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Strauss-Kahn lawyer demands US suit dismissal

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer asked a US judge Wednesday to dismiss a civil suit brought by a New York hotel maid, saying the disgraced French politician had diplomatic immunity when he allegedly assaulted her. The suit “must be dismissed,” Amit Mehta said in New York state court at the start of…

Ohio lawmaker decries ‘hypocrisy’ of ‘vicious’ attacks on women’s health

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) blasted Republicans across the country for pushing legislation aimed at reducing a woman’s access to an abortion. “Are you sick of hearing about lawmakers trying to protect women’s reproductive and sexual health?” she said. “Do you…

In House speech, Rep. Gwen Moore recounts being raped

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on Wednesday recalled her own experiences of being sexually abused during a speech in favor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she said on the House floor. “I know, not only as a legislator, but…

FBI’s top cyber cop admits that hackers are winning

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is losing its battle with computer hackers, according to Shawn Henry, the agency’s top cyber cop. Henry said during a press conference Wednesday morning that over the course of numerous investigations, the FBI has obtained the private data of corporations that were targeted by…

U.S. suspends food aid to North Korea: Pentagon official

WASHINGTON — The United States has suspended food aid to North Korea because Pyongyang has broken its promise to refrain from missile launches and cannot be trusted to deliver the aid to those who need it, a Pentagon official said Wednesday. The United States had previously warned that any launch…

KKK member arrested for ‘menacing’ black man with gun at Ohio march

A member of the Ku Klux Klan was arrested in Mount Victory, Ohio over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot a black man during a march. Kevin Allan Gibbs, 22, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the…

Study finds that women with access to ‘The Pill’ make more money

According to a working paper (.pdf) by the National Bureau of Economic Research, access to birth control pills raises a woman’s earning potential over the course of her lifetime. Additionally, findings demonstrated that the rapid narrowing of the wage gap that happened between men and women in the 1980s was…

Suit: NYPD conducting illegal stops in private buildings

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Wednesday, alleging that in addition to stopping primarily black and Latino residents in public spaces as part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, officers are illegally searching people in private buildings. According to…

Tucker Carlson calls black lawmakers ‘professional race-baiters’

Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson says that “professional race-baiters” like some African-American lawmakers and President Barack Obama are making a mistake by injecting race into the death of Trayvon Martin. Fox News host Martha MacCallum played clips of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) speaking out…

GOP cuts off Rep. Bobby Rush for wearing hoodie on House floor

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives shut down a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus after he donned a hooded sweatshirt in honor of a Florida teen who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch leader. During his morning remarks on Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) observed…

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