President Barack Obama is in Berlin, speaking at the historic Brandenburg Gate, to call for additional cuts to the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia.
"I came here in some crates by boat, they didn't give me any documents when I arrived," Lady Liberty tells an immigration officer in this video from Legals for the Preservation of American Culture, or LegalsPAC.
Their satirical campaign to deport the Statue of Liberty comes during a heated debate on immigration.
Ishita Srivastava, producer of the video, says she was surprised how successful the satire was at making people "almost believe" the Deport the Statue campaign. It's a fine example of Poe's Law, which holds that on the Internet, it can be impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.
Even so, most people on Twitter get the joke, with one user joking, "Ship her back to France before she has an anchor baby."
Srivastava produced the video for human rights organization Breakthrough, which aims to "break through" the immigration debate with humor.
In the video, Lady Liberty sits down in an office with a dismissive immigration worker who asks questions like, "Can you prove you're not taking a job away from an educated American statue?"
She says she has "over 120 years of experience" in her field, and that she's "an icon of American freedom." The real Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor, is set to reopen to the public on July 4.
One of the three "Mayhem in the AM" radio hosts fired after mocking former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason's Lou Gehrig's disease said the segment was "quickly conceived and ill-advised."
Steak Shapiro had many words, none positive, to describe the bit in which he and his co-hosts Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini imitated Gleason's synthetic voice to tell insensitive jokes.
"I would have been offended," Shapiro said, if he had been listening to the skit Monday morning. "You walk a fine line trying to be somewhat on the edge. We blew it. We blew it in a big way."
He called the segment "stupid," "offensive," "awful" and "not funny," too.
Shapiro, Dimino and Cellini were suspended within hours as listeners reacted angrily to the segment, and fired by Monday evening.
Shapiro said he and his co-hosts of the Atlanta-based show conceived of the skit during a commercial break as a way to rib the Atlanta Falcons rival Saints. Gleason was the guest writer on the popular "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on the Sports Illustrated website this week.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known more commonly as Lou Gehrig's disease, has significantly hindered Gleason's physical abilities, meaning he can't speak -- thus the synthetic voice -- and uses his eye movements to type.
All three radio hosts apologized, via a statement from the station's general manager Rick Mack.
"790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners no way endorse or support this kind of content," Mack said. "We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS."
Gleason responded, saying the apology had been "received and accepted."
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Four American service members were killed in a mortar attack at Bagram Air Base outside of Kabul Tuesday, shortly after the announcement of the first-ever talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The four Americans were members of the International Security Assistance Force serving in eastern Afghanistan, the ISAF said.
The U.S. also handed over security responsibilities to the Afghan government Tuesday, even as violence escalated throughout the conflict-ridden nation.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday he would suspend security talks with the U.S. in protest of the outreach to the Taliban.
A moderate earthquake shook the capital of Peru Tuesday, the second temblor in as many days.
The quake struck at 1:40 p.m. local time, with its center about 20 miles south of the capital, Lima. It registered 5.1 on the Richter scale, Peruvian media reported, but the U.S. Geological Survey said it registered at 4.6.
As the earthquake struck, people fled into the streets in panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. On Monday, a magnitude 4.0 tremor hit at nearly the same location, and a 4.1 earthquake hit northern Peru Tuesday morning.
Peru is part of the so-called "Ring of Fire," which surrounds the Pacific, where as much as 85 percent of the world's seismic activity occurs.
Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino and Steak Shapiro were fired from their jobs hosting 790 The Zone radio in Atlanta, after a segment mocking ex New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease. During the bit, the hosts made fun of the way Gleason speaks using an electronic voice synthesizer. "Smother me, do me a favor," they said at one point.
All three hosts later apologized. "I love the people and city of New Orleans, always have, always will, @team_gleason I will work tirelessly to make this up to you," Shapiro tweeted.
