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Georgia man pistol whips woman and forces 7-year-old to smoke pot

Twenty-six-year old Justin Blake Mitchell of McDonough, Georgia has been arrested and charged with hitting a woman with a gun and forcing a 7-year-old boy to smoke marijuana at gunpoint, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The incident took place on July 12, but further investigation has resulted in…

Farmers urge Obama to suspend ethanol requirements due to drought’s ‘imminent food crisis’

The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an “imminent food crisis” caused by America’s drought. US government forecasts of a 4% rise in food prices for US consumers because of the drought have sharpened criticism of supports for producing fuel from…

Chick-fil-A brand health dives 40 percent after anti-LGBT remarks

The Georgia-based fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A has taken at massive hit since its founder publicly announced that the company opposed equal rights for LGBT people, according to a recent brand analysis. Market research firm YouGov found that Chick-fil-A’s BrandIndex score had fallen 40 percent nationally since Dan Cathy told the…

Court upholds Arizona’s extreme 20-week abortion ban

The U.S. District Court of Arizona rejected a Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenge to the state’s 20-week abortion ban, one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the nation, on Monday. “The court upheld a law that prevents doctors from providing safe, legal…

Limbaugh: Don’t tell ‘people on welfare when the election is’

Rush Limbaugh is calling on his listeners to keep the election date a secret from the poorest Americans. “Ninety-nine days, folks,” the conservative radio host announced on Monday. “Ninety-nine days before the election. If you are a welfare recipient, that’s just a little more than three checks.” “Maybe we shouldn’t…

Former President Clinton to give prime-time Democratic convention speech

How Bill Clinton's prime-time convention speech could hurt Obama (via The Christian Science Monitor) Let’s first get something straight: Bill Clinton’s prime-time speech at the Democratic convention the night before President Obama’s isn’t going to decide the election.   Yes, the charismatic former president remains extremely popular – 66 percent…

Holmes charged with 24 counts of murder in Colorado shootings

Prosecutors charged James Eagan Holmes with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder Monday for the shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater July 20, the Associated Press reports. According to NBC News, the murder charges include 1 count of “murder of extreme indifference.” The former University…

Romney: I paid ‘substantial’ taxes ‘so far as I can recall’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday said he wasn’t sure if he had ever paid an effective tax rate lower than 13.9 percent, and insisted that he wouldn’t even be qualified to be president if he paid “more than are legally due.” During an interview in Israel, ABC’s…

Warner Bros films new ending to ‘Gangster Squad’ after Aurora shooting

Warner Bros, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, has been forced to shoot an entirely new ending to upcoming crime thriller Gangster Squad in the wake of the Aurora shootings, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The changes mean the period crime thriller, which stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean…

With $32 billion in subsidies, over half of for-profit students drop out

A two-year investigation found that for-profit colleges, while receiving $32 billion in federal student aid and other taxpayer funds in the most recent year, also boast the highest dropout rates at 54 percent across all programs, according to a major report the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee…

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