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Illinois man pays $150,000 legal settlement in truck full of quarters

A man in Williamson County, Illinois pulled a truckload of bags of quarters up to a law office on Wednesday, delivering his share of a court-ordered payment in a wrongful death suit. When asked why he was paying the $150,000 in quarters, Roger Herrin told WSIL-TV, “Because I couldn’t do…

Assange: Manning verdict ‘a collapse of the rule of law’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday blasted the United States for finding Army Private First Class Bradley Manning guilty of leaking thousands of diplomatic cables. In an interview with Vice, Assange said he was “not surprised” by the verdict and that “we succeeded” by overcoming the more serious charges, which…

Watch live: Sentencing for Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro

The sentencing phase begins for Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro who pleaded guilty to more than 900 criminal counts of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 1.…

Rep. Ellison sings adorably for Minnesota marriage equality

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was beaming from ear to ear on Thursday as he played the guitar and sang in his Capitol Hill office to promote a new law legalizing same sex marriage in Minnesota. “This land is your land, this land is my land / From California to the…

Florida education chief resigns after fixing charter school grades for GOP donor

Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday after he was accused of changing a grading system while serving as Indiana school superintendent so that a Republican donor’s charter school would not receive bad marks, according to The Miami Herald. An Associated Press report earlier this week found that…

D.C. ex-gay rally draws fewer than 10 attendees

In spite of organizers’ predictions of thousands of marchers, a rally for the ex-gay movement drew fewer than 10 attendees on Wednesday. According to Right Wing Watch, Sandy Rios of American Family Radio and “ex-gay lobbying day” organizer Christopher Doyle said on Tuesday that “thousands of ex-gays are descending” on…

Georgia State student: Opposing ‘White Student Union’ is ‘ignorant and closed-minded’

The student who is responsible for creating a controversial “White Student Union” at Georgia State University has accused opponents of the group of being “ignorant and closed-minded.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday reported that official at the university had started receiving complaints soon after freshman Patrick Sharp started his club,…

Scarborough: ‘I’m not ashamed to say I love Dick Cheney’

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday suggested that President Barack Obama (D) was still not prepared to lead, and he was “not ashamed to say I love Dick Cheney.” During a discussion about how Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) were part of a…

Rep. Keith Ellison: Taxpayers ‘are subsidizing’ fast food corporations’ minimum wage business model

“We Can’t Survive on $7.25″ (via Moyers & Company) Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little…

Pennsylvania police chief suspended over profanity-laced, anti-liberal gun videos

The Pennsylvania police chief who made a profanity-laced videos while firing machine guns and ranting about liberals has been suspended without pay for 30 days. After a 55-minute executive session, the Gilberton Borough Council voted 5-1 on Wednesday to suspend Chief Mark Kessler for using “borough property for non-borough purposes…

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