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Illinois physicians call on legislature to make marijuana legally available

Nearly 250 physicians in Illinois have voiced their support for a bill that would make medical marijuana legal in the state, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. “We are not criminals,” Julie Falco said at a press conference. “We are just trying to get through the day with a better…

Republican rep. slams DHS over border security: ‘This is not rocket scientry!’

Republican Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller this week criticized the Obama administration for failing to provide better border security, insisting that it was “not rocket scientry.” A bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” — led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) — announced Tuesday a…

Barney Frank on bombing: ‘Be grateful’ for ‘a well-funded, functioning government’

Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank (D) on Tuesday warned that Monday’s twin bombings in Boston were an example of why lawmakers should proceed with caution when considering cutting taxes and slashing the budget. In an interview with on CNN, host John Berman posited to Frank that “in some ways, the…

Massachusetts Congressman: ‘Look at the symbols’ that were attacked in Boston

Monday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow welcomed U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA), a former District Attorney from Norfolk County, Massachusetts and current member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Keating discussed the importance of separating news from spin when investigating a crime of this nature, and…

Former FBI agent: Boston bombing suspect might not get Miranda warning

Former FBI special agent Donald Borelli said Monday that potential suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing might not be read their Miranda rights prior to questioning by law enforcement. “It will be an FBI led investigation… However, that is not to say that intelligence collection isn’t a big part of…

Massachusetts congressman honors victims of ‘evil’ Boston Marathon bomber

Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano (D) on Monday honored the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on the House floor. “I rise today to commemorate a few people in Boston who lost their lives and many others who were seriously injured today,” he said. “I hesitate to call what the event…

Watch: Second press conference on Boston Marathon bombing

Boston officials held a second press conference on Monday evening to provide updates on the investigation into the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by PBS, below:…

Pat Toomey informs the Senate of Boston Marathon attack

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) broke the disturbing news of the Boston Marathon bombing to the Senate on Monday afternoon. “It appears that tragedy has struck the Boston Marathon,” he said on the Senate floor. “Bombs have gone off and there are injuries we know of, causalities the severity of which…

Watch: Press conference on Boston Marathon bombing

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick held a press conference on Monday afternoon after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police have also started investigating a fire at JFK Library. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by PBS, below:…

Oregon 9-year-old killed by security guard practicing holstering weapon

Authorities in Oregon are considering whether to charge an off-duty security guard who accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter while practicing drawing his weapon. Oregon City police spokesperson Lt. Jim Band said that 32-year-old Joseph Wade Wolters was at home on Sunday prepping for his new job as…

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