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Leahy slams Republican opposition to Violence Against Women Act: ‘A victim is a victim’

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Wednesday slammed Republicans who opposed renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). At a press conference, the co-author of the anti-domestic and sexual violence bill said many House Republicans now realized it was a mistake to allow the bill to die last year. Republicans have…

Rep. Nadler blasts proposal to allow taxpayer funding of churches

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Wednesday “reluctantly” decried legislation that would allow taxpayer money to be used to rebuild or repair houses of worship following a natural disaster. “The purpose of the bill is laudable,” he said on the House floor. “Unfortunately, it has real constitutional problems.” Rep. Chris Smith…

‘Pro-life’ group uses Roe v. Wade to defend teen’s ‘choice’ against abortion

An anti-abortion group is using the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision — a ruling that the group vehemently disagrees with — to argue that a Texas teen cannot be forced by her parents to get an abortion because the law gives her a “choice.” Lawyers with the Texas Center…

Beck: Dorner part of a ‘radical left’ conspiracy for ‘oppressive government’

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck explained to his audience on Tuesday that ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner’s killing spree was part of a plan by “radical progressives” to create an “oppressive government.” As San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were facing off against the suspect holed up in a mountain…

3 arrested in connection with viral video of vicious beating of Newark teen

Police in Newark, NJ arrested three people on Tuesday in connection with a video of a savage beating of a teenage boy. According to the New York Daily News, police acted after the video of the brutal attack went viral, racking up tens of thousands of views. In the video,…

Rubio: The water-bottle moment was a message from God

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has a perfectly good explanation for why he awkwardly reached for a water bottle during his Tuesday night response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: It was a message from God. Throughout Rubio’s delivery of the Republican response to Obama’s speech, Twitter users…

Obama: Victims of gun violence ‘deserve a simple vote’ on gun control

Obama used his State of the Union address to challenge both House Republicans to call a vote and Senate Republicans to allow a vote on his proposed gun control measures. “Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress,” he told them. “If you want to vote no, that’s your…

Republican-backed for-profit school caught deleting bad student grades

A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.” A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from…

Officials probe Arizona ‘checkpoint’ that detained immigrants attending Obama speech

The police chief in Peoria, Arizona has launched an investigation into what activists are calling a “de facto immigration checkpoint” that nabbed young immigrants attending a speech President Barack Obama delivered on immigration reform last month. “It was a de facto immigration checkpoint,” Respeto executive director Lydia Guzman recently explained…

Michael Moore and journalist Hedges: Obama drone memo to ‘legally justify what they’re already doing’

Appearing at a recent forum with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said that the Obama administration’s recently released legal memo on its drone assassination program is really just an attempt to justify what they were already doing. “It looks like it’s written by a first-year law…

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