Brittany M. Hughes
Managing Editor

Brittany is MRCTV's managing editor, host of the web series "Reality Check," and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Before coming to MRCTV, she worked as an investigative reporter for CNS News. Prior to that, she was an education and politics reporter in Danville, Virginia. 


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Human depravity really knows no bounds.

Only a few weeks after the world lost its collective mind over the shooting death of Cecil the African Lion by a Minnesota dentist, a Houston woman has been arrested for one of the most disturbing animal abuse cases imaginable.

A press release by the Department of Justice states that 24-year-old Ashley Nicole Richards has been convicted of producing a type of pornography called “animal crush” videos. Apparently, it’s a thing.

According to the DoJ press release:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) defines the “crush” fetish as a cruel and illegal genre of pornography in which women are videotaped or photographed mutilating small animals for the sexual gratification of viewers.  In crush fetish materials, women are depicted, usually barefoot or in high heels, stepping on (or crushing), torturing and killing different species of animals, ranging from crawfish, crabs and insects to rodents, rabbits, kittens, puppies, cats, dogs and other mammals.


The report added:

Previous court records also indicated that during the videos, Richards is often scantily clad and wearing a Mardi Gras-type mask.  As she tortured the animals, she engaged in sexually charged dialogue meant to arouse the viewer.


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(An unborn baby at 20 weeks / Photo Credit: WebMD)

By Brittany M. Hughes

Dr. Matthew Reeves, medical director for the National Abortion Federation (NAF), told a panel only a few months ago that he often encouraged obstetricians to wait to refer women for abortions until they were closer to 20 weeks into their pregnancy, because “you can see the fetal heart so much better.”

“Part of my job there was to read ultrasounds -- the other side of my career -- and we used to regularly encourage our referring obstetricians to send the patients closer to 20 weeks, because we could see the fetal heart so much better,” Reeves said during a Q&A segment at an April panel discussion by George Washington University Hospital called, “On the Offensive: Protecting Reproductive Choice against State and Federal Attacks.”

At the time, Reeves was responding to a question as to why women wait until 20 weeks into a pregnancy to have an abortion. 

Given statements like these, perhaps it’s no wonder Reeves was part of NAF’s recent effort to slap a gag order on the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) to keep the pro-life advocacy group from releasing undercover videos taken at NAF’s secret annual meetings over the past couple of years.



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(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Unemployed people in the United States watch about 90 percent more television and shop about 40 percent more than people who have jobs, according to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS’s 2014 American Time Use Survey shows the average employed person spends about 4.6 hours a week shopping, while the average unemployed person spends about 6.44 hours per week doing the same thing.


And while an employed American spends a little less than 10 hours watching television during the weekdays, an unemployed person stays glued to the tube for more than 18 hours in the same time frame.

The survey also shows that, in 2014, unemployed people also slept an average of 9.4 hours -- about 11 percent -- more per day than people who have jobs (8.4 hours).

It's a hard knock life.


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(Photo credit: Huffington Post)

As many as 307,000 veterans died while their health care applications were pending at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Veterans Affairs released Wednesday. Those veterans make up more than one-third of all of the VA's pending enrollment applications.

The OIG added the Veterans Health Administration's enrollment program "did not effectively define, collect and manage enrollment data," making it hard to figure out when applications were filed and how many veterans were actually waiting for health care benefits.

In addition to those stuck in VA’s massive backlog, the report shows VA employees possibly deleted or marked as "completed" a minimum of 10,000 unprocessed applications for health care in the last five years, while another 867,000 are still pending.


The VA OIG issued the following statement yesterday, along with a longer report detailing the mismanagement of veterans health care applications:


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(Photo by: Gage Skidmore/Huffington Post)

Update: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signed a pledge with the Republican National Committee vowing to support the GOP presidential nominee and ruling out a third-party bid if he winds up not getting the Republican nomination next year, a move that directly contradicts repeated statements he had made in the past.

During a press conference from the Trump Tower in New York City Thursday, Trump vowed to he is "pledging [his] allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands," while holding up a copy of the pledge.

Trump added he will not renege on the pledge, adding, "I have no intention of changing my mind."





Original Story:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will pledge to endorse the Republican nominee for president – even if it turns out not to be him, according to recent reports.

