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Former child janitor to Gingrich: Your jobs plan ‘offended’ me

A man who spent part of his childhood working as a janitor told Newt Gingrich on Wednesday that he was offended by the Republican presidential candidate’s plan to put kids to work. During an event at Georgetown University, Hector Cendejas called out the former House Speaker for his initiative to…

Educators assail Tenn. bill seeking to exile legal immigrants from schools

The nation’s largest non-union teacher association on Thursday attacked a new bill in the Tennessee legislature for a provision that would prohibit the state’s charter schools from hiring too many legal immigrants, in what at least one conservative group apparently views as part of its ongoing crusade against Muslims. The…

House Republicans mock immigration detention as ‘holiday’

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday complained that immigrants were basically getting a posh “holiday” after the Obama administration issued new, more humane detention guidelines. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Holiday on ICE,” chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) charged that “[t]he administration’s new detention manual reads more…

Poll shows GOP primary slog helps Obama

As the Republican presidential primary drags on, President Barack Obama is only getting more popular, a new poll released Wednesday night (PDF) found. Worse still for Republicans, the poll also indicates that a large majority still blame former President George W. Bush for poor economic conditions. Overall, the president’s chief…

Romney says story about Michigan layoffs is ‘humorous’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday told a story about his father closing a factory in Michigan that he said tickled his funny bone. Speaking to thousands of Wisconsin voters during a tele-town hall, the former Massachusetts governor recalled what he described as a “humorous” anecdote that left some…

911 caller arrested after cops gun down unarmed black teen

At a press conference Wednesday in Pasadena, California, police announced that they have arrested a man who called 911 earlier this week, claiming he’d been robbed a gunpoint by two black teens. Police responded to the incident with deadly force, killing 19-year-old college student Kendrec McDade after he fled from…

Four U.S. women charged in Amish beard-cutting attacks

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has indicted four more women over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. A total of 16 people — 10 men and six women — have now been accused in what prosecutors called five…

Lawyer cites PTSD to defend U.S. soldier in Afghan killings

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer for a US soldier charged with killing 17 villagers in southern Afghanistan said Wednesday he will cite Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to defend the serviceman. Attorney John Henry Browne added that prosecutors will have trouble proving their case against Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, whose…

Surveillance video shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman

Police surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, who allegedly shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The video puts Zimmerman’s account of events into question. The video shows Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford Police Department in a police cruiser. Zimmerman told police…

Elderly couple terrorized as fake George Zimmerman address circulates on social media

An elderly couple have fled to a hotel room after their Sanford-area address was mistakenly linked to George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last month. Director Spike Lee retweeted the false address to his more than 240,000 followers last week and the address has continued to…

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