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Sequester budget cuts may have triggered Miami shooting rampage

A depressed Florida man shot his wife and two children before killing himself after closing his hot air balloon business and facing losing his job as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector because of automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration.” A source told CBS News that 45-year-old Carlos Zuniga was…

‘Snitch’ filmmaker: Reagan-era drug laws keep prisons overflowing

Appearing Thursday night on Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh, behind the new film “Snitch,” explained that his movie is based on true events brought about in part by Reagan-era drug laws. The film features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the father of a young man facing…

Maddow blasts Indiana’s mandated double trans-vaginal probe bill

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night ripped into a bill in Indiana that would require women to undergo to trans-vaginal ultrasounds twice if they wished to terminate their pregnancy. The bill, approved by the state Senate Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday, would require clinics to conduct trans-vaginal…

Colorado lawmaker tells anti-gay Christians: ‘Get thee to a nunnery’

The National Organization of Marriage on Thursday accused the author of a civil unions bill of being contemptuous of religion after the Colorado lawmaker said Christian don’t have the right to discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals. “Don’t claim religion as a reason the law should discriminate,” state Sen. Pat…

Rep. Adam Schiff to GOP: It’s not your messaging, it’s your policies

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said Thursday that Republicans were unpopular simply because they were advocating unpopular policies. “It’s crazy and what is so frustrating about it is we are now poised to recover economically if Congress would just get out of the way,” he said on the radio…

Pat Robertson: Only ‘nutty’ Ph.D.s believe climate change causes more blizzards

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday dismissed scientific evidence that large winter storms are linked to climate change, insisting that only “nutty” Ph.D.s believe the theory. A Thursday 700 Club report pointed out that a recent Princeton study projected that there would be less overall snowfall, but larger snow storms and…

Gohmert: Voters need ‘at least 50 rounds’ in magazines to take out drones

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says constituents are telling him that high-capacity magazines should not be banned because people need “at least 50 rounds” to shoot down government drones. During Thursday interview on Freedom 107 radio, host Jeff Akin asked the Texas Republican how he felt about using unnamed aerial drones…

Whistleblower fired for revealing cops threatened Obama while protecting him

A Richmond police officer who reported fellow cops for allegedly threatening President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has been fired from his job on the force. WTVR on Wednesday confirmed that the officer, who did not wish to be named, had been called to police headquarters where he…

McCain: ‘I call people jerks all the time… it’s supposed to be fun’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Wednesday refused to apologized for calling a constituent a jerk, saying that he used the insult “all the time” and “it’s supposed to be fun.” At a town hall event earlier in the week, the Arizona Republican had become frustrated after the crowd heckled him…

Gawker’s Max Read: ‘Friends of Hamas’ story proof that right wing lives in ‘complete bubble’

On Wednesday night’s edition of Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” host Cenk Uygur welcomed Gawker.com writer Max Read for a discussion about the right wing media frenzy sparked by the “Friends of Hamas” canard that nearly derailed the confirmation of Defense Secretary nominee Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE). What began as…

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