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Democrat seeks to defund Obama’s expansive war powers

A Democratic congressman on Wednesday offered an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would end the legal cornerstone of the “war on terror.” Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) amendment would prohibit the use of funds pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) effective on December 31,…

WATCH LIVE: Trayvon Martin’s father addresses the Congressional Black Caucus

Watch Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, appear at the Congressional Black Caucus’ hearing on “Black Men on Boys.” He joined Georgetown University sociology professor and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, former Congressional Black Caucus Chair and former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, and David Johns, the Executive Director of…

Virginia man admits to embezzling $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist

A Virginia man pled guilty on Tuesday to federal wire fraud charges after admitting to embezzling $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. The Associated Press reported that Getty Andrew Rothenberg confessed to stealing cash out of the musician’s bank accounts and using credit lines in Tinsley’s name while…

Second accuser: San Diego mayor Filner ‘patted my posterior’

Another woman has come forward with allegations that San Diego, California’s Mayor Bob Filner (D) sexually harassed her. According to Talking Points Memo, political strategist Laura Fink told KPBS that the mayor touched her “posterior” in front of a group of guests at a fundraising event in 2005. Fink worked…

Nugent: Stevie Wonder’s Florida boycott inspired by drug abuse

Speaking to right-wing talk show host and occasional Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros on Tuesday, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent declared that musicians like Stevie Wonder, who plan to boycott the state of Florida in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, are brain-damaged from a lifetime of drug…

Beck wears condom glove and ‘birth control nose ring’ to mock MSNBC host

Looking a bit like a homeless re-imagining of horror movie icon Freddy Krueger, right-wing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck appeared on his Blaze TV Internet show Monday sporting a beard, rolling condoms onto his fingers and taping a birth control pill to his nose in an apparent effort to mock MSNBC…

Watch live: Obama delivers speech on economy in Illinois

President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the state of America’s economy from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. Watch live, broadcast on July 24.…

Rescuers called in as man drunkenly swims from Canada to U.S. and back

A Canadian man is sorry for the ruckus he caused after he chugged eight beers and swam across the Detroit River and back, prompting rescue personnel to turn out three boats and a helicopter to search for him. According to the Windsor Star, 47-year-old John Morillo of Windsor, Ontario denied…

North Carolina poised to massively restrict voting access for poor and minority voters

North Carolina’s Republican-heavy General Assembly will consider a bill on Wednesday that would impose multiple restrictions on the voting process, including both state-mandated photo identifications and the curtailing of both early voting and same-day voter registration. WTVD-TV reported that the bill would also increase the maximum individual campaign contribution from…

O’Reilly blasts ‘civil rights industry’ as nothing but a ‘hustle’ and ‘BS’

On Tuesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly attacked African-Americans yet again, saying that groups working for equal rights in the U.S. are a “hustle,” and exhorted National Urban League President Mark Morial to “stop the B.S., stop the diversions” and admit that he is right, that there is something…

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