehicle to reboot and scientists suspect that worn-out cells in the flash memory are to blame. Opportunity's been running for 10 years despite an expected mission …

Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate

A week ago, Amanda Curtis was a just math teacher from Butte with a TED talk. Now she’s the last-minute frontrunner to hold on to the Democrats’ Big …

GOP’s post-racial fantasy: Secession, delusion and the truth about America’s most hateful dividers

Stephen Colbert isn’t the only one who thinks we’re beyond race. These GOP candidates’ beliefs will horrify you<p>Rand Paul is not alone. It's not just the Kentucky senator complaining about folks at MSNBC [Rachel Maddow et al.] who “misrepresent” his past viewpoint opposing the Civil Rights Act by …

Pols divide on Alaska oil tax vote

Alaskans will vote Tuesday on repealing oil tax cuts in a ballot fight so contentious and historic that it’s even sucked Sarah Palin back into the Last Frontier’s political whirlwind.<p>But don’t ask Sen. Mark Begich about it.<p>The vulnerable Democrat, who faces a tough reelection effort, is refusing to …

Uber Strikes Back, Claiming Lyft Employees Canceled Nearly 13,000 Rides

The war of words between Lyft and Uber continues to escalate.<p>Following allegations that its drivers and employees were regularly hailing and canceling rides that they booked on its competitor’s service, Uber issued a statement claiming Lyft is guilty of the same actions. Furthermore, Uber claims …

Colorado Republican: Fracking is fine because water is supposed to burn

Republican state Sen. Randy Baumgardner knows because he has been to “a lot of the fracking seminars”<p>In an effort to prove his expertise, Republican Colorado state Sen. Randy Baumgardner has demonstrated how little he really knows. He appeared on conservative activist Gordon "Dr. Chaps" …

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on his growing unpopularity: It’s Obama’s fault!

The GOP guv in the reddest of red states fared poorly in the primary, which is apparently the president’s doing<p>After launching a truly radical program to turn his state into a conservative utopia, Gov. Sam Brownback now finds himself in an unusual position: He's a Republican politician in blood-red …

Oklahoma GOP Gov. Mary Fallin tries to distance herself from outrageously racist flyer

An ad for a “Bean Feed” GOP fundraiser includes a picture of a dancing bean wearing a sombrero<p>A flyer distributed by the Republican Party of Garvin County, Oklahoma has engendered a significant amount of criticism for being incredibly racist, reports KFOR.<p>How incredibly racist are we talking about …

The GOP Is Using Support For Uber As A Fundraising Pitch

The GOP is cool, guys, and they want you to know it.<p>Out today from the Republican party is a petition in support of Uber. The petition is predictably partisan, blaming “liberal government bureaucrats” alongside “taxi unions” for “setting up roadblocks” and “issuing strangling regulations” to the …

The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …

Paul Ryan lectures the pope

The Catholic conservative who insists he cares about the poor says Pope Francis doesn’t understand capitalism<p>When 1.3 million Americans lose their unemployment benefits on Saturday, they can thank Rep. Paul Ryan. He took the lead in negotiating a bipartisan budget deal with Democratic Sen. Patty …

10 worst right-wing moments of the week — sitting “Duck” edition

Newt Gingrich compares Phil Robertson to the Pope, while Rick Santorum goes off the deep-end over health care<p><b>1. Conservative Hootenanny Over Firing of "Duck Dynasty" Star</b><p>In every cloud there is a silver lining. Phil Robertson may have lost his reality show over his vile comments about gays and …

Sarah Palin, Richard Cohen and today’s sad, sad GOP

On their planet, it’s not racist to compare the national debt to slavery, or “gag” at seeing an interracial couple<p>I’m getting a lot of attention, even outside the wingnut blogosphere, for explaining on MSNBC that Sarah Palin’s equating the national debt with slavery is another example of “the white …

The right’s most outraged Twitter responses to a new, millennial-focused Obamacare ad

The people who brought you “brosurance” are back and trolling the right all over again<p>Remember the "brosurance" ad that got so much attention during the Congressional hearings over Obamacare's rollout? Well their makers are back with a new one, this time geared toward the ladies. The ad shows two …

Report: Former N.H. GOP State Chairman Warns Followers To "Be Alert" Over Possible "U.N. Trucks"

Jack Kimball, former state GOP chair, sent an email warning that a large number of "white trucks and humvee type vehicles headed South toward NH."<p>Former New Hampshire Republican Chairman Jack Kimball sent out an email warning to followers, describing military trucks that "sound more like U.N. …

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats are turning women “into nothing but abortion machines”

The right-wing radio host is concerned — very concerned — about the ways Democrats are “demeaning” women<p>While his heart bleeds for "the black family" and "minority families," Rush Limbaugh was his most animated on Wednesday when discussing the ways Democrats were "demeaning" women.<p>Responding to a …

Some of the World's Scariest Military Troops

Last month, <i>Kotaku</i> published images of Taiwanese special forces. They were totally frightening. But Taiwan doesn't have a monopoly on scary troops. …

Reply to Tennessee prosecutor who doesn't want to be called "the Government" by defendant

A whiny Assistant District Attorney General of Tennessee asked the judge in the case of <i>Tennessee v Powell</i> to order Mr Powell and his lawyer to stop …

Here’s how GOP Obamacare hypocrisy backfires

<b>Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor (AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>GOP base doesn’t understand right wants to turn Medicare, Social Security and more into a very similar program<p>Michael Lind<p>October 28, 2013 11:44am (UTC)<p>The smartest thing yet written about the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s …

Fringe Factor: End Homosexuality With a Class Action Lawsuit

Homosexuality is just as dangerous as cigarettes, so why not try to end it—with a tobacco company-style lawsuit? Plus, more from the fringe. By …

The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity

Slashing food stamps isn’t about austerity. It’s about punishing the poorest among us. By Michael Tomasky.<p>What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era …

Instead of Raises, McDonald's Tells Workers to Sign Up for Food Stamps

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>McDonald's has taken a lot of heat lately for the subpar wages it pays its employees, but the …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

The Dumbest Bet in Sports: 6 Reasons to Not Buy Stock in a Professional Athlete

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster has sold a 20% share in his future income to a new company. Foster is old (and knows what he's doing). The company is young (and doesn't).<p>Kiss your money goodbye | Reuters<p>Arian Foster, the star running back for the Houston Texans, is now the first athlete to go …

Vulnerable Republicans Are Already Taking Tea Party Heat For Their Shutdown Votes

The fight in Washington over funding the government may be over for now, but the political fallout for GOP incumbents has only just begun.<p>If you're a Republican lawmaker fending off a tea party challenge and you voted to end the government shutdown Wednesday night, you're not having a good …

Family Research Council: Christians should not want the government to care for the poor

“The government has a responsibility to care for the poor? That’s not what Scripture says”<p>The Family Research Council has some <i>interesting</i> ideas about Christianity and poverty.<p>Last month, FRC senior fellow Kenneth Blackwell said there was "nothing more Christian" than kicking 4 million people off …

Lonegan Coldly Pushes Wife's Hand Away During Concession Speech

During his concession speech to Cory Booker on Wednesday night, New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan brushed his wife's hand off his shoulder when she attempted to comfort him.<p><b>Update</b>: Lonegan told Inside Edition Friday he is legally blind and thought it was a staff member who was touching him …

At the Values Voter Summit, It’s YOLO Conservatism

At the Values Voter Summit, the train wreck’s drivers were celebrated—and unchallenged. By Jamelle Bouie.<p>It didn’t take long at the Values Voter …