According to Politico:


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(Photo by Greg Kramos / USFWS)

While ISIS continues its bloody onslaught in the Middle East, Syrian refugees die attempting to flee their war-torn nation, illegal aliens steadily stream across the U.S.-Mexico border and the stock market teeters back and forth like a rusty see-saw, Americans can rest assured knowing that the lesser prairie chicken is making a comeback in the Midwest.

A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that would have added the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) to the list of “threatened” species, which is one category below the “endangered” species designation, due to the bird's growing population.

Prevalent across Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the lesser prairie chicken population is currently estimated at around 30,000 birds. The federal move to list the bird -- which is actually a type of grouse -- as “threatened” was challenged by farmers, ranchers and gas and oil companies in the Midwest, who said such a designation would hurt their ability to expand due to federal restrictions over the birds’ habitat.


In order to avoid further federal regulation, legislators in the five states where the birds lived created their own conservation program, offering incentives to companies and farmers that put aside land for the chickens to live on. Following the efforts, the LPC population has increased by about 10,000 in the past two years, aerial surveys have shown.


Photo By Andrew Burton/MSNBC

(Photo by Andrew Burton/MSNBC)

Since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States, abortion megastar Planned Parenthood has raked in a cool $8 billion in taxpayer dollars funneled through federal, state and local governments.


According to records provided by the American Life League (ALL), a pro-life advocacy group that has tracked Planned Parenthood’s comings and goings for decades, Planned Parenthood has collected the following amounts each year since 1973:


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(Kenneth C. Zirkel/Getty Images)

In a bizarre scene on Washington D.C.’s Metro Wednesday morning, passengers intervened to save a toddler who was being abducted by a total stranger.

According to witnesses who spoke with the Washington Post, a mother and her two-year-old boarded the Orange Line shortly before 9:30 a.m. The toddler was strapped into a stroller.

Out of nowhere, another female passenger on the train apparently tried to pull the child out of the stroller. While both the mother and child were screaming, several strangers stepped in and restrained the woman until the Metro came to the Foggy Bottom station, where transit authorities took the would-be abductor into custody.

The toddler was not hurt during the incident.

While the story ultimately had a happy ending, passengers onboard the Metro at the time reported they had tried calling for help using the train’s emergency intercom system, but were unable to have any kind of successful communication with the conductor. [intermarkets_ad]

Apparently, this isn’t the first time someone’s tried to use the Metro’s emergency alert system and wound up getting a whole lot of nothing for their trouble.


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(Photo credit: Washington State Athletics)

It turns out students at Washington State University may continue using horribly offensive words like “male” and “female” at their chosen institute of higher learning, thanks to school officials who vowed Wednesday to uphold their First Amendment rights of free speech and expression.

According to The College Fix, the university just smacked down an attempt by some faculty members threatening to fail students who use words and phrases deemed “offensive” in class, such as “illegal alien,” “male” or “female.”

For example, the syllabus of one Professor Selena Lester Breikss for her “Women and Popular Culture” class dictated:

Gross generalizations, stereotypes, and derogatory/oppressive language are not acceptable. Use of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, classist, or generally offensive language in class or submission of such material will not be tolerated. (This includes “The Man,” “Colored People,” “Illegals/Illegal Aliens,” “Tranny” and so on - or referring to women/men as females or males).


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(Photo by Bill Roth/ADN)

President Obama – who graduated Columbia University with a degree in political science – became an environmental and ecological expert Monday night in time to decry America’s contributions to global warming and the alleged melting of Arctic ice caps at this year’s GLACIER Conference, predicting a dire future for humanity.

During the GLACIER event, which stands for Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, Obama blamed the recent rash of wildfires sweeping parts of Washington State on global warming, insisting that “climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it.”

Overall, the speech painted a fairly doom-and-gloom outlook for America and the rest of the world. So if you’re a Doomsday Prepper, here are a few excerpts from the president's speech explaining the climate-related disasters heading to a town near you:

Your house might slide off into the ocean…

Reduced sea levels leaves villages unprotected from floods and storm surges. Some are in imminent danger; some will have to relocate entirely.

…or it might be engulfed in flames.

Alaska’s fire season is now more than a month longer than it was in 1950. At one point this summer, more than 300 wildfires were burning at once. Southeast of here, in our Pacific Northwest, even the rainforest is on fire…this is a threat to many communities.