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Recording of Boston police nets man $170,000 settlement

The City of Boston settled a lawsuit recently filed by Simon Glik, an attorney who was arrested in 2007 as he recorded police using force to subdue another man. The settlement total came to $170,000, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts, which represented Glik in the case.…

NOM strategy documents: ‘Drive a wedge’ between black and LGBT voters

Documents have come to light in a Maine court filing that detail a plot by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to slow the legalization of same-sex marriage by dividing black and LGBT people, according to the Human Rights Commission. The documents, marked “Confidential,” emerged as part of an investigation…

Investigator wanted manslaughter charges against Zimmerman

The lead homicide investigator on the Trayvon Martin case recommended that George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter only to be denied, according to ABC News. Chris Serino, the Sanford, Florida investigator, filed an affidavit on the night of crime saying he was unconvinced of Zimmerman’s account. However, the state attorney’s…

10 shocking companies the government subsidizes as ‘small businesses’

With the so-called JOBS Act — which stands for the ‘Jump-start Our Business Start-ups’ and is a trickle-down approach to getting Americans to work — set to pass the House today and make its way to the president’s desk as early as tomorrow, one wonders what kind of small businesses…

Christian network’s Crouch family facing cover-up allegations over sexual, financial misconduct

The family at the center of a multi-million dollar Christian broadcasting empire is facing allegations of embezzlement, sexual improprieties, lavish financial extravagances, and an elaborate cover-up in court documents cited by the People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch blog. Former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) employee Brittany Koper filed…

U.S. among worst offenders in annual death penalty report

The United States placed fifth overall on a list of nations that executed the most people in 2011, according to human rights advocacy group Amnesty International. Amnesty, which compiles its report every year, opposes capital punishment in all circumstances, regardless of allegations against those facing the death penalty. It noted…

Tea party leader at Supreme Court rally: ‘Obamacare is a cancer!’

Tea party groups and Republican politicians rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, urging that the justices declare President Barack Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional. Group leaders led chants of “Constitution, yes. Socialism, no” and “Real women buy their own birth control” while waiting for speakers to come to…

Supreme Court takes on the individual mandate of health care law

The US Supreme Court Tuesday took up the most contentious part of President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform, hearing arguments on whether it is constitutional to require Americans to buy insurance coverage. The second day of an unprecedented three days of arguments into the Affordable Care Act, derided by…

Gingrich charging supporters $50 per photo

Newt Gingrich’s cash-starved campaign has begun charging supporters $50 to have a photograph taken with the Republican presidential candidate. “Some campaigns make you travel all the way to Wall Street to pay $2,500 for a photo with a candidate,” a Gingrich spokesperson told National Journal on Monday. “We are trying…

Colorado cop investigated for shoving man on video

Officials in Fort Collins, Colorado are investigating after a Loveland man formally complained that an officer shoved him without provocation — and the incident was caught on video. A video posted to YouTube on Sunday showed 24-year-old Matt Hefferon being shoved by officer Dan Calahan and then arrested by officer…

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