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Sen. Durbin: ‘Gang of Eight’ found balance on immigration

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators formally rolled out a sweeping immigration overhaul today. The gang of eight’s bill would establish a pathway to citizenship…  …

UPDATED: 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as new information becomes available. Further below, you’ll find AFP’s live coverage. Reload this page for updates. Watch this livestream from CBS Boston below: Watch this livestream from WHDH Boston below: Update from The Raw Story, 10:12 p.m. EST:…

Ron Paul launches Institute for Peace and Prosperity to fight ‘the interventionists’

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) officially launched his Institute for Peace and Prosperity on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. At a press conference, the libertarian-leaning politician said his new educational organization was needed because “governments reflect the people’s attitude,” and the current attitude was far too accepting of war.…

House Democrats wonder why GOP won’t agree to debate on climate change

House Democrats on Wednesday questioned why Republicans had not responded after being challenged to a climate change debate. “Today, I rise to cite the fact that the American people and Democrats and scientists agree that climate change is a danger to us all, but where are the Republicans?” Rep. Hank…

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…

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