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Federal judge stays application of Arkansas’ restrictive 12-week abortion ban

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright issued an injunction against Arkansas’ recently-passed ban on abortions after 12 weeks, pending the results of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights. The ACLU of Arkansas’s legal director Holly Dickson said in a statement, “This law is aimed…

Justice Department reveals that it lost track of two suspected terrorists in witness protection

In a disturbing report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, investigators admitted that in 2012 the Department of Justice had lost track of two suspected terrorists give new identities as part of its witness protection program — and eventually determined that they had left the…

Student, masked intruder killed in home invasion at sorority house near Hofstra University

A home invasion had a deadly ending this morning near Hofstra University, after a masked man reportedly forced his way into an off-campus sorority house and demanded money. The New York Daily News reports that the man forced his way into the house shortly before 2:30 am and found three…

Papa John’s delivery man busted for selling a kilo of cocaine to cops while on the job

Ramon Rodriguez of Brooklyn was arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling a kilo of cocaine to undercover officers for $27,500 while on a delivery run for his employer, Papa John’s. CNN reports that officers say that Rodriguez sold them $40,000 worth of cocaine over the course of the investigation, some of…

Seminarian expelled for being gay became a sperm donor for lesbians constrained by anti-gay donation rules

Markus K. didn’t set out in life to father 24 children. He set out to be a priest — but that dream came to an end in 1994, when someone reported to his seminary that he was gay, and they threw him out. He told Munich’s Abenzeitung, “My life hit…

Judge blasts Obama administration request for a stay to his Plan B as ‘alternative reality’

Judge Edward Korman of the Eastern District of New York gave no quarter to the Administration in his ruling this morning declining to issue a stay to his April ruling that made emergency contraceptives available over the counter pending the outcome of the Administration’s appeal. Korman not only repeated his…

Dennis Rodman: ‘Obama can’t do sh*t’ about American prisoner in North Korea

Dennis Rodman is planning another trip to North Korea — but it’s not just for the attention this time. Instead, he says he’s going to try to get American Kenneth Bae released — since, he says, President Obama won’t. Bae, who was born Pae Jun Ho in South Korea, was…

Malcom X’s grandson Malcolm Shabazz killed in an apparent robbery attempt in Mexico

Malcolm Shabazz, the once-troubled grandson of Malcolm X, was killed in Mexico this week. While a statement was first issued via Twitter and Facebook by Shabazz family friend and public relations professional (for whom Shabazz once worked) Terrie Williams, Talking Points Memo’s Hunter Walker confirmed it separately with Shabazz’s friend…

Dear MSNBC: 5 other things it’s not too early to talk about if it’s not too early to start talking about 2016

Look, I get it. If it’s not too early to talk about the horse race in 2016 (and I’m not talking about the 2016 Kentucky Derby, though I might as well be), then what does MSNBC have to talk about? I mean, it’s not like the government does anything other…

WATCH LIVE: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry address NRA Leadership Forum

Watch live as conservative lawmakers past and present address attendees at the NRA’s annual leadership forum, courtesy of NBC News:…

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