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Report: FBI informant armed and trained Black Panthers

A video published Monday by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the man responsible for arming and training members of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s did so while acting as a federal informant. According to reporter Seth Rosenfeld, Richard Aoki was approached by FBI agent Burney Threadgill…

LISTEN LIVE: Akin speaks to Huckabee following rape remarks

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin (MO) is expected to speak to conservative radio host Mike Huckabee following remarks where he claimed that women could not get pregnant through “legitimate” rape. Listen to this live audio from KVOI, broadcast Aug. 20, 2012.…

Storm chaser films giant waterspouts over Lake Michigan

A storm chaser on Lake Michigan filmed several spectacularly huge waterspouts on Saturday, finding himself near one of the most unusually active patches of the weather phenomenon in years. The National Weather Service said it tracked a total of nine waterspouts over Lake Michigan on Saturday, but storm chaser Eric…

Suspects in Louisiana deputy shootings tied to ‘sovereign citizen’ movement

Police say at least two of the seven suspects arrested for the fatal shooting of two Louisiana sheriffs deputies last Thursday are connected to the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement. According to WBRZ-TV, 28-year-old Kyle Joekel and 44-year-old Terry Smith had identified themselves as part of the movement, which was classified…

Soledad O’Brien tries to get Christine O’Donnell to define the word ‘Marxist’

CNN host Soledad O’Brien finally had an Inigo Montoya moment on Monday, and all it took was former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell misusing the word “Marxist.” Granted, it’s not the first time O’Donnell, a longtime anti-abortion activist, has called the president or Democrats “Marxist.” She even used the term…

Scarborough on Akin: ‘This Republican party does not want to win’

Conservative MSNBC host Scarborough on Monday lamented that a recent assertion by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin about “legitimate” rape showed that the Republican Party was continually “shooting themselves in the foot” by nominating the most extreme candidates. During an interview with a local TV station over the weekend, Akin…

McCaskill: Rape remarks are a ‘window into Todd Akin’s mind’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Monday said that it was “jaw dropping and stunning” for her Republican opponent for Senate to claim that women who are victims of “legitimate” would not get pregnant. “This statement is kind of window into Todd Akin’s mind,” McCaskill explained to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. “If…

Brazil drug gangs move to ban crack

Crack is whack, and even the most powerful drug gangs in Rio aren’t disputing that fact. Amid a painful and violent uptick in crack-cocaine usage and facing increasingly successful police strategies pushing them out of the favelas, the most powerful drug gang in Brazil’s capital of Rio de Janeiro has…

Watch live: Romney and Ryan hold New Hampshire town hall

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan answered questions at a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday. Ryan’s addition to the Republican presidential ticket has widely been viewed as problematic due to his previous proposed cuts to Medicare. As the Washington Post reported in anticipation of Monday’s town hall, about…

LAPD filmed punching man for skateboarding on wrong side of street

In a scene that brought with it echoes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s most infamous moment, residents filmed four officers holding down and punching a young man picked up outside his home for allegedly skateboarding on the wrong side of the street. According to KTLA-TV, a protest is being…

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