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Kurtz: Zimmerman trial ‘media overload’ makes justice system seem unfair to black people

CNN media critic Howard Kurtz worried on Sunday that cable news was already spending too much time covering George Zimmerman’s trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, and that the “racially inflammatory” coverage was causing people to question whether African-Americans could get a fair trial in the U.S. In an…

MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains why DNA collection is a civil rights issue

MSNBC host Ari Melber on Sunday warned that collecting the DNA samples of every arrested individual would have a disproportionately negative impact on African Americans. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court affirmed Maryland’s policy of collecting DNA profiles of those arrested for serious crimes. “Now, DNA databases and crime tracking…

Chambliss: Don’t put ‘any limits’ on U.S. involvement in Syria

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Sunday declared that President Barack Obama should not put “any limits” on U.S. military involvement in the civil war that’s being waged in Syria. “I don’t think you can place any limits on it right now,” Chambliss told NBC’s David Gregory. “I do think it’s…

Christian Democrat calls on Congress to respect atheists in the military

Rep. Robert Andrews on Friday (D-NJ) implored his fellow lawmakers to support an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would allow nontheistic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces. “Nothing in this amendment in any way impairs the relationship between a Christian or Jewish or other soldier or service…

Lindsey Graham: Republicans ‘are in a demographic death spiral’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Sunday that he favored former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) as a 2016 presidential candidate, but no Republican could win unless comprehensive immigration reform was passed because the party was in a “demographic death spiral.” “I think we’re going to have a political breakthrough, the…

NYC goes the way of Tokyo: Micro apartments proposed as solution to overcrowding

Tiny — and affordable — modular living spaces could soon become the latest real estate craze in the highly crowded city of New York. Fifty-five micro apartments are being constructed in Manhattan to test whether New Yorkers are willing to follow the example of Tokyo and Mumbai. According to Bloomberg…

Rove: NSA surveillance is OK because fictional cops do it on TV shows

Republican strategist Karl Rove is encouraging Americans to support massive National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs because fictional police officers monitor phone calls on television dramas. “If you don’t like this program, which we now know was accessed 300 times last year, then you’ve got to be against local law…

Cheney: Obama has ‘no credibility’ — but the NSA is ‘to be believed’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday asserted that President Barack Obama has “no credibility” on the so-called war on terror. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pointed out to the former vice president in a recently-recorded interview that Obama had said that his administration had “scrubbed” National Security Agency…

California man confesses to killing more than 30 as cartel ‘debt collector’

A 52-year-old California man told authorities in Alabama he was behind not only a homicide there but more than 30 killings as part of his job as a “debt collector” for Mexican drug cartels, CNN reported on Friday. Sheriff’s officials in Lawrence County identified Jose Manuel Martínez as the suspect…

NBC employee busted for impersonating a police officer

An NBC Universal employee was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly posing as a police officer and pulling over three other motorists, WFOR-TV reported. Authorities accused 31-year-old Ruben Yepes Quiroz of falsely impersonating a police officer and prohibited use of lights for having red and blue flashing lights similar to…

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