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Republican senator defends tax breaks for corporate jet owners

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas on Thursday defended the so-called “corporate jet loophole,” which provides special tax deductions for the owners of private jets. President Barack Obama has called for the corporate jet tax break and similar deductions, such as those for yacht owners, to be eliminated as part…

Man sentenced to read lynching essay in ‘peace circle’ for attacking black teen with noose

An Illinois man on Wednesday was sentenced to two years of probation and told to write an essay about lynching after he assaulted an African-American teen with a noose in 2011. In January, Chicago police arrested 19-year-old Matthew Herrmann for putting a noose around the neck of a Brother Rice…

Pat Robertson: My prayers are ‘going to supply a million dollars’ to someone

On Thursday’s episode of CBN’s religious talk show “The 700 Club,” televangelist and conservative icon Pat Robertson declared that the Christian deity figure had subconsciously told him that one lucky viewer of Robertson’s program will be made a millionaire through the power of Christ. “God is going to supply a…

Pelosi rips into Boehner’s desire to ‘pink slip’ Americans in budget negotiations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday blamed Republicans for doing nothing to stop automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester, which she said would disproportionately impact women and that Americans “might as well get a pink slip” directly from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “Tomorrow is fraught with…

Parents of transgender first-grader sue after school blocked girls’ bathroom use

The family of a Colorado transgender girl has filed a discrimination suit after her school ordered her to stop using the girls’ bathroom. According to CNN, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis, parents of first-grader Coy Mathis, have filed suit against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. “In the end we just…

Rep. Gwen Moore slams Republicans for cutting minority women out of anti-domestic violence legislation

Update: The House voted to pass the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday with a vote of 286-138, CNN reported. Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D) spoke passionately on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday as the legislative body prepares to take up the…

Texas school worker shot during district-sponsored gun training

A school employee in east Texas was shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety training class that was designed to get more guns in public schools. The Tyler Morning Telegraph on Thursday reported that Van Independent School District school board member Leslie Goode confirmed that “there was an accident…

Minnesota Republican rep.: LGBT ‘lifestyle’ is ‘an unhealthy, sexual addiction’

Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) says that he opposes marriage rights for LGBT people because he believes that homosexuality is a choice and a “sexual addiction.” Supporters of same sex marriage in Minnesota on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marriage equality after voters defeated a GOP effort to…

Colbert: Gitmo trials designed by Bush, implemented by Obama, inspired by Kafka

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert revealed that some external agency is controlling the media’s access to information at the military tribunal of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001. Colbert opened the segment on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s…

Gun owner fires at Walmart shoplifter to ‘mark’ him for police

A gun owner in Florida was arrested on Wednesday after he opened fire at a suspected Walmart shoplifter because he said he felt threatened and wanted to “mark” the man’s car for police. As unarmed 42-year-old Eddie McKee allegedly ran from an Orange City Walmart with stolen merchandise, 35-year-old Jose…

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