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Police: Texas A&M shooter dead, killed an officer and a civilian

Updates below. Officials at Texas A&M University posted early Monday afternoon that an “active shooter” near the campus has been taken into custody. The gunman was first reported at 12:29 PM CST and residents were urged to avoid the area. KBTX-TV reported that the shooter was firing from a house…

Romney’s constitutional amendment disqualifies Ryan for no business experience

A constitutional amendment suggested by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have barred Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) from serving as his running mate. Speaking to supporters in Las Vegas last May, Romney told the story of a man who said the Constitution should be amended to require three years…

Obama tells NASA: ‘I thought about getting a mohawk myself’

During a Monday call to congratulate NASA for successfully landing the Curiosity rover on Mars, President Barack Obama acknowledged the “special mohawk guy” in the control room who had taken the Internet by storm. As the world watched the rover landing last week, NASA flight engineer Bobak Ferdowsi became an…

Florida Walmart groper blames victim’s irresistible ‘booty’

An 18-year-old Florida man says that he couldn’t stop himself from groping a woman in a North Lauderdale Walmart late last week because “her booty looked so good.” A police report obtained by The Smoking Gun said that Aaron Morris was charged with battery after he admitted to grabbing a…

Army names first openly lesbian general

Army officer Tammy S. Smith, 49, became the first openly lesbian military general in U.S. history on Sunday after the Army promoted her to the rank of Brigadier General. Smith co-founded the LGBT advocacy group Military Partners and Families Coalition, and openly acknowledged her sexual orientation on Sunday, The New…

Gabrielle Giffords returns to Arizona

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has moved back home. The Arizona Daily Star reported that Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, returned to Giffords’ hometown of Tucson Sunday and moved into a home they recently bought. “She’s gone home before to visit, but this is different,” Kelly told…

Doocy defends Ryan: ‘What’s the matter with being an ideologue?’

Fox News co-host Steve Doocy on Monday attempted spin Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s “ideologue” label as an advantage to Mitt Romney’s campaign. During a series of interviews on Sunday, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod blasted Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system while skewing tax cuts…

House Republicans to sue Holder over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents

Expressing concerns about the Department of Justice’s independence, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will file a civil lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to release documents to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in his investigation of the Department’s “Fast and Furious” probe of Mexican gun-runners. “We are…

Chicago-area mosque shot with rifle after Rep. Walsh warns of ‘radical’ Islam

Only hours after tea party-backed Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) released a statement warning that radical Islam was trying to “kill Amerians,” police say that shots from a “high-velocity air rifle” narrowly missed a security guard at the Muslim Education Center near Chicago, while about 500 Muslims prayed inside during Ramadan…

Missouri National Guardsman gave combat training to white supremacists

A document released in a Florida court proceeding against a white supremacist group reveals that its members received training last year from a member of the Missouri National Guard who had formerly served with the U.S. Army in Iraq. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League both identify…

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