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Scarborough warns Republicans: Don’t embrace George Zimmerman as a hero

George Zimmerman’s recent visit to a gun factory had Republican MSNBC host Joe Scarborough concerned on Monday about him being taken in by his party. “This is not a man that Republicans should embrace as a hero,” Scarborough said of Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murder in July…

Colin Powell questions the legitimacy of Zimmerman verdict

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (R) questioned the legitimacy — and relevance — of the jury verdict in the Trayvon Martin case on CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday. The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff began by saying that he found the verdict in the trial…

Police shoot dead California man suspected of killing mother before firing at neighbors from a tractor

Police in Simi Valley, California shot and killed a 29-year-old man suspected of shooting his own mother dead before shooting randomly in his neighborhood while riding a tractor. KCBS-TV reported that Ryan Carnan’s brother informed authorities on Saturday that Carnan admitted on the phone to killing their mother, identified by…

MLK on NBC in ’63: ‘The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of anemic democracy’

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins sat with a panel of reporters on Meet the Press. NBC broadcast the show three days before King delivered the historic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington. In retrospect, the questions…

Zurich debates merits of drive-in ‘sex boxes’ as way to regulate prostitution

Some places try to drive away prostitution. Others build a driveway for it. Swiss citizens are divided over the country’s first attempt at a “sex drive in” in Zurich as a means of regulating and controlling prostitution near the city’s tourist and commercial district outside the city center. Prostitution is…

Prison reform advocates: ‘The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed’

Sentencing reform in the criminal justice system emerged as a major theme from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, an issue highlighted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposals to review and alter the sentencing process for drug convictions. Panelists discussed the proposals and the conditions leading…

Media critic: Al Jazeera appealing because it’s not identified with corporate interests

The Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera is an important contributor to the political landscape of the United States, according to the media critic for The Baltimore Sun. “We have had a narrowing of the conversation about democracy, especially on television,” David Zurawik said Sunday on CNN. “Throughout the media, we’ve…

Raw Story’s mock ‘This is CNN’ ad: Fareed finds out if his butt looks better in Spanx

Raw Story put together a mock “This is CNN” ad for the network free of charge after host Fareed Zakaria decided that interviewing the creator of Spanx underwear was more important than the conflict in Syria and other world events. Your welcome, CNN.…

George Will: Single moms more dangerous for minorities than a lack of rights

Conservative columnist George Will asserted on Sunday that single mothers actually presented a bigger threat to minority communities than a lack of voting rights. During a segment on ABC’s This Week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington for civil rights, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile noted that…

Jindal: Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage

Louisiana Gov. Bobbie Jindal (R) has blamed minorities who refuse to give up their “separateness” for the continuation of racism in America. In a Politico op-ed marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Jindal noted that racism was “one of the…

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