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Obama: Victims of gun violence ‘deserve a simple vote’ on gun control

Obama used his State of the Union address to challenge both House Republicans to call a vote and Senate Republicans to allow a vote on his proposed gun control measures. “Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress,” he told them. “If you want to vote no, that’s your…

Watch live: Sen. Rand Paul gives the Tea Party rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union

Watch Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) give the official Tea Party rebuttal to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union, courtesy of Tea Party Express. [Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addresses the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C. Photo: Flickr user Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons licensed.]…

Watch live: President Obama presents his 2013 State of the Union to Congress

Watch the live enhanced broadcast delivered by the White House below, which includes both pre-speech videos, in-speech charts, graphs, and data the White House says will explain the policies President Obama will discuss and a live panel post-speech with White House experts to which viewers may submit questions via Twitter…

Nevada state senator booted from legislature after threatening his wife

Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 40, is not welcome in the state legislature anymore following his arrest Sunday for allegedly threatening his wife. Brooks was arrested January 19 on a felony charge after allegedly threatening Assembly Democratic Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, then detained by police several days later on a…

Republican-backed for-profit school caught deleting bad student grades

A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.” A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from…

Officials probe Arizona ‘checkpoint’ that detained immigrants attending Obama speech

The police chief in Peoria, Arizona has launched an investigation into what activists are calling a “de facto immigration checkpoint” that nabbed young immigrants attending a speech President Barack Obama delivered on immigration reform last month. “It was a de facto immigration checkpoint,” Respeto executive director Lydia Guzman recently explained…

Michael Moore and journalist Hedges: Obama drone memo to ‘legally justify what they’re already doing’

Appearing at a recent forum with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said that the Obama administration’s recently released legal memo on its drone assassination program is really just an attempt to justify what they were already doing. “It looks like it’s written by a first-year law…

Group uses Bible to justify destroying assault rifles to make garden tools

A Colorado group promoting social justice and sustainability is using the Bible as justification for recycling assault rifles to create garden tools. The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission on Monday announced that it was partnering with Mike Martin of RAWtools — which is “war” spelled backwards — to launch…

2 dead in murder-suicide at University of Maryland

A University of Maryland student shot his two roommates, one fatally, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. The New York Times reported that the three roommates were arguing in the front yard of their house near the university’s College Park campus opened fire. According to WJLA…

Feminist nun: Pope’s reprimand was blessing in disguise for U.S. nuns

Monday night on Current TV’s “Viewpoint,” host John Fugelsang welcomed Sister Simone Campbell, one of the “nuns on the bus,” who has spoken out on a number of issues, from women’s health to the perils of austerity budgets, often placing her at odds with Papal and Catholic Church doctrine. Outgoing…

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