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Gun sales spike after election

In the days after the election, gun sales apparently spiked, according to WITN in North Carolina. Fears of strengthened gun control laws apparently instigated the buying frenzy. “They’re worried about tax increases on ammunition, and then of course the second thing probably going to be the assault weapons,” which are…

Number of uncounted ballots in Arizona rises as deadline nears

While the presidential election is now over, the state of Arizona has hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots that could determine a number of races, including that of infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, reported Colorlines. The number of uncounted Arizona ballots is not only high — it’s rising. On…

Ohio anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill sees action in lame duck session

An Ohio bill aimed at restricting abortion access will get another shot in the legislature this upcoming lame duck session, reported the Community Press and Recorder, thanks to new cooperation among anti-abortion rights groups. Called the heartbeat bill, it would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which…

Tammy Baldwin confident she can evaluate federal budget without GOP help

Wisconsin’s senator-elect Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D, is quite confident that she does not need fellow Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., to explain the federal budget to her, reported the Huffington Post, after Johnson made comments about working with Baldwin that some on the left quickly dubbed offensive “mansplaining.” “I was a…

Florida Secretary of State: long lines show ‘people liked the voting hours’

Despite early voting lines reportedly up to six hours long, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State would not apologize for shortening the state’s early voting period from 14 to eight days, reported Think Progress. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield specifically asked Rick Detzner whether he regretted shortening the early voting period this…

Anchor apologizes for anti-gay Facebook status after GLAAD outrage

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on a Cincinnati Fox station to apologize after news anchor Tricia Macke called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “Angry Young Man” on Facebook last month. Just before 7 p.m. tonight, the news station posted Macke’s apology to its Facebook page. The…

Supreme Court to hear Voting Rights Act challenge

A cornerstone of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to protect minority groups in southern states from unjust voting laws, could be overturned this year, reported Bloomberg. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the part of the law that requires all or part of 16 states in…

California Dems win big after manipulating districts

Last year we wrote about how Democrats used front groups, disingenuous testimony, and other aggressive tactics to manipulate California’s independent redistricting commission. The effort was meant to create safe seats for the Democratic Party and in particular for incumbents. “Every member of the Northern California Democratic Caucus has a ticket…

Obama: ‘Open to compromise’ but firm on tax increases for wealthiest

by Ewen MacAskill and Dominic Rushe President says he is not ‘wedded to every detail of my plan’ but insists he wants to raise taxes for wealthiest Americans Barack Obama used his first public appearance since his return to the White House to issue a challenge to Republicans in Congress…

Groupon shares hit lowest level since going public

Groupon shares plunged to their lowest level since the online deals giant went public a year ago, as analysts offered a harsh response to a disappointing earnings report. In morning trade, Groupon tumbled 28 percent to $2.81 — down some 85 percent from the public offering price in November 2011…

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