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While giving a speech in Kansas City, President Obama had an interesting exchange with a heckler yesterday. About three minutes into his speech, a woman began shouting from an upper balcony. Before she was removed by security, the president asked, “I'm sorry, what are you hollering about?” allowing the woman to yell back, “'Jesus is the God of Israel. He is fully God.” As she was being escorted out by police, President Obama responded, “'I believe in God. Thanks for the prayer. Amen. Thank you.” And of course, with that, he finally bridged the gap—once and for all—between himself and his conservative religious critics ... Discuss

 

Officials in Liberia are asking for international help as the worst ebola outbreak in recorded history continues to grow. According to the World Health Organization, so far, at least 672 have been killed by the virus in Liberia and neighboring countries. The nation’s president issued a statement saying that officials are prepared to take dramatic steps to stem the spread of the deadly illness: They’ve closed schools, instituted a 30-day leave for many government employees, shut down markets and may soon even quarantine entire communities. Some humanitarian officials, like Mike Noyes of Action Aid UK, have criticized the approach of mass-quarantine calling “enforced isolation” a “medieval approach” in an interview with Reuters.

The country’s information minister told the news agency that their government is in dire need of additional international assistance: “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get” ... Discuss

 

Before you start making your weekend dinner plans, you may want to read this story. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their latest “Xtreme Eating Awards,” outlining the worst restaurant meals in America based on the amount of sodium, sugar, fat and calories found on menu items. The campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness about public health—specifically the consequences of eating out and not being aware of the nutritional information. A Red Robin Gourmet Burger meal consisting of a “Monster-sized” A.1. Peppercorn gourmet burger, Bottomless steak fries and a Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake took home the top spot with 3,540 calories, followed closely by Joe’s Crab Shack’s “The Big ‘Hook’ Up Platter” with 3,280.

Though the other restaurants with items on the list—including The Cheesecake Factory, Famous Dave’s, Maggiano’s, BJ’s and Chevy’s—didn’t break the 3,000 calorie mark, they all either exceeded or came close to exceeding the daily recommended calories for an adult. As the Chicago Tribune notes, in the future, restaurants with more than 20 locations may be required to list calories for each item on the menu. Until then eat Paunch Burger at your own risk ... Discuss

 

#BringBackOurGirls May Be Doing More Harm than Good

How our outrage over Nigerian kidnappings may have backfired. Read More
 

These stories are getting a little too common. Over the weekend, fake news site KCTV7—which posts these types of lies for the sheer joy of watching the world burn—"reported" that Michele Bachmann was advocating putting detained undocumented immigrant children into what she (the site) called "Americanization Facilities" where they would spend "half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that's English."

Of course, the congresswoman had said no such thing, but that didn't stop several sites—among them, Daily Kos and Think Progress—from running the story anyway, since fact checking just takes too much time anymore. It wasn't till Sunday that Raw Story definitively called shenanigans on the story, and the sites sheepishly published their apologies ... Discuss