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ACLU report confirms nonwhites make up most of marijuana arrests

Authorities were nearly 400 percent more likely to arrest people of color than whites for marijuana-related offenses, according to a report released Monday (PDF) by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), despite similar usage rates between 2001 and 2010. The report, compiled using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations…

Carrboro mayor among 150 arrested protesting North Carolina legislature

Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton was one of 151 people arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building on Monday to protest what they said was an overreach by the Republican-controlled state government. For weeks, protesters have been participating in civil disobedience as part of “Moral Mondays.” North Carolina NAACP president Rev.…

Maddow: Get ready for ‘long, hot, stupid summer’ with Republicans in Congress

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the “long, hot, stupid summer” we can look forward to on Capitol Hill. With the IRS legally unable to defend itself and subpoena powers in the hands of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the White House and Democrats…

Watch live: Senate holds hearing on military sexual assault

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on legislation relating to sexual assaults in the military. Watch the hearing, broadcast via NBC News on June 4.…

Two white Texas officers fired for beating black woman over $150 fine

Two police officers in Texas have been fired after they were caught on video beating a woman who was being arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket. In an interview with KBMT last week, 25-year-old Keyarika “Shea” Diggles said that Jasper Officer Ricky Grissom was polite at first, allowing her to…

Colbert lauds Internet wifi-ready rifle that lets ‘your gun make Facebook friends’

Stephen Colbert returned to the Colbert Report desk Monday night “pumped as a 12-gauge” about a breakthrough in modern weaponry: a rifle that not only tracks your target for you, but helps you post the kill on your Facebook page. “Now you’ll be able to continue to track your prey,…

Jon Stewart ‘audits’ the IRS: ‘Where’s your receipts, a**holes?’

Monday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart discussed the irony of the IRS being under scrutiny for supposedly reckless spending and its targeting of tea party political groups. Stewart, incensed by the alleged improprieties, said to the IRS, “Where’s your receipts, assholes?” “Sucks to get audited, doesn’t it?”…

Ted Cruz pushes for flat tax but wants to abolish the IRS

Monday on Fox News Channel, Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX) said that the U.S. should abolish the Internal Revenue Service and charge everyone in the country a “flat tax.” “We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our…

Glenn Beck: My listeners are ‘civil rights leaders’ who will ‘save the nation’

Fashioning himself as a kind of new wave civil rights prophet on Monday, conspiracy talk show host Glenn Beck predicted that his “long term” listeners would rise up and become “civil rights leaders” themselves before going on to “save the nation” from an unspecified threat. “Things are going to get…

Secret Service: Man wrote ‘KKK forever’ and threatened to shoot Obamas

A West Virginia man was being held in jail on Monday after he threatened the life of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a letter filled with racial slurs. WTRF first reported that Ryan Kirker of McMechen had been charged with sending the threatening letter in April…

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