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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…

Rep. Adam Schiff slams ‘staggering naivety’ of Citizens United ruling

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California called for the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling to be overturned, saying the decision was “at odds with reality.” The ruling struck down key campaign finance laws, giving rise to so-called Super PACs that can raise and spend unlimited sums of money to…

Florida cops raid disabled activist hours after she’s linked to marijuana bill

Law enforcement officials in Florida say that it’s a coincidence that the home of wheelchair-bound activist was raided just hours after her name was linked to an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state. In a report about how the support for medical marijuana could effect the governor’s race…

Boehner urges Senate to get ‘off their ass’ and do something on sequester

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) called on President Barack Obama and the Democratically-led U.S. Senate take action to avoid the sequester on Tuesday, asking what it will take for the Senate to “get off their ass” and do something. The sequester is a set of rapidly approaching…

Fischer: No constitutional or God-given right to ‘immoral’ gay sex

Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis of the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA), says that gay men and lesbians have no right to engage in sexual activities because God, the laws of nature and the U.S. Constitution do not allow it. During a Monday rant about the Obama administration’s…

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