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Mom arrested for cheering too loudly at daughter’s graduation

A South Carolina mother’s cheers were loud enough to result in her being handcuffed and arrested at her daughter’s high school graduation by cops over the weekend. According to WPDE-TV, Shannon Cooper was taken into custody minutes after she celebrated her daughter receiving her diploma. “Are ya’ll serious?” Cooper reacted…

O’Reilly: ‘Racial profiling’ ban would increase ‘street crime’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday warned that halting New York City’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy, which he called “racial profiling,” will lead to an increase in the city’s crime rate. On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana as a way to cut…

Zimmerman team requests new bond hearing as donations to defense fund spike

Attorneys for George Zimmmerman, Jr., the Florida man who fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year, are requesting a second bond hearing after they admitted that their client lied to the court about his financial situation, according to Think Progress. The defense team has asked the court to put…

Scientists call BP spill subpoenaed emails an attack on academic freedom

A pair of scientists have accused BP of an attack on academic freedom after the oil company successfully subpoenaed thousands of confidential emails related to research on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The accusation from oceanographers Richard Camilli and Christopher Reddy offered a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes legal…

Supreme Court sides with Secret Service agents in free-speech case

A Colorado man has lost his bid to sue two Secret Service agents who allegedly had him arrested in retaliation for critical comments he made to then-Vice President Dick Cheney during a public meet and greet event at a local shopping mall. The man, Steven Howards, filed a lawsuit against…

Nevada county Republican Party billboard rips Romney with Bush comparison

The Las Vegas-based Clarke County Republican Party in Nevada is sponsoring a billboard warning that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be a disaster for the country like George W. Bush. The Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston posted an photo of the billboard on Monday, which also compares Rep.…

Wisconsin recall: A big deal for GOP conservatives, not just Scott Walker

Wisconsin recall: a big deal for GOP conservatives, not just Scott Walker (via The Christian Science Monitor) For Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Tuesday’s recall election is about whether his bid to slash state spending, particularly at the expense of public-sector labor unions, will cost him his job. For Republicans more…

U.S. drone strike targeted ‘Al-Qaeda No. 2′

A senior Al-Qaeda figure was the target of a US drone strike inPakistan’s tribal belt, reports said Tuesday, as officials kept tight-lipped on whether he may have been among the 15 people killed. Abu Yahya al-Libi, described by American officials as Al-Qaeda’s second in command but by other security experts as one…

Pentagon chief heads to India amid U.S. focus on Asia

HANOI — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flies to India on Tuesday for talks focusing on Washington’s strategic shift towards Asia, as US officials eye New Delhi as a potentially pivotal partner. Security ties to India have steadily improved in recent years but US officials have yet to realise the goal…

More than 1.5 million Texas voters could have registration suspended

More than 1.5 million voters could be purged from Texas voter rolls, according to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle. The newspaper warned Texans on Monday to keep an eye on their mail, so that voter registration cancellations do not go by unnoticed. One in 10 voters has already had…

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