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Texas Republicans pass anti-abortion bill — or do they? Filibuster ends in chaos

Republicans in the Texas Senate halted a filibuster conducted by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) on Tuesday night, but Democrats continued to delay a vote on the bill until midnight. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s…

McCain: We’ll make border with Mexico look like ‘the Berlin Wall’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that the Senate should include an amendment for increased border security in its new bipartisan immigration reform bill. In video featured by Talking Points Memo, McCain said that the amendment, proposed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) would make the border…

John Lewis: ‘These men’ on the Supreme Court never had to pass a literacy test

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Tuesday blasted conservative justices on the United States Supreme Court after they struck down a part of a law intended to prevent the type of voter suppression that he was fighting against when he had his skull fractured during protests in the 1960s. In a…

TV station recovers Florida man’s zombie drone

An accidental discovery by an Orlando television station employee could lead to changes in a Florida state law regarding voyeurism. WKMG-TV reported on Monday that an employee came across a small unmanned drone after it crashed into a tree, which the station later determined was built by a local student,…

Fired teacher to testify on protecting victims of domestic violence

Former Catholic school teacher Carie Charlesworth will testify before California lawmakers on Tuesday urging them to pass a bill that would protect domestic violence victims like her from being fired from their jobs because of it. KNSD-TV reported that Charlesworth will speak before the state Judiciary Committee at 11 a.m.…

Watch live: Obama announces major climate change initiative

President Obama unveils plan for reducing carbon pollution in a speech at Georgetown University. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on June 25. [US President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in March 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. A Canadian firm has reapplied for a…

Three people detained after ambush on LAPD detectives

(Reuters) – Two undercover Los Angeles police detectives were wounded early Tuesday after a suspect suddenly opened fire on their vehicle near their station, police officials said. The vehicle was struck several times, and the officers returned fire, said Officer Bruce Borihanh. The suspect fled on foot, he added. They…

Beck: Food Network guilty of ‘un-American’ McCarthism for firing Paula Deen

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is accusing the Food Network of McCarthyism after it fired celebrity cook Paula Deen over her admitted use of racial slurs. Wearing what appeared to be a Boy Scout uniform on his Monday Internet broadcast, Beck said that Deen “doesn’t sound racist.” “When you go…

Right-wing talk show host: Obama is a ‘wussy’ gay man who wants to wear ‘drag’

During a recent interview with anti-feminist leader Phyllis Schlafly, host of a right-wing online talk show exclaimed that he thinks President Barack Obama is “a wussy guy” who was “involved with homosexuality” and would probably wear “drag” if he thought he could get away with it. “Barack Obama, and I…

Georgia required woman to get vaginal exam to correct birth certificate error

A 37-year-old Georgia woman says that she was humiliated when the state told her she would need to have her vagina probed to prove she was a woman before she could renew her driver’s license. Nakia Grimes told WAGA that she never had a reason to notice that her birth…

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