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‘This was a safe haven’: Chicago schoolhouse demolished despite community opposition

Supporters of a Chicago community schoolhouse were arrested Saturday morning while protesting the facility’s demolition, as residents vowed to continue pressuring city leaders to live up to financial commitments. WMAQ-TV reported that 10 people were arrested following the demolition of La Casita, as the informal community center was known. Chicago…

Tennessee Republican tells girl her father has to be deported as tea party crowd cheers

A Tennessee tea party Republican congressman told a frightened little girl at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Murfreesboro, TN that laws are laws and that her undocumented father is going to have to be deported. According to ProgressivePopulist.org, 11-year-old Josie Molina told Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R) that she…

Maddow mocks the idea of Limbaugh hosting a GOP debate: ‘Seem like a plan?’

A somewhat amused Rachel Maddow noted on Friday that the GOP’s move to ban CNN and NBC from its future presidential primary debates ran counter to its own advice from earlier this year to be more inclusive and to “stop listening to itself.” “That was the plan for the Republican…

‘Tell him to stop lying!’: Watch another GOP lawmaker get called out over Obamacare

A Florida lawmaker became the latest Republican to be loudly questioned by constituents over his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. According to Think Progress, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) was booed and heckled during a town hall event on Thursday, with one attendee saying, “Tell him to stop lying” at…

Al Sharpton rips O’Reilly’s hypocrisy: ‘This is the worst kind of gutter talk’

MSNBC host Al Sharpton revealed a secret of his own on Friday regarding Bill O’Reilly: that his Fox News counterpart, who has publicly denigrated him, has worked with Sharpton’s activist organization. “This is the worst kind of gutter talk,” Sharpton said after playing clips of O’Reilly calling him a “race-hustler.”…

Texas politician’s homophobic remarks caught on tape: ‘It’s just disgusting to even think about’

San Antonio mayor Julian Castro (D) quickly criticized one of his city council members on Friday after homophobic remarks by her came to light. Council member Elisa Chan’s statements finding homosexuality “disgusting,” Castro told KENS-TV, were “hurtful and misinformed and they don’t reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of…

Protest chic: Designer Vivienne Westwood joins successful anti-fracking demonstration

Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was among hundreds of protestors who have managed to temporarily stop a purported fracking excavation in a British village. “It’s just storing up for the future, near future even, with financial problems and ultimately, you know, we’ll all fry,” Westwood told Sky News on Friday…

Bloomberg endorses fingerprinting housing project residents for their own good

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) put forward an idea on Friday to install fingerprint scanners in the city’s Housing Authority projects. The Staten Island Advance reported that Bloomberg made the remarks during his weekly interview on WOR-AM, saying the scanners would help determine who is living in those…

Watch live: Egyptian protesters ask for witnesses — ‘we know they’re going to kill us tonight’

Massive violence erupted in the streets of Cairo on Friday as those loyal to ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police and military forces. According to a report in the Huffington Post, at least 50 people are estimated to have died in Friday’s violence. Though…

Julian Assange praises Matt Drudge as ‘news media innovator’

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told a group of college students Friday morning that the “only hope” for U.S. electoral politics is Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) and his brand of Libertarian politics. According to the right-wing college news site CampusReform.com, the international fugitive and accused acquaintance rapist also heaped praise…

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