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5-year-old shoots self in head after being locked alone in home

A New Orleans mother is facing murder charges after her 5-year-old daughter, who was locked their home alone, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Investigators told WWLTV that 28-year-old Laderika Smth admitted that a gun was in the home where she had left her daughter while she…

Texas Republicans ram through anti-abortion legislation in dead of night

Update: The Texas House rushed through final approval of the bill on Monday morning. It now heads to the Senate for reconciliation before final passage. Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives voted in the wee hours of Monday morning to cut off a marathon 15-hour debate over a bill…

Paul Ryan: ‘I didn’t support the farm bill’ but Democrats are to blame for its defeat

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday admitted that he voted against the farm bill, but insisted that Democrats were to blame for the bill’s surprise failure. “I didn’t support the farm bill,” Ryan told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “The Democrats promised 40 votes and they didn’t deliver the votes that they…

Transgender 6-year-old wins right to use girls’ bathroom at Colorado school

A 6-year-old transgender girl in Colorado was granted the right to use the girls’ bathroom at her school, KUSA-TV reported on Sunday. In the first ruling of its kind in the U.S., the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) ruled in favor of Coy Mathis, who was born a boy but…

Texas lawmakers debate closing nearly all the state’s abortion clinics

The Texas House of Representatives spent Sunday night debating debating legislation that will close all but five of the state’s abortion clinics and prohibit abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. Sunday’s debate is expected to progress into the night, following days of protests kicked off by the Senate voting 20-10…

Equality House holds first gay wedding across the street from Westboro Baptist Church

On Saturday night, Kimberly Kidwell married Katie Short on the front lawn of the Equality House — which happens to be across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. The Topeka, Kan. wedding location was no accident. Kidwell and Short said their vows in front of the rainbow-striped home owned…

Senator: Russian Prime Minister Putin’s acceptance of Edward Snowden ‘a finger in the eye’ of U.S.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday said he believes Vladimir Putin personally approved allowing NSA leaker Edward Snowden to travel to Moscow, adding that the Russian prime minister had purposefully antagonized the United States. “Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways,” he said, “and Putin always…

Rep. Peter King calls Rand Paul’s remarks on Snowden ‘absolutely disgraceful’

Representative Peter King (R-KY) lashed out at fellow Republican Rand Paul on Sunday over National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden. King said on Fox News the United States should take whatever action necessary to extradite Snowden to the United States. “I think it is important for the American people…

Atlanta mayor: Georgia native Paula Deen’s actions ‘unacceptable’

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke out Sunday while on Meet the Press about Georgia native Paula Deen’s revelations that she had frequently used racial slurs to describe African-Americans. “It’s very unfortunate,” he said, “and completely unacceptable.” “What she’s basically said is she used language from her childhood and growing up…

Rand Paul: History will judge Snowden if he ‘cozies up’ to ‘enemies’

Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday warned National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden that he would be judged harshly by history if he became friendly with “enemies” of the United States. Media reports on Sunday said that Snowden had fled Hong Kong with the ultimate intention of reaching…

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