The White House has fired back against "particularly ugly and disrespectful" comments from North Korea's government-run media, which called President Barack Obama a "wicked black monkey," among several highly racist remarks.
"While the North Korean Government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council, said in a statement.
Sarah Palin is speaking out again and this time Hillary Clinton is her target, mainly because of her views of abortion. Palin hopes that daughter Chelsea's pregnancy will change Hillary's views on abortion.
"Just knowing that her daughter Chelsea is pregnant with a baby – it's a real baby – it's not some disposable something will perhaps make Hillary reconsider her views on the issue of abortion," Palin told "Extra" host Mario Lopez during an interview. Of course, Palin knows her comment "will be controversial, but those who, perhaps, they're in this position now as a parent or grandparent, they will recognize the sanctity of life, how innocent, how precious it is."
Palin also said she thought becoming a grandparent will "broaden her world view" on issues such as the national debt and abortion, among other things. "So maybe even on a social issue like that, she'll open her eyes." more >>
Alanis Morissette offered her vocals to a political cause two years after recording her last album this week.
The "You Oughta Know" singer has not released an album since "Havoc and Bright Lights" in 2012. However, Morissette laid down a track at the request of Marianne Williamson who is running for a seat in California's 33rd Congressional district this year. Grammy Award-winning Morissette wrote and recorded the song herself.
"I was attempting to capture the passion, mission, activism, deep humanity and tenderness of Marianne, the new political sensibility she represents and the consciousness that produced it," Morissette said in a statement, according to ABC News. more >>
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame is reportedly trying to convince a close relative to run for the state's 5th Congressional District race, now that current Congressman Vance McAllister has announced he won't be seeking re-election after news of his infidelity hit the media last month.
Willie Robertson, star of the A&E reality show, told The News Star in a recent interview that his first cousin Zach Dasher, a pharmaceutical representative from Calhoun, is one of the smartest young men he knows, and the relative would have the full support of the famous family if he chose to run for McAllister's seat.
Dasher, a Republican, added to the local media outlet that he and his wife are undecided about a potential run. He did say that if he were to seek the congressional seat, he would "[represent] a Christian world view." He added that his goal as congressman would be to defend the rights bestowed on to man by his creator. more >>
Dennis Rodman, former NBA star and friend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, said that contrary to widespread media reports, the North Korean leader did not have his uncle and former girlfriend executed, claiming to have stood right next to them while visiting.
"You could say anything here about North Korea and people would believe it. The last time I went there, when they said they killed his girlfriend, they killed his uncle, they just fed him to the dogs… They were standing right behind me," Rodman says in a recent interview with DuJour.
Rodman, who has visited North Korea a number of times to meet Kim and to play in exhibition basketball games, refers to two separate incidents. In December 2013, North Korea media reportedly said that Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, had been executed for "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state." more >>
Thousands of petitions for Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran and Kenneth Bae in North Korea are set to be delivered to Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf on Capitol Hill, with a Christian watchdog group calling on the Obama administration to step up its efforts for the release of the two imprisoned Christians.
"The human and religious rights of both of these men have been flagrantly violated since their detention in these foreign countries; therefore, as your constituent, I urge you to pursue every possible course of action, without delay, to secure the immediate release of Saaed Abedini in Iran and Kenneth Bae in North Korea," read the petition, organized by Christian Freedom International and addressed to Obama and his officials.
Abedini, a U.S. citizen currently serving eight years in prison in Iran, was arrested in July 2012 while working on an orphanage project and was accused by Islamic authorities of "threatening national security." Bae was also arrested in 2012 while leading a tour from China to North Korea and accused of making plots against the government. more >>