Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change is Real, but Can’t Agree That It’s Influenced by Human Activity

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted, 98-1, that climate change was real and not a hoax. The vote came after Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) added the amendment to a bill seeking to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Emily Atkin, writing for Think Progress, explains that the amendment…

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The Flogging of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi May Be Over

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (below) is only 50 lashes into his 1,000-lashes punishment for the “crime” of “insulting Islam.” But there’s reason to believe he won’t receive any more and that his prison sentence will be drastically reduced.

According to German news sources, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Germany Ossama bin Abdul Majed Shobokshi says that the punishment may be over.

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Sheriff’s Office Rug Reading “In Dog We Trust” Earns Nearly Five Figures in Charity Auction

Last week, I posted about the new rugs in the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (in Florida), which cost $500 and contained a rather notable misprint:

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Christian Files Religious Discrimination Complaint After Baker Refuses to Write “God Hates Gays” on Cake

Last year, Marjorie Silva, owner of Denver, Colorado’s Azucar Bakery, was asked by a customer to make a cake featuring homophobic language and imagery. Silva agreed to make the cake and offered to furnish decorating instruments if wanted but said that the bakery would not inscribe the cake with the offensive language. The customer, Bill Jack, subsequently filed a religious discrimination complaint against her with the Civil Rights division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson: God Made Me Throw 4 Interceptions to Make My Team’s Victory More Dramatic

After the Seattle Seahawks got away with an unlikely victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend to send them to the Super Bowl, quarterback Russell Wilson had a perfectly rational explanation for his four interceptions and mostly-awful performance for the majority of the game:

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” he said, alone for a moment in the locker room before heading out for the night. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”

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