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Former narcotics officer: Legalize drugs to prevent police deaths

Appearing on Fox News’ Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano Monday, former Maryland narcotics police officer Neill Franklin compared the U.S. war on drugs to alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s, saying both were a “complete failure.” Franklin added that ending the “senseless” war on drugs would prevent many police officers from…

ACLU: National Defense Authorization Act permits ‘worldwide war without end’

A little noticed provision in the House Armed Services Committee’s National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Section 1034 was added to the bill [PDF] by the…

Jon Stewart to Bill O’Reilly: Fox News is a ‘selective outrage machine’

Appearing on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Jon Stewart said Bill O’Reilly’s objection to the rapper Common’s visit to the White House was overblown. Stewart noted that even Bono wrote a song about Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of killing two FBI agents. Watch video, courtesy of FoxNewsInsider, below: Part…

Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell

Police find illegal drugs after busting into wrong apartment complex The smell of marijuana smoke and sound of evidence being destroyed is enough reason for police to knock down an apartment door and search the place without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an 8-1 decision [PDF],…

Rep. Paul Ryan ‘unlikely’ to run for Senate

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is reportedly not considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). Sources close to Ryan told POLITICO’s David Catanese that the congressman was unlikely to run for the Senate seat. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, said he…

Arkansas man becomes first to be convicted under the federal anti-hate law ‘Shepard Act’

An Arkansas man pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime for his role in chasing a car with five Hispanic men inside until it crashed, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday. Nineteen-year-old…

‘Sovereign citizen’ anti-government movement on the rise

CBS correspondent Byron Pitts reported on a group of Americans calling themselves “sovereign citizens” who don’t pay taxes, carry a driver’s license or hold a Social Security card. There are an estimated 300,000 sovereign citizens in the United States and some in the movement have grown increasingly violent. “What’s driving…

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain defends Afghanistan non-answer

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he did not have enough information to express a clear policy on Afghanistan, but knew the United State’s relationship with Israel should be strengthened. At the Fox News Republican debate in South Carolina two weeks ago, Cain struggled to answer foreign policy…

SNL: Barack Obama’s Osama bin Laden stand-up comedy act

President Barack Obama performs stand-up comedy after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the teaser of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. During his speech, Obama unveiled his new campaign slogan: “Killed bin Laden!” Watch video, courtesy of Hulu, below:…

Tea party groups oppose Arizona ‘tea party’ license plates

A large group of tea party organizations have rejected a new Arizona license plate that is meant to commemorate the movement and help fund it. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) approved the new “tea party” license plates in April, along with 10 other special plates. The “tea party” license plate…

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