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Tennessee lawmaker says ‘lighten up’ after posting pressure cooker bomb joke

A Tennessee lawmaker who posted a joke about the pressure cooker bombs used to murder three people last week in Boston now says that people need to “lighten up.” In a post to his personal blog on Monday, state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) displayed a photo of an “Assault Pressure…

Rand Paul’s reversal: I don’t care if a drone kills a liquor store robber with $50 in cash

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who filibustered for 13 hours in March 2013 against the idea of using military drone technology against U.S. citizens, said he supported them being used against criminal suspects in an interview with Fox Business Channel on Monday. “I have never argued against any technology being used…

Key Republican insists ‘self-deportation is not some radical idea’

One of the Republican Party’s top minds on immigration reform told a Senate panel on Monday that he does not believe a policy of “self-deportation” is “some radical idea.” To the contrary, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he thinks making American…

North Carolina Senate blocks testing themselves when passing welfare drug testing bill

Republicans in the North Carolina state Senate on Monday pushed through bill that would strip public benefits like food stamps and job training for people who fail a drug test. In 35-15 vote largely along party lines, senators passed SB 594. A single Democrat voted for the bill, and no…

Family who chose prayer over medicine loses second child

A Rhawnhurst, Pennsylvania couple on probation for the 2009 death of their toddler son from pneumonia is accused of letting a second child die of a treatable illness, opting to pray rather than take the child to a doctor. According to the Associated Press, Herbert and Catherine Schaible are fundamentalist…

15-year-old boy shot to death blocks from Obama’s Chicago home

A 15-year-old boy was found shot to death on Monday just blocks from President Barack Obama’s home in the Kenwood community area of Chicago. Chicago Police said that they were called to the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. and found 15-year-old Cornelius German with a…

Coulter: Boston suspect’s widow ‘ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab’

Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show “Hannity” Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she’s sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation’s immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber’s widow in jail too, not for committing a…

Maddow details Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bedside court hearing

At the top of Monday night’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow described the remarkable scene that unfolded on Monday in the hospital room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston bombing suspect. Federal Judge Marianne Bowler and attorneys converged at the 19-year-old’s bedside at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center…

California officials investigate ‘patient dumping’ allegations against Nevada clinic

The city attorneys for Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Monday they are investigating reports that Nevada’s primary mental health facility has shipped more than 1,500 patients to cities across the country while they still needed care. “This type of conduct is deplorable,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera…

Does force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike violate their rights?

RAY SUAREZ: For more on the hunger strike, I’m joined by a reporter who’s logged more hours in Guantanamo than any other journalist, Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald. Carol, welcome. More than a dozen are now being force-fed. How is the determination made which prisoners are restrained and fed…

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