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Rachel Maddow: Kentucky Democrats forced Rand Paul into a corner by rejecting ‘LBJ law’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) might now be forced to choose not only which political office he wants most, but which kind of political figure he wants to be, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Thursday. “This calls the question of whether or not he and his father’s brand of Republicanism…

Fox’s Todd Starnes accuses college president calling for more diversity of ‘ethnic cleansing’

Fox News contributor Todd Starnes accused Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard of advocating for “ethnic cleansing” at the school after the official made a public statement calling for a more diverse student body. “I wish Western Washington all the best as they begin their ethnic cleansing,” Starnes said in…

Illinois cops seize computers and cell phones in search for Twitter account mocking mayor

Police in Peoria, Illinois seized computers and cell phones while attempting to find the person responsible for a satirical Twitter account mocking the town’s mayor. The Peoria Journal-Star reported that authorities executed a search warrant on the home on Tuesday night in connection with an investigation into the @Peoriamayor account,…

Texas county votes unanimously to make April ‘Confederate History and Heritage Month’

Officials in Orange County, Texas are facing criticism after they unanimously voted to proclaim this month “Confederate History and Heritage Month.” According to Burnt Orange Report, the vote came in response to a petition from the county chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). County commissioners have granted the…

SC Gov. Nikki Haley faces Facebook fracas over appointee’s alleged atheism

The prospect of an atheist holding public office in South Carolina is apparently big enough of a concern to lead South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) into a public squabble online with a state lawmaker and political ally, Buzzfeed reported. The dispute began on Wednesday, when Haley accused state Sen.…

Illinois state trooper accused of publicly strip-searching man during traffic stop

An Illinois state trooper was accused of aggravated battery for allegedly forcing a man to strip during a traffic stop and using a flashlight to “examine” him, KMOV-TV reported. 32-year-old Cory Alberson pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and was released from jail on a $20,000 bond. State police said he…

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old boy in 1999

Bryan Singer, director of The Usual Suspects and the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy after allegedly plying him with drugs and alcohol on several occasions in 1998 and 1999. The Wrap reported Wednesday night that the lawsuit against Singer was…

New Jersey college teacher suspended for daughter’s ‘Game of Thrones’ shirt

An art and animation teacher at Bergen Community College in New Jersey believes his suspension over a shirt he wasn’t even wearing is part of an ongoing dispute between the faculty and college President Kaye Walter. Inside Higher Ed reported that Francis Schmidt was suspended after posting a picture online…

Texas ‘Boats ‘N Hoes’ PAC with links to GOP candidates sinks after bipartisan criticism

A Texas GOP political action committee will be shut down on Thursday after being denounced by Democrats and disavowed by gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott over its name, the Texas Tribune reported. Allen Blakemore, a political consultant based out of Houston, confirmed that the “Boats ‘N Hoes” PAC, originally registered by…

Homeless man straps GoPro camera to his chest to film his life in tech-heavy San Francisco

A self-described “entrepreneur and sociologist” has teamed up with a homeless man in San Francisco to use technology to combat what they describe as a tech-based lack of compassion. “People are losing their social skills,” Adam Reichart says in a video showing him attempting to get donations from passers-by on…

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