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Connecticut sen. lashes out at NRA: What kind of liberty did Newtown kids have?

Connecticut Sen. Chris Brown (D) on Wednesday made an emotion plea on the Senate floor for lawmakers to come to an agreement and pass new gun control legislation following last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. “This country has gotten so callously used to gun violence,…

Bachmann aides shove reporters in flight from ethics questions

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was rushed out of a press conference on Tuesday afternoon after reporters began asking about an ethics investigation into her failed presidential campaign, leading to aides shoving reporters out of the way as they fled. Photos of the reaction were published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune,…

Circus elephant targeted in Mississippi drive-by shooting

Officials with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus say that Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, is expected to fully recover after being hit by a bullet during a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Mississippi. “The elephant has sustained at least one bullet wound between her ear and, I guess…

Oklahoma tea party founder busted for threats to lawmaker over ‘fringe’ Agenda 21 conspiracy

The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship. According to the…

Tony Perkins attacks Harris-Perry’s education promo with anti-marriage equality rant

The head of the anti-LGBT rights group Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday used a Fox News segment about MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s public education promotional advertisement to rail against equal marriage rights. Over the last week, conservative websites and pundits have attacked Harris-Perry over the notion that the community…

NAACP president: American drug war’s toll on liberty greater than apartheid

Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, appeared on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” Tuesday night to explain why he and 174 other celebrities and activists signed an open letter sent to President Barack Obama this week urging him to take decisive action on drug war…

Culture critic Christopher John Farley mocks ‘Accidental Racist’ song: Obviously an epic fail

Christopher John Farley, senior editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, mocked the new country song “Accidental Racist” on CNN Tuesday, saying it was “obviously an epic fail.” The song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J was intended to be a frank discussion of race relations in the…

Filmmaker tells California Senate: Show ‘Christian compassion’ by ending drug war

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki addressed the California Senate for 40 minutes on Monday, describing the war on drugs as an “abject failure” and urging the lawmakers to show “Christian compassion” by ending it. He warned that imprisoning young Americans for drug offenses was increasing crime rather than reducing it. Jarecki said…

Nugent calls Obama ‘the Chicago gangster’ and asks NRA host to ‘help me shoot somebody’

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent on Monday insisted that he had just been using a metaphor when he called President Barack Obama “the Chicago gangster” and then asked a NRA television host to “help me shoot somebody.” In an interview on NRA News, host Cam Edwards explained that the president’s proposed…

Pat Robertson: Mass shooters ‘usually under the influence of psychedelic drugs’

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that he opposes President Barack Obama’s efforts to limit high-capacity magazines and require universal background checks because most perpetrators of mass shootings are “usually under the influence of psychedelic drugs.” On Tuesday’s edition of The 700 Club, Robertson noted that the president had traveled to Connecticut…

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