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North Carolina Senate blocks testing themselves when passing welfare drug testing bill

Republicans in the North Carolina state Senate on Monday pushed through bill that would strip public benefits like food stamps and job training for people who fail a drug test. In 35-15 vote largely along party lines, senators passed SB 594. A single Democrat voted for the bill, and no…

15-year-old boy shot to death blocks from Obama’s Chicago home

A 15-year-old boy was found shot to death on Monday just blocks from President Barack Obama’s home in the Kenwood community area of Chicago. Chicago Police said that they were called to the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. and found 15-year-old Cornelius German with a…

Macabre details emerge in murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally: the murder trial of an abortion provider that has captured national attention. Judy Woodruff has the story. JUDY WOODRUFF: A judge and jury in Philadelphia began hearing testimony in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell more than a month ago. But over the past two weeks,…

New York lawmaker: I would torture an American citizen

New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) on Monday night reiterated his belief that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be tortured even though he is a U.S. citizen. During a tense interview, CNN’s Piers Morgan repeatedly asked Ball whether he was OK with torturing American citizens. While he refused…

Gun group chief: Liberals OK with liberals dying in Boston to force more gun control

Larry Pratt, the head of the lobbying group Gun Owners of America, recently agreed with a pair of conservative Internet TV hosts who asserted that liberals didn’t mind if other liberals were killed in bombings like the one in Boston last week because “they are like the Chinese” and “they…

NBC station fires anchor whose first words on air were ‘f*cking sh*t’

A North Dakota NBC affiliate has fired its newest anchor after he started his new job by uttering the words “fucking shit” as the weekend news broadcast began. As anchor Van Tieu was introducing A.J. Clemente for his first ever KFYR-TV broadcast on Sunday, he could be heard uttering the…

Grassley flips out: ‘I didn’t say that!’ about using bombing to delay immigration reform

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Monday became irate and yelled at Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) during a Senate hearing at the suggestion that he had used last week’s Boston Marathon bombing to try and delay immigration reform. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Friday, Grassley had said that knowing…

Elvis impersonator triggers 30-hour police standoff in Iowa

A 53-year-old career Elvis impersonator from Iowa engaged police in a 30-hour standoff on Sunday after a property dispute led to the man discharging a shotgun at officers and threatening to kill himself. Michael Reed, known for playing the faux Elvis Pressley character “Micky King” for more than 30 years,…

Atheist Richard Dawkins: ‘Indoctrination of religion’ is ‘child abuse’

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on Sunday told a British literary festival that parents who forced their children to believe that religion was a fact were guilty of “child abuse.” Speaking about his family-friendly book The Magic of Reality at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, the University of Oxford professor warned…

Republican lawmaker defends call to torture: ‘Me, bin Laden and a baseball bat’

New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) on Monday doubled down on his call to torture the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, saying that if he had the same opportunity after the attacks September 11, 2011, ‘it would have been me Osama bin Laden and a baseball bat.” In a tweet…

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