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Colorado GOP state senator ducks questions from Aurora victim’s father

The father of one of the victims of the July 2012 mass shooting in Colorado told Talking Points Memo on Friday that his state’s Senate Minority Leader, Bill Cadman (R), rebuffed him while sharing pictures of his son. “I walked right up to him, and I handed him one of…

Texas man builds fake graveyard to keep homeless off property

A Houston landlord has constructed a fake cemetery to keep local homeless people from loitering on his property. The small green space is located in the shadow of some of Houston’s tallest buildings, but also close to a known homeless encampment. After years people sleeping on the lot, the man…

Scientists to Moyers: Lead poisoning ‘doesn’t kill anymore’ but there are new ‘troubling problems’

Bill Moyers took on the regulatory failures that led to lead poisoning when he interviewed David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz about their new book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. “As long as there are insufficient checks and balances on big business and its…

Rangel to IRS official: Citizens United was ‘invitation… for abuse’ of the tax code

The outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service commissioner on Friday told Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that applications for 501(c)4 groups had doubled since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling, which opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations. “The applications for this type of corporation increased dramatically, did it not?”…

Student, masked intruder killed in home invasion at sorority house near Hofstra University

A home invasion had a deadly ending this morning near Hofstra University, after a masked man reportedly forced his way into an off-campus sorority house and demanded money. The New York Daily News reports that the man forced his way into the house shortly before 2:30 am and found three…

Papa John’s delivery man busted for selling a kilo of cocaine to cops while on the job

Ramon Rodriguez of Brooklyn was arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling a kilo of cocaine to undercover officers for $27,500 while on a delivery run for his employer, Papa John’s. CNN reports that officers say that Rodriguez sold them $40,000 worth of cocaine over the course of the investigation, some of…

‘F*cking right-wing’ Toronto mayor reportedly seen smoking crack on video

Reporters from the Toronto Star newspaper claim to have seen video of conservative Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking a drug that appears to be crack cocaine. A report in the Star published Thursday details the investigation of the video, conducted by reporters Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan. “Working with my…

Colbert: How dare you cast aspersions on Louie Gohmert’s asparagus!

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert replayed one of the stranger moments from Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday. At the end of a heated exchange with holder, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) accused the AG of attempting to “cast aspersions on my asparagus.” “Folks,…

Stewart mocks horse-race media for ‘attention span of a concussed goldfish’

As President Barack Obama fights himself on a three-and-a-half-year long “race up shit’s creek,” Jon Stewart pointed out, his best hope would be the fact that Beltway media, cursed by “the attention span of a concussed goldfish,” was already laying out predictions for the 2016 elections, despite the fact that…

Report: Republicans were source of bogus Benghazi quotes

Republicans provided the erroneous quotes linked to White House emails regarding how to address the September 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, CBS News reported on Thursday. According to the report by chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, a quote leaked on May 10 attributed to then-Deputy National…

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