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Ted Cruz: Republicans repealing Obamacare to help African-Americans and Hispanics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that Republicans are working to defund and repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law in order to help African-Americans and Hispanics. In an interview with CNN that aired on Sunday, Cruz told host Candy Crowley that he was “not convinced” that the president would…

California wildfire still burning out of control and threatens Yosemite redwoods

Nearly 200 square miles of California is on fire Saturday, with smoke from the Stanislaus National Forest wafting as far as San Francisco, 200 miles west. Firefighters estimate that they’ve only contained about 5 percent of the fire, and is large enough to create its own weather patterns, making it…

Rep. John Lewis at the March on Washington: ‘I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote’

Invoking the legacy of the bloody assault he endured in Selma, Ala., Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) used the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington to call upon Congress to fix the provisions of the Voting Rights Act invalidated earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I gave…

South Carolina restaurant ejected African-American customers when white person felt ‘threatened’

A group of customers at a Wild Wing restaurant in Charleston, SC were forced to wait two hours for their table and then were ultimately denied service on the basis of their race. According to Charleston’s WNEW Channel 5, the group of 25 African-Americans were asked to leave because a…

Maddow: GOP overreach has re-energized the civil rights movement

In the clip embedded below, Rachel Maddow discussed how Republican attempts to restrict voting access for traditionally Democratic constituencies has re-energized and given new focus to the civil rights movement. As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom approaches, voting rights organizations and advocates are…

In an Armadggedon-like video, NASA outlines its controversial Asteroid Retrieval Mission

In this NASA concept art, an asteroid is snagged and bagged as part of the agency’s controversial Asteroid Retrie(NASA) NASA has released a new concept video that animates its ambitious plan, called the Asteroid Retrieval Mission, to snag an asteroid…  …

Jerry Brown declares California state of emergency as huge Yosemite wildfire rages

A huge wildfire raged unchecked near California’s famous Yosemite National Park, threatening thousands of homes as officials declared a state of emergency. The blaze — named the “Rim Fire” — erupted last Saturday in the Stanislaus National Forest to the west of Yosemite, one of the most popular tourist attractions…

WATCH LIVE: 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton, and others gather five decades after Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, mounting the same steps at the Lincoln Memorial to lead the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Watch a live…

Russian journalist gives a snapshot of gay life in Russia

Russian politicians are beginning to squirm under international scrutiny around their anti-gay legislation, but not enough yet to change, a prominent gay journalist told NBC on Friday. A campaign of anti-gay hate reminiscent of fascist propaganda has been consciously promoted by the Kremlin in the last couple of years, and…

Prisoner hunger striker demands end to indefinite detention in Pelican Bay’s supermax cells

Lawyers for a hunger-striking prisoner in Pelican Bay released audio describing the demands of the remaining hunger strikers protesting indefinite solitary confinement in the California prison. Todd Ashker, a prisoner sentenced to life for killing an inmate, has been imprisoned in the “supermax” solitary confinement cells of Pelican Bay for…

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