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Rep. Bobby Rush: A hoodie doesn’t make you a hoodlum

After being cut off on House floor for defiantly wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) appeared on CNN to discuss how the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin hit close to home. “Trayvon Martin lies dead, partially because he was a black man wearing a hoodie in a…

Ohio lawmaker decries ‘hypocrisy’ of ‘vicious’ attacks on women’s health

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) blasted Republicans across the country for pushing legislation aimed at reducing a woman’s access to an abortion. “Are you sick of hearing about lawmakers trying to protect women’s reproductive and sexual health?” she said. “Do you…

In House speech, Rep. Gwen Moore recounts being raped

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on Wednesday recalled her own experiences of being sexually abused during a speech in favor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she said on the House floor. “I know, not only as a legislator, but…

KKK member arrested for ‘menacing’ black man with gun at Ohio march

A member of the Ku Klux Klan was arrested in Mount Victory, Ohio over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot a black man during a march. Kevin Allan Gibbs, 22, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the…

Lou Dobbs accuses Obama of encouraging Treyvon Martin controversy

A solicitation published this week to micro-blogging service Twitter by the Obama campaign, promoting Obama 2012 sweatshirts and other apparel, was seemingly too much for two Obama critics to endure without comment. Appearing on Fox Business last night, former CNN pundit Lou Dobbs accused President Barack Obama of creating and…

Tucker Carlson calls black lawmakers ‘professional race-baiters’

Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson says that “professional race-baiters” like some African-American lawmakers and President Barack Obama are making a mistake by injecting race into the death of Trayvon Martin. Fox News host Martha MacCallum played clips of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) speaking out…

O’Donnell panel to Joe Oliver: ‘You don’t know’ Zimmerman

Joe Oliver, the man who has publicly defended Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, endured a contentious interview on MSNBC’s The Last Word Tuesday evening, admitting that his role in the story “doesn’t make sense.” Host Lawrence O’Donnell and New York Times columnist Charles Blow criticized Oliver by questioning how close…

GOP cuts off Rep. Bobby Rush for wearing hoodie on House floor

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives shut down a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus after he donned a hooded sweatshirt in honor of a Florida teen who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch leader. During his morning remarks on Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) observed…

LGBT activist: NOM is both racially divisive and completely ineffective

On Tuesday night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the Human Rights Campaign’s legal director Brian Moulton was on hand to discuss yesterday’s revelations about the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and its willingness to embrace racially divisive tactics to achieve its goal of denying marriage equality to same-sex couples. NOM is…

Romney: Uninsured with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday insisted that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law should be overturned and that people with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage if they had never had insurance before. During an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show, host Jay Leno told Romney that he…

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