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Geraldo Rivera: Jury would have shot Trayvon ‘a lot sooner than George Zimmerman’

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday asserted that prosecutors in Florida had been pressured by MSNBC host Al Sharpton and “race politics” to bring a weak case against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. As the the defense was preparing to present its…

Former Republican strategist: GOP needs to ‘de-kookify’ itself to be taken seriously

Thursday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the Republican Party’s bizarre intransigence when it comes to embracing the kookier elements within itself, including birthers, conspiracy theorists and zealots of all persuasions. She welcomed former campaign strategist from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s 2008 presidential run, Steve Schmidt,…

Watch live: George Zimmerman trial

George Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Editor’s note: This is a live feed of a criminal trial and may contain graphic imagery and language that could offend some viewers. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 12.…

Pennsylvania man arrested for recording his teen son setting a 7-year-old boy on fire

A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly dousing a 7-year-old boy with nail polish remover and then letting his son light the boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 35, of Saxonburg was dating the boy’s mother, according to local media reports. The boy said Myers’ two sons, ages 15…

Father: Son doing ‘really well’ despite being jailed for months over Facebook joke

The father of a teen in Texas who was arrested over a macabre joke on Facebook told MSNBC on Thursday his son was doing surprisingly well. Justin Carter, 19, was arrested in February and charged him with making a terroristic threat after he joked about shooting up a school on…

San Diego mayor confesses to sexually harassing women but doesn’t resign

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner acknowledged on Thursday he “failed to fully respect” his female employees and promised to participate in sexual harassment training. The Democratic mayor, however, stopped short of saying he would resign from office. Three political allies of Filner this week accused the 70-year-old mayor of sexually…

Tempers flare as Republicans boo Rep. Corrine Brown for shaming them over food stamp cuts

Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday threatened to strike a Democratic representative’s words from the record and then booed her after she shamed them for cutting food stamp funding from the farm bill. “The Bible says, to whom much is given, much is required,” Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)…

Gohmert repeatedly shouts ‘Objection!’ to silence claims food stamp cuts hurt hungry families

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday objected over and over again in order to keep statements out of the congressional record that accused Republicans of hurting working families by taking food stamps out of the farm bill. Before a vote could be taken on the Republican farm bill that drops…

Pat Robertson urges LGBT people to ‘come out’ as straight

Appearing on “The 700 Club” Thursday, television preacher and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson assured his viewers that gay people are not really gay, they’re just confused due to “chromosomal damage” they suffered as children, and urged his LGBT viewers to “come out” as straight people. “I am very…

‘Boston Strangler’ to be exhumed for new DNA evidence in slayings

Advances in DNA testing technology are helping investigators definitively connect the man who confessed to being the Boston Strangler to one of his victims, said Boston police on Thursday. According to the Associated Press, Albert H. DeSalvo’s body will be exhumed to collect DNA evidence that could finally answer whether…

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