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Idaho lawmaker: Force all adults into militias to protect gun rights

A Republican lawmaker in Idaho has proposed an amendment to the state Constitution that would require all adults to be militia members in an effort to preserve their right to bear arms. At a Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, state Sen. Jim Rice (R) said that he feared…

Bernanke tells Warren ‘too big to fail’ banks ‘will voluntarily reduce their size’

The Chairman of the Federal Reserve looked mighty uncomfortable Tuesday being grilled by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a former Harvard professor and economics expert who posed one very blunt question to him that many Americans have been asking for years: “When are we going to get rid of too big…

Anti-LGBT leader: Schools barring discrimination are like ‘Nazi concentration camps’

The founder of a group that opposes LGBT rights says that educators working to stop discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual students in Massachusetts schools are like “Nazi concentration camp guards.” MassResistance President Brian Camenker on Tuesday told VCY America radio host Jim Schneider that new Massachusetts Department of…

Protests mark Supreme Court’s hearing of challenges to Voting Rights Act

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to mark the Court’s hearing of challenges to the Voting Rights Act. Raw Story spoke to Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Center of New York, who was on the scene Wednesday morning. “We’re standing in front…

Scalia: Voting Rights Act is a ‘perpetuation of racial entitlement’

Conservative justices on the United State Supreme Court hinted on Wednesday that the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) would soon be ruled unconstitutional. The landmark achievement of the civil rights movement sought to stop discrimination against black voters by barring poll taxes and literacy tests in southern states, but the…

Cop humiliates Sen. Graham at gun hearing: ‘You’re wrong’ on background checks

At a Senate hearing on gun violence Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was humiliated by a police chief who abruptly interrupted his talking points to insist that he’s “wrong” on how enhanced background checks for gun buyers would work. Echoing the National Rifle Association, Graham argued before the Senate Judiciary…

Sex offender guns down 2 California police officers

Authorities in California on Tuesday said that two Santa Cruz police officers had been shot and killed while investigating a possible sexual assault. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters that Sgt. Loren Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were killed by Jeremy Goulet, a 35-year-old barista. Goulet had…

Maddow: Republicans now so obstructionist they block their own nominees

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow informed viewers that Republicans in Congress are being so obstructionist that they are now blocking and filibustering the nominations of their own candidates for federal position as well as members of their own party. She began by discussing…

Connecticut grandmother kills self after shooting 6-month-old and 2-year-old kids

A Connecticut woman with a history of mental illness reportedly killed her two grandchildren and then herself with a .38-caliber handgun on Tuesday. Connecticut State Police said that an Amber Alert had been issued on Tuesday after 47-year-old Debra Denison, who reportedly was “bipolar and has medical conditions,” picked up…

Texas lawmaker’s bill cuts concealed gun training hours and ‘proficiency’ requirements

A Republican state representative in Texas is calling to cut the number of hours of training required to obtain a concealed-carry permit by more than half, but shooting instructors say that the proposal would create a public safety hazard. State Rep. Dan Flynn (R) recently introduced House Bill 47, which…

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