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Illinois 6-year-old fatally shoots 11-year-old in the head

An 11-year-old boy died this week in Illinois after being shot in the head by a 6-year-old relative. Belleville Police Department Detective Mark Heffernan told KSDK that EMS transported 11-year-old Leonard Smith to Belleville Memorial Hospital after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night after being called to the scene of the…

Late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller’s murderer could be released early

The murderer of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller may only be facing half of his original sentence thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, The Kansas City Star reported recently. Scott Roeder, who was sentenced to life in prison under Kansas’s “Hard 50″ mandatory minimum sentencing…

Watch: Famed whistleblower battles former attorney general over Edward Snowden

Wednedsay night on PBS NewsHour, Vietnam War era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey debated the case of Edward Snowden. Ellsberg, who was tried under the Espionage Act for leaking the Pentagon Papers, said Snowden was right to leak information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance…

Pennsylvania GOP chairman: Voter ID law helped ‘cut Obama’ during 2012 election

The head of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania said last week that the state’s controversial voter ID law helped suppress Obama voters. Chairman Rob Gleason told PCN in an interview that the voter ID law had an impact on the 2012 elections. “We probably had a better election,” he explained.…

IRS inspector general ‘personally’ blocked info on targeting of left-leaning groups

Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George prevented the release of documents proving the IRS treated left-leaning groups the same way it treated tea party groups, acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel testified on Wednesday. “We were imminently going to produce a document in an unredacted form that would indicate the identity…

Rep. John Lewis: Recent Voting Rights Act decision by Supreme Court ‘broke my heart’

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) described to the Senate his reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate key components of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act earlier this summer. According to Huffington Post, Lewis was…

Arizona cop arrested for pointing gun at store clerk while drunk

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies say a 23-year-old off-duty police officer was drunk when he pointed his gun at a convenience store clerk for no apparent reason on Tuesday. According to KVOA, surveillance video showed Kyle James McCartin and a companion entering Giant gas station in Tucson on Tuesday at around…

Rachel Jeantel schools Limbaugh on the N-word: ‘It is racist for an adult’ to use it

Trayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, has never heard of Rush Limbaugh but she knows a racist when she sees one. In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Jeantel said that it felt “racist” after Limbaugh used his Tuesday radio show to announce that he was now allowed to use…

Snoop: Zimmerman prosecution was lacking because Trayvon Martin was black

Reggae artist Snoop Lion, formerly known as rap artist Snoop Dogg, said at a press event for his new film “Turbo” on Wednesday that he felt the prosecution in the Zimmerman murder trial was lacking because the victim, Trayvon Martin, was black. “If that had been a black-on-black crime, it…

Utah lawmaker calls for an end to compulsory education

A Republican lawmaker in Utah is calling on his state to put an end to the requirement that children go to school. On Tuesday, Deseret News flagged a Friday article posted to state Sen. Aaron Osmond’s blog where he says that Utah “should take a close look at repealing compulsory…

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