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Alcohol-drinking shirtless gunman arrested near White House ‘was only going to fire a couple of shots’

A shirtless man apprehended near the White House told officers he was “only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me,” NBC Washington reported. Secret Service police arrested Christopher Wade Briggs on Tuesday for carrying a pistol and two knives in Lafayette Park, which just north…

Farm organizer to food corporations: ‘The system that you operate is wrong’

Bill Moyers, in a preview of Friday’s show, released a clip of an interview with founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee Baldemar Velásquez. Velásquez, a 1989 MacArthur fellow, talked about the ongoing David vs. Goliath struggle most farm workers face when the system is largely run by corporation. “I…

Satanists stage same sex marriages at Westboro Baptist matriarch’s grave

A group of New Yorkers calling themselves The Satanic Temple paid a visit to what appears to be the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) founder Fred Phelps on Sunday, staging two same sex commitment ceremonies atop the tombstone in hopes of confronting the hate group in…

Bryan Fischer: Americans have a ‘patriotic duty to worship God’

The director of issues analysis of the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA) told his radio listeners that they and every American had a “patriotic duty to worship God.” On his Wednesday radio show, Fischer read from the Old Testament Book of Haggai to explain why the U.S. economy was “in…

Issa’s own IRS witnesses deny ‘political motives’ against tea party

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was told by his own witnesses on Thursday that there was no political motivation behind the scrutiny of tea party groups applying for tax exempt status. In a USA Today op-ed on Wednesday, the California Republican sought to revive the…

Iowa law enforcement agent fired after reporting Republican governor’s car for speeding

An agent of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) claims he was fired from his job after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad (R)’s vehicle for speeding. According to the Des Moines Register, Larry Hedlund, 55, intends to sue the state after being fired at the end of a 2 and…

Colorado town proposes bounty for shooting down federal drones

A small Colorado town is considering whether to issue hunting licenses that would offer residents a bounty for shooting down unnamed drones operated by the U.S. government. Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel told KMGH that he had already collected enough signatures to put his proposed measure on the ballot. “We…

Police nab cat high on cocaine during drug bust

Police in Italy say that believe they caught a cat high on cocaine while raiding the home of a suspected drug dealer. The Italian publication Il Mattino reported that police found that cat during the raid of an apartment in the northeastern town of Villorba. According to a translation by…

Lewis Black: New York City is better than Texas because ‘F*ck you, Texas’

Comedian Lewis Black appeared on Wednesday night’s edition of “The Daily Show” to address Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)’s contention that businesses will be better off if they move to Texas. Earlier this summer, Perry made a trip to the northeast to attempt to convince businesses to move to his…

Illinois 6-year-old fatally shoots 11-year-old in the head

An 11-year-old boy died this week in Illinois after being shot in the head by a 6-year-old relative. Belleville Police Department Detective Mark Heffernan told KSDK that EMS transported 11-year-old Leonard Smith to Belleville Memorial Hospital after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night after being called to the scene of the…

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