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Watch live: Zimmerman trial for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Editor’s note: This is a live feed of a criminal trial and may contain graphic imagery and language that could offend some viewers. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 8.…

Southern Baptist official: Evangelicals are a ‘minority’ and seem ‘freakish’ to society

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore on Monday said that evangelicals needed to realize that they were the minority and may seem “freakish” to the rest of the country. In an interview on C-SPAN, Moore said he was disappointed by recent Supreme Court decisions supporting same…

Chicago sees stunning 72 shootings over Fourth of July weekend

The Fourth of July weekend was an especially bloody time in Chicago this year, where 72 people were shot over the course of just four days according to local media. Of that 72, NBC Chicago reported that 12 men were killed. A 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy were also…

Former Gov. Spitzer could face ‘Manhattan Madam’ in NYC comptroller election

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) could encounter at least one familiar face if he campaigns for New York City’s comptroller’s office — the woman who set him up with escorts, precipitating his resignation from office in 2008. Spitzer, who announced his candidacy Sunday night, told WCBS-TV Monday morning…

Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) force-fed under Guantánamo procedure, urges Obama to halt Ramadan plan

Islamic leaders call on administration to rethink policy towards hunger-striking detainees during religious fast Islamic community leaders are calling on the Obama administration to rethink its policy of force-feeding hunger-striking detainees in Guantánamo during the month-long fast of Ramadan that begins on Monday. The US government has said that barring…

Ted Cruz’s dad explains why Obama is ‘just like’ Fidel Castro

Speaking to an audience recently at the “Free the People” conference put on by the industry-financed tea party group FreedomWorks, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) explained how his ultra conservative worldview helped shape his son’s outlook on President Barack Obama’s policies, which the elder Cruz said are “just…

Farmer uses town’s Fourth of July parade to promote ‘White History Month’

A North Carolina town’s Fourth of July parade featured an unusual float this year: a tractor with a Confederate flag mounted on it, dragging a trailer full of watermelons and a sign proclaiming “White History Month.” The display was part of the Hope Mills, North Carolina Fourth of July parade,…

Bush praises ABC’s Jonathan Karl for never criticizing him

Former President George W. Bush recently commended ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl for never criticizing him while he was in office. In an interview that aired on Sunday, Karl asked Bush if President Barack Obama got a “bad rap” because he had not done enough for Africa. “All…

Tucker Carlson: ‘Cheap student loans keep people out of the labor market’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson came to the conclusion on Sunday that low student loan rates were to blame for long-term joblessness. In an interview on Sunday, conservative economics professor Peter Morici explained that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had caused a “disaster” because only 47 percent of…

Bush suggests he’s evolving on marriage: Republicans should examine ‘your own heart’

The former Republican president who won his second term by taking advantage of excitement about 2004 ballot measures to ban same sex marriage in Ohio recently hinted that his views may now be softening. President George W. Bush (R) was asked about marriage equality by a reporter in Zambia last…

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