By at least one measure, 2013 was a banner year: When America's right-wingers opened their mouths, astonishing words fell out of them. Our nation's political arena has long been graced by men and women who fearlessly stand up to proclaim stupid shit.
House Speaker John Boehner's new staffer in charge of immigration policy has significant experience in drafting immigration legislation and pushing for reform. She wouldn't be coming to Boehner's office if House Republicans weren't serious about doing something on the issue. What that is remains to be seen. Immigrant rights advocates cheered the move as a sign of Boehner's dedication to action. Those who want a crackdown on illegal immigration said the top Republican in the House has moved closer to embracing amnesty by hiring Rebecca Tallent, a former staffer for Sen. John McCain and fellow Arizona Republican Jim Kolbe.
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.
"He is now resting," said South African President Jacob Zuma. "He is now at peace."
Ever been in a situation where you were left speechless, only to think of something awesome to say way after the point? These guys didn't have that problem. We asked you to bring us the best one-liners history has to offer and gave $200 to the winner ...
The editor of The Guardian said Tuesday at a parliamentary hearing in England that his newspaper has published just one percent of 58,000 pages it has received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied that the paper had placed lives or national security at risk. At the hearing, editor Alan Rusbridger said that over the course of The Guardian's publication of the Snowden material, the paper had consulted government agencies on both sides of the Atlantic more than 100 times. "We will continue to consult them, but we are not going to be put off by intimidation," he said, "but nor are we going to behave recklessly."