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‘Baltimore Spectator’ speaks out after release on weapons charge

James MacArthur, the Baltimore blogger who broadcast his standoff with police live from his home in December 2012, told WBFF-TV he is still wary of his city’s police department following his release after a five-month jail stint. “We just need to call Baltimore a Constitution-free zone,” said MacArthur, who was…

Oakland hires third police chief in three days

The Oakland Police Department installed its third chief in three days on Friday, as members of the City Council complained they were being kept out of the loop on the tumult in the department. KNTV-TV reported that Deputy Chief Sean Whent, head of the department’s Risk Management bureau, was sworn…

Maher slams Fox News’ Benghazi coverage: ‘I still don’t know what the scandal is’

Bill Maher accused Fox News of playing up the September 2012 attack on an American consulate building in Libya during the panel discussion on Real Time on Friday. “If you watch Fox News, this story was like, ‘They saved Hitler’s brain’ times ‘Men walk on the moon’ — it was…

Jay Smooth: Now is not the time to auto-tune Charles Ramsey

While the saying “now is not the time” is often used regarding politically-based analysis of public events, hip-hop activist and DJ Jay Smooth pointed out on Wednesday, the ongoing story of Charles Ramsey called for a special addendum to that rule. “Now is not the for auto-tune,” he pleaded. “Can…

Report: Sebelius asking health industry for help with Obamacare

Faced with repeated congressional interference, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone to the health care industry and other civic leaders for financial help in promoting the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post reported on Friday. Sebelius has allegedly reached out to industry executives, church groups and…

Theater uses fake gunmen for ‘Iron Man 3′ publicity stunt

While a movie theater in Jefferson City, Missouri issued a public apology on Friday for using fake gunmen during a showing of Iron Man 3, the theater’s manager said he did not regret the promotional tactic, despite complaints from customers. KMIZ-TV reported on Thursday that viewers called police after spotting…

Co-author of conservative anti-immigration report resigns

The co-author of a conservative think tank’s report accusing Latino immigrants of having a “substantially lower” average IQ than white Americans resigned on Friday. According to The Washington Post, the Heritage Foundation confirmed that Jason Richwine left the organization in the wake of bipartisan criticism of the report, which said…

Longtime activist tells Moyers: ‘There was too much readiness’ to leave reform up to Obama

Longtime civic activist Marshall Ganz told Bill Moyers on Friday that President Barack Obama’s charisma during his first electoral run might have contributed to a misreading of the circumstances he encountered in his first term. “I think there’s plenty of responsibility to go around,” said Ganz, who took part in…

Report: ‘Mounting evidence’ tying Boston bombing suspects to 2011 murders

Authorities in Massachusetts believe there is “mounting evidence” linking the two suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing to an unsolved triple-murder case in Waltham, Massachusetts. ABC News reported on Friday that early forensic evidence and cell phone records put Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the area around Sept.…

Top Air Force commander blames ‘hookup culture’ for rise in military sexual assault

The top commander in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) suggested on Tuesday that the rise in reported sexual assaults against military service members was caused by a more permissive social climate, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Some of it is the hookup mentality of junior high even and high school…

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