Man who served 21 years in prison for dealing meth now controlled by a rigid Christian halfway house

It didn’t take long after Dicky Joe Jackson’s son, Cole, got sick, for the health insurance company to find a way to avoid covering his treatments.

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Why attacking a police officer should not be a hate crime

A new Louisiana law will make attacking a police officer a federal hate crime, the first of its kind. But given how eager lawmakers are to outdo each other demonstrating support for law enforcement, it won’t be the last. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing for a similar law in Texas. And following summer recess, Congress is likely to take up similar legislation called the Blue Lives Matter Act, Reuters reports.

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Seattle cops open sex spa to snare men who pay for it

In May, the Seattle Police Department’s Vice & High Risk Victims Unit shut down a massage parlor that allegedly offered sexual services. Then they thought, “Hey, why not open our own sex spa in the same spot? Is there any better use of police time and resources than staging an elaborate sting designed to catch men willing to pay for a hand job from an adult woman?”

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NYPD commissioner blames marijuana for 'vast majority' of drug violence -- but here's the truth

NYPD police commissioner William Bratton—whose broken-windows approach to policing culminated in the proud crime-fighting crusade to save New Yorkers from dancing children—has some thoughts on marijuana legalization. They are almost entirely wrong.

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Here are 5 reasons why drug testing welfare recipients is profoundly stupid

Before Scott Walker unhappily shuffled away from the GOP primary race, he tried to stand out in the crowded field with a right-wing classic: striving to make life harder for poor people who need government aid. Since July, Walker has boasted about his efforts to force every person who applies for food stamps (SNAP) to undergo a drug test. The ever-ambitious Wisconsin Governor even preemptively sued the federal government to ensure that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps, wouldn't quash the program.

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Watch this insane video presented by Kim Davis' law group at extremist Christian campus

The lawyers representing Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, have made their own headlines of late. Attorney Mathew Staver, for one, likened marriage licenses for gays and lesbians to granting "a license to sodomize children or something of that nature."

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'Just like feeding a stray dog': Here's what the rich say about the homeless when they think no one's looking

The photo shows a tiny blonde woman sitting on the sidewalk in front of a newsstand, wearing combat boots and striped blue-and-white socks pulled over her ankles. A dog is sleeping beside her, partly obscuring a sign that reads, "Anything helps."

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Here's how homeless kids and families are trying to survive in one of America's richest cities

Kewanee Colbert has a full-time job prepping food for one of those fancy gourmet meal delivery services that are booming in New York and other cities. Still, he lives in a Bronx shelter for homeless families with his fiancée and three kids, ages 2, 4, and 7. While he's grateful that his family has a roof over their heads, he sums up the experience as, "It gets to you."

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'You have to be ready to eliminate the