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Pelosi rips into Boehner’s desire to ‘pink slip’ Americans in budget negotiations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday blamed Republicans for doing nothing to stop automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester, which she said would disproportionately impact women and that Americans “might as well get a pink slip” directly from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “Tomorrow is fraught with…

Parents of transgender first-grader sue after school blocked girls’ bathroom use

The family of a Colorado transgender girl has filed a discrimination suit after her school ordered her to stop using the girls’ bathroom. According to CNN, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis, parents of first-grader Coy Mathis, have filed suit against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. “In the end we just…

Rep. Gwen Moore slams Republicans for cutting minority women out of anti-domestic violence legislation

Update: The House voted to pass the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday with a vote of 286-138, CNN reported. Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D) spoke passionately on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday as the legislative body prepares to take up the…

Texas school worker shot during district-sponsored gun training

A school employee in east Texas was shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety training class that was designed to get more guns in public schools. The Tyler Morning Telegraph on Thursday reported that Van Independent School District school board member Leslie Goode confirmed that “there was an accident…

Minnesota Republican rep.: LGBT ‘lifestyle’ is ‘an unhealthy, sexual addiction’

Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) says that he opposes marriage rights for LGBT people because he believes that homosexuality is a choice and a “sexual addiction.” Supporters of same sex marriage in Minnesota on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marriage equality after voters defeated a GOP effort to…

Gun owner fires at Walmart shoplifter to ‘mark’ him for police

A gun owner in Florida was arrested on Wednesday after he opened fire at a suspected Walmart shoplifter because he said he felt threatened and wanted to “mark” the man’s car for police. As unarmed 42-year-old Eddie McKee allegedly ran from an Orange City Walmart with stolen merchandise, 35-year-old Jose…

Attorney General Eric Holder: Budget cuts will make us less safe

Attorney General Eric Holder warned on Wednesday that looming across-the-board budget cuts would harm national security. “The Justice Department is going to lose nine percent of its budget between now and September 30th,” he told Pierre Thomas of ABC News. “We’re going to lose $1.6 billion. There are not going…

Civil rights icon ‘pained’ to hear Supreme Court justice on ‘the verge of some racist feeling’

Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a civil rights icon, blasted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday night. He told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow he was “shocked” that Scalia said Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was renewed by Congress due to “a phenomenon that is called…

Father of Newtown victim: Second Amendment should be ‘upheld and regulated’

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, the father of a 6-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December said he didn’t understand why anyone needed an assault weapon. “It just breaks my heart that something like that could happen in this country,” Neil Helsin said while…

Bob Woodward: White House official said ‘you will regret’ sequester reporting

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said Wednesday that a White House official lashed out at him over his reporting on looming across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester. “They’re not happy at all, and some people kind of, you know, said, look, we don’t see eye to eye on this,”…

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