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Leahy slams Republican opposition to Violence Against Women Act: ‘A victim is a victim’

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Wednesday slammed Republicans who opposed renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). At a press conference, the co-author of the anti-domestic and sexual violence bill said many House Republicans now realized it was a mistake to allow the bill to die last year. Republicans have…

Rep. Nadler blasts proposal to allow taxpayer funding of churches

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Wednesday “reluctantly” decried legislation that would allow taxpayer money to be used to rebuild or repair houses of worship following a natural disaster. “The purpose of the bill is laudable,” he said on the House floor. “Unfortunately, it has real constitutional problems.” Rep. Chris Smith…

Undocumented immigrant tells Obama: Stop tearing families apart with deportations

The wife and son of a deported undocumented immigrant exhorted President Barack Obama to cut down on his administration’s deportation policy in a video released by an alliance between the Latino advocacy group Cuéntame and other organizations. “For me, the main thing is having the family together,” Josefina Mora said…

‘Pro-life’ group uses Roe v. Wade to defend teen’s ‘choice’ against abortion

An anti-abortion group is using the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision — a ruling that the group vehemently disagrees with — to argue that a Texas teen cannot be forced by her parents to get an abortion because the law gives her a “choice.” Lawyers with the Texas Center…

Journalist’s emotional Senate testimony: When you call me ‘illegal,’ you ‘dehumanize’ me

Journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas recounted his life as an undocumented immigrant on Wednesday in emotional testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, pointing to the family and friends who helped him craft his career in spite of his immigration status. “I am the only one…

Beck: Dorner part of a ‘radical left’ conspiracy for ‘oppressive government’

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck explained to his audience on Tuesday that ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner’s killing spree was part of a plan by “radical progressives” to create an “oppressive government.” As San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were facing off against the suspect holed up in a mountain…

3 arrested in connection with viral video of vicious beating of Newark teen

Police in Newark, NJ arrested three people on Tuesday in connection with a video of a savage beating of a teenage boy. According to the New York Daily News, police acted after the video of the brutal attack went viral, racking up tens of thousands of views. In the video,…

Kentucky pastor calls on Tennessee to return his venomous snakes

A Kentucky pastor says that the state of Tennessee was wrong to confiscate five poisonous snakes that were intended for worship services and he wants them back. Pastor Gregory Coots, who goes by the name Jamie, told WYMT that he was on his way back from purchasing the snakes in…

Watch live: LAPD update on Dorner investigation

Authorities hold a news conference to brief journalists on the latest in the investigation of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner following yesterday’s shootout and cabin fire. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 13. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Jay Smooth: Balancing fun and honesty online ‘is like doing cardio while you eat a burger’

Striking the balance between being informative and being interesting, activist and hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth said in a new commentary, often leads to fighting who he called the “two little haters” in his head. “Trying to make good media and have an honest conversation is like doing cardio while you…

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