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Rick Perry asks Obama for a ‘quick turnaround’ on federal aid after explosion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday declared a disaster area and said he planned to request federal funds in response to an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Waco that may have killed as many as 15 people. At a press conference, the governor thanked President Barack Obama for…

Spurned man shoots dancer in face, then kills himself at strip club

A man in California killed himself on Wednesday after shooting an exotic dancer in the face because she would not perform for him. Police in Rialto said that they were called to the Spearmint Rhino Club at around 7:20 p.m. and found two people shot. According to KABC, a man…

Ohio Catholic school fires teacher who came out in her mom’s obituary

A Catholic high school in Ohio may have violated the law when it fired a teacher after her mother’s obituary revealed that she was a lesbian. Carla Hale told The Columbus Dispatch that she worked at Bishop Watterson High School in Clintonville for 19 years until an anonymous parent complained…

Oklahoma lawmaker: ‘I apologize to the Jews’ for ‘Jew me down’ slur

An Oklahoma lawmaker who was advocating that the state drop a 70-year-old law protecting small businesses from large retails stores apologized on Wednesday after he used the slur “Jew me down” during a debate on the state House floor. Republican state Rep. Dennis Johnson on Wednesday insisted to his colleagues…

Tucson survivor: Senators against background checks have no soul

A woman who survived the 2011 shooting incident that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and killed six others told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that she is angered and disgusted with members of the U.S. Senate who filibustered a vote on expanded background checks. Patricia Maisch, the woman who wrested…

Schumer laughs out loud on Senate floor at Cruz’ gun registry conspiracy theory

During a Wednesday debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) could be heard laughing out loud after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) claimed that expanded gun background checks was part of a “push for a federal registry.” After Cruz said that he objected to a bipartisan plan to…

Sister of teacher killed at Newtown shooting ‘disgusted’ by Senate

Carlee Soto, whose older sister Victoria was killed in the tragic Newtown mass shooting, said Wednesday she was “disgusted” to witness the Senate reject universal background checks. “If they were to lose a loved one to a horrific tragedy like we did, they would feel the same way and I…

CNN bungles report of ‘dark-skinned male’ arrested in Boston bombing case

CNN on Wednesday backtracked after badly botching a report that a “dark-skinned male” had been arrested in connection with the Monday bombings of the Boston Marathon. At around 1 p.m. ET, CNN’s John King came on the air to say that “law enforcement sources” had told him that a suspect…

Pat Robertson implies that LGBT people are the new Illuminati

Former Republican presidential candidate and longtime television preacher Pat Robertson implied on “The 700 Club” Wednesday that LGBT people are covertly out to destroy the family, the church and the state, in the vein of the Illuminati of the French revolutionary war. “It has been said that those who do…

Arizona bill forces cities to resell guns turned in at buyback events

A bill passed by Arizona Republicans on Tuesday would force cities and counties to resell — instead of destroy — the firearms turned in to gun buyback programs, potentially allowing the weapons to end up back on the street. In an 18-12 vote along party lines, the state Senate passed…

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