"When and if I do work in radio again, I'm going to donate my first month's salary to Team Gleason and the fight against ALS," Cellini told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I know that feelings are very raw, and I've very, very contrite.
Gleason, who announced that he had the debilitating disease in 2011, accepted the apologies in a post to the Facebook page of his organization, Team Gleason.
Here's is Gleason's statement in full:
You can listen to audio of the skit below:
Various interpretations of John Mayer's new single speculate that the 35-year-old singer-songwriter has finally penned a musical response to Taylor Swift's "Dear John."
On the 2010 track, widely rumored to be about her fling with Mayer, Swift sang "Don't you think I was too young to be messed with?" At the time of their rumored relationship, Swift was about 20 years old.
Mayer doesn't make any direct references to his ex-flame, but he has written lyrics that could be interpreted as digs at Swift's lyrics and song titles.
"You're like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they're running from/ Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?" Mayer sings in the chorus. According to US Weekly, the "22 girls" line could refer to Swift's single, "22." In "Dear John," she previously sang, "I'll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can."
According to USA Today, Mayer's line, "Someone's gonna paint you another sky," could recall Swift's lyric, "You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain."
MTV points out that in "Dear John," Swift called her self "the girl in the dress."
""Here's a dress of gold and blue/Sure was fun being good to you," Mayer sings in "Paper Doll."
Mayer told Rolling Stone last year that Swift's song had "humiliated" him, though Swift later called her ex "presumptuous" for assuming the song was about him.
Two men walking along a dirt road in Russia spotted a wild fox walking with a jar on its head in a new video that's making the rounds on the blogosphere. Defying the notion that foxes are shy of humans, the animal walked right up to the men, presumably to ask for help.
After one man wrestled the jar off the fox's neck, it immediately ran back into the forest.
The Huffington Post managed to translate dialogue from one of the Russian men, who joked, "Where's my thank you," when the fox rushed away.
Josh Duggar, the eldest of Michelle and Jim Bob's 19 children, is following in the footsteps of his politically conscious father, who once served in the Arkansas House of Representatives but failed to win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Th 25-year-old reality star, who now has a wife and three children of his own, will serve as the executive director of the Family Research Council's conservative lobbying PAC, according to an announcement made on the radio show of the organization's president, Tony Perkins.
“It will be a culture shock coming from northwest Arkansas, but he’s a sharp kid,” Perkins told the Washington Post. “He’s going to fit in well, I think.”
According to Perkins, the FRC chose Duggar in the hopes of capitalizing on his ability to appeal to young evangelicals and homeschoolers.
"I'm very excited about joining FRC Action and working to promote the values that have always been close to my heart and my family," Duggar said in a statement. "In this capacity, I will be engaging the grassroots and taking the message of faith, family and freedom all across America."
Josh addressed his new job in a tweet on Monday.
"Excited to announce I'll be joining @FRCAction as Executive Director in Washington, DC! So grateful for this opportunity to serve!" he said.
Both the Duggar family and the FRC are conservative and anti-abortion. GLAAD, a gay rights organization, criticized the hiring announcement -- noting that the FRC had been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- in a blog post on Monday.
"If Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that's his business, but FRC's lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such," said GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz. "Josh's new boss Tony Perkins has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil. Fans of his family's reality show ought to know that."
"Sesame Street" has spent nearly 45 years helping children address difficult subjects -- from divorce to hunger. The show's latest target is incarceration, and it hopes to help the 2.7 million American children who have a parent in jail.
Meet Alex, a blue-haired muppet who father is in prison. Alex is the star of a special "Sesame Street" series called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," which comes with an online toolkit for children with incarcerated parents.
“Sesame Workshop has always been at the forefront of creating resources for families with young children to help address some of life’s most difficult issues,” Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice President, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, said in a press release.
“'Little Children, Big Challenge: Incarceration' tackles a very difficult topic, one for which there are scant resources to help young children, and best of all, it approaches these difficult transitions in the way that only Sesame Street and our trusted Muppets can.”