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Former exec. of South Carolina GOP defends mocking Trayvon Martin’s death

Former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon on Monday defended a series of provocative, racially-charged tweets he sent out during the Super Bowl. Kincannon told HuffPost Live that mocking the death of Trayvon Martin and “the poors” during Hurricane Katrina was just “high-profile trolling.” He said he didn’t understand…

NBC reporter on leaked memo: Obama admin. using ‘elastic’ definitions to justify drones

NBC News correspondent Michael Isikoff said Monday the Obama administration was using murky legal definitions to justify its use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists. “Remember, we are talking about targeted killings of Americans, we are talking about making decisions based on secret intelligence, and we see in this…

OK school says ‘zero tolerance’ for bullying after teen shoots self in bathroom

Authorities in Oklahoma on Monday were unable to confirm if bullying was involved after a 15-year-old male killed himself with a gun in a Cowetta school bathroom. Speaking to reporters at press conference, Superintendent Jeff Holmes explained that a “ninth grade student at Cowetta Intermediate High School died from a…

NRA President David Keene says AR-15s are ‘the musket of today’

The president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) says that the Second Amendment was designed to protect the right to own muskets and the AR-15 military-style assault rifle — like the one used to slaughter 20 children in Newtown — is just “the musket of today.” “This nation was founded…

Muslim-Americans launch ad campaign to reclaim the word ‘jihad’

A group of Muslim-American activists has launched an ad campaign to reclaim the often misunderstood word “jihad,” arguing that it is not an affectation of religious war, but a personal and spiritual struggle for self improvement. The ad campaign “My Jihad” has been running for about a month in San…

‘Dark Knight’ can’t hold his liquor in new Bat-spoof

Gotham’s “Dark Knight” has a rough night, and makes his ally Lucius Fox hear all about it in a new online short created by Andrew Hamm and Nathan Macintosh. “Bat Problems” traces Batman’s escalating levels of despair — and alcohol consumption — through a series of voice messages left to…

Florida father with assault weapon forces wife to watch as he kills two sons

A Florida man armed with an weapon that had once been banned under federal law forced his wife to watch as he strangled one of his sons and then shot a second before turning a gun on himself. Victoria Flores Zavala told Boynton Beach police that 45-year-old Isidro Zavala went…

Scarborough whines: PAC fight is like when GOP ‘establishment worked against me’

The prospect of a Republican squabble over selecting future candidates struck a nerve with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday. “The question is, how do you sort through conservative people who are actually competent?,” he asked his “Morning Joe” panelists. “And I speak from knowledge because Newt Gingrich and the…

Trump: Jindal is ‘stupid’ for calling Republicans ‘stupid’

Billionaire mogul Donald Trump says that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is the “stupid” one because he should not have publicly called Republicans “the stupid party.” In his keynote address to Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in North Carolina last month, Jindal had advised Republicans to “stop being the stupid…

At least 8 killed in California bus accident

At least eight people died and 27 others were injured in a multiple vehicle accident in southern California that involved a passenger bus, local media reported. The KABC television network said the accident occurred at about 6:30 pm local time (0230 GMT Monday) in a rural area north of of…

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