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Creationism, Ayn Rand and gun control: Actual laws proposed this month

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants Republicans to stop being the stupid party — but apparently the memo hasn’t gotten out to state legislatures around the country.

February has been a banner month for truly silly and anti-intellectual bills in state capitals across the country. Well, mostly across the South and Midwest. Some of these bills are based on the idea that birth control is poison, and that students should not fail for arguing in biology class that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Others would stop gun control efforts by making it a felony to try to enact gun control.

This is not the Onion: Here are some of the actual proposals.

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Obama's "not-so-veiled" SOTU threat to address climate change himself if congress fails to act: EPA already has court-backed powers to regulate carbon under Clean Air Act

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes joins Rachel Maddow to discuss President Barack Obama’s proposal to make changes to climate policy alone if Congress doesn’t back him. Hayes offers his assessment of the proposal. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks about the previous failures of the Cap and Trade bill and expresses his doubt that the GOP will change its stance.

The rich will pay more taxes, Boehner concedes

Washington (CNN) — Taxes on the wealthy are going up, House Speaker John Boehner conceded on Wednesday in challenging President Barack Obama to sit down with him to hammer out a deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Obama, however, continued to insist on Republicans first ensuring no tax hike for anyone but the top 2% of Americans as a first step toward a broader agreement on tackling the nation’s chronic federal deficits and debt.

The statements reflected how negotiations on the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to occur on January 1 — the fiscal cliff — have evolved since Obama’s re-election last month.

Republicans once opposed to any new revenue in their quest to shrink government now realize Obama’s victory and public support for the president’s campaign theme of higher taxes on the wealthy leave them with little negotiating leverage.

(CNN)



Boehner is probably lying again if I had to guess. He said the same thing in 2010 but ended up sitting on his hands. 

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program removes marijuana from curriculum

The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s DARE program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana.

Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But DARE officer Mike Meyer says the national dare organization has removed the discussion of marijuana from the curriculum.

"The new curriculum starts as of December for us here in Kennewick. It does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all."

Politically I look at that and say ‘That’s wrong.’ And its not a Mormon thing, its a secular position that says you know what? I was wrong. We should have a society, a Prohibition on abortion.

Protestant Christians Lose Their Majority Status in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.

The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

TSA hired priest accused of molesting girls to do pat downs

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) didn’t bother to do a background check on a priest who had been defrocked for molesting girls before they gave him a job, which included doing pat downs on children at Philadelphia International Airport.