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‘Drug free’ advocate: I smoked pot in college, of course

A special advisor to a group that advocates for greater criminalization of drug use says he smoked marijuana in college. Friday night on CNN, host Piers Morgan interviewed David Evans, a criminal defense attorney and special advisor to Drug Free America Foundation. Evans warned that marijuana combined the worst aspects…

Ray Kelly: ‘No question’ people will die if stop-and-frisk is ended

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Sunday asserted that people would die if the city’s controversial policy of stopping and frisking suspects without a warrant was halted. In a July New York Times column, Charles Blow had connected the stop-and-frisk policy to neighborhood watch programs like the one…

Russian riot police detain eight Pastafarians during ‘pasta procession’ in Moscow

Russian authorities in Moscow broke up a march of Pastafarians on Saturday with some help from anti-gay Russian Orthodox religious activists. Moscow police told RIA Novosti that eight Pastafarians were detained for “attempting to hold an unsanctioned rally” in the city. Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster…

Rand Paul: GOP has ‘room for people who believe in bigger govt.’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday refused to explicitly say that he disagreed with his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) offers “nothing” to Republicans — but he may have shocked some tea partiers by declaring that the party had “room for people who believe…

Brooklyn family accuses NYPD of causing father’s fatal heart attack

The Brooklyn District Attorney will launch an investigation into a botched raid by New York City police following accusations by the Brooklyn family involved that it led to their father suffered a fatal heart attack. WABC-TV reported that 43-year-old Carlos Alcis died early Thursday morning after police entered his family’s…

Special-needs woman found tied up in Philadelphia basement

Philadelphia police found a woman with special needs tied up in a basement belonging to her designated caretaker, KYW-TV reported on Saturday. The unidentified 36-year-old woman was reportedly found with sores on her body, covered in urine and feces and in apparent malnourishment. Authorities said she has not been diagnosed,…

‘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…

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