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Texas pastor openly carries loaded Bushmaster into local businesses to protest state gun law

A Texas pastor has begun to attract attention for his public forays wearing an assault rifle strapped to his back. Think Progress reported on Tuesday that Terry Holcomb has begun posting videos on YouTube of himself at businesses in Huntsville, Texas, wearing an AR-15 “Bushmaster” rifle strapped to his back,…

Tennessee father and son dead after AR-15 goes off and ammunition-filled room explodes

Officials in Tennessee say that a father and his 12-year-old son died over the weekend after an AR-15 assault-style rifle accidentally discharged, causing a fire and then a series of explosions in a room full of ammunition. WBBJ-TV reported on Monday that Tennessee State Bomb and Arson Investigators, the Tennessee…

Bill Kristol reverses course: Sarah Palin ‘doesn’t have a future’ in U.S. politics

Republican political strategist and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol appeared on “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning to walk back statements he made to ABC Online on Sunday regarding the political fortunes of erstwhile Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). Whereas two days ago, Kristol said that Palin could “resurrect herself” politically by…

County to vote to secede from Colorado and become 51st state

Residents in one rural Colorado county will get an opportunity to decide in November if they want to break away and form the 51st state. In an unanimous vote on Monday, commissioners in Weld County voted to include the initiative on November’s ballot, according to KDVR. Voters will be asked:…

British government claims Greenwald’s partner David Miranda had ‘highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism’

Home Office claims nine-hour detention of Guardian journalist’s partner was justified to protect public from threat of terrorism The government has embarked on an aggressive offensive to justify the detention of David Miranda by suggesting that the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald possessed “highly sensitive stolen information that…

Former NC lawmaker and Maddow discuss Republican ‘warp speed’ assault on voting rights

A former North Carolina state lawmaker defended her decision to resign her position in order to fight the state’s new voter suppression measures in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Monday night, calling it the best avenue. “I can’t accomplish anything in this next session,” former state Sen. Ellie…

Cenk Uygur calls out TIME magazine reporter for supporting drone strike on Julian Assange

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on Monday blasted a TIME magazine reporter who said he couldn’t “wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Michael Grunwald made the comment Saturday on Twitter, sparking a huge backlash. Grunwald later deleted the message…

Christian radio hosts: Gay Boy Scouts will get merit badges for sodomy, incest and cannibalism

Christian radio broadcasters Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner told their listeners that Boy Scouts were trying to “find the thing that God really, really, really hates the most” by allowing gay members, and soon the organization would be handing out merit badges for sodomy, incest and cannibalism. “Manhood is a…

NYC’s Police Chief: Largest-ever gun seizure by an undercover cop was really because of ‘stop and frisk’

At a press conference this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Department Commissior Ray Kelly announced the largest gun seizure in the history of the city. Nineteen people were arrested on charges that they were running “a gun pipeline” that led from the Carolinas into New York…

Fox News analyst suggests Al Jazeera supports ‘killing Americans and so on’

Fox News analyst Jim Pinkerton suggested on Monday that Al Jazeera’s new American television network might have an editorial policy that was supportive of “killing Americans and so on” because he said that was what most Arabs wanted. In preparation for Al Jazeera America’s Aug. 20 launch, Fox News host…

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