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Republican senator: Filibustering gun debate encourages debate

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah on Wednesday defended his threat to filibuster the debate on any gun control bill. Lee has joined twelve other Republicans who vowed to prevent the Senate from bringing up gun control bills for consideration. But several Republicans have also stated their intention to vote…

Atlanta gunman killed after holding fire fighters hostage

A gunman was shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon after holding four fire fighters hostage in Suwanee, Georgia, about 35 miles from Atlanta. A SWAT team responded to the incident and raided the man’s home after he refused to release the captives. The fire fighters suffered minor injuries and one…

Rep. Joe Barton: Biblical ‘Great Flood’ shows climate change isn’t man made

Republican Texas Rep. Joe Barton on Wednesday dismissed concerns that the Keystone XL pipeline could contribute to climate change, citing the biblical flood myth described in the book of Genesis as evidence that climate change was not man made. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski obtained video of Barton speaking to the House…

Native American Moyers guest: ‘Indians have no cultural power’

In a preview clip from this weekend’s “Moyers and Company”, Native American author Sherman Alexie discussed how it feels to be born in the United States, but not of it. The Blasphemy author talked about the curious sense of cultural dislocation that comes from being an alien in one’s own…

Evangelical lawyer: Atheists want to ‘finish the job’ terrorists started on 9/11

An evangelical lawyer and professor from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University on Wednesday warned that atheists were trying to “finish the job” that terrorists started when they attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2011. On Wednesday’s Faith and Freedom broadcast from Liberty Counsel, host Matt Starver and Liberty University law…

Rand Paul to black student: Bringing up GOP voter suppression ‘demeans’ Civil Rights movement

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accused a black Howard University student of demeaning the civil rights movement by bringing up recent GOP efforts to limit voting accessibility. “The Republican Party has been using their state legislators and their governments to prevent African-Americans from voting, because they didn’t want to re-elect President…

Montana Rep. insists ‘no homophobic issues here’ as he votes against decriminalizing gay sex

A Montana Republican state representative insisted Tuesday that “there’s no homophobic issues here,” even as he prepared to cast a vote to continue applying felony criminal penalties to LGBT people, simply for being who they are. Explaining why he planned to vote against SB 107, which seeks to amend the…

Connecticut sen. lashes out at NRA: What kind of liberty did Newtown kids have?

Connecticut Sen. Chris Brown (D) on Wednesday made an emotion plea on the Senate floor for lawmakers to come to an agreement and pass new gun control legislation following last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. “This country has gotten so callously used to gun violence,…

Bachmann aides shove reporters in flight from ethics questions

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was rushed out of a press conference on Tuesday afternoon after reporters began asking about an ethics investigation into her failed presidential campaign, leading to aides shoving reporters out of the way as they fled. Photos of the reaction were published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune,…

Circus elephant targeted in Mississippi drive-by shooting

Officials with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus say that Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, is expected to fully recover after being hit by a bullet during a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Mississippi. “The elephant has sustained at least one bullet wound between her ear and, I guess…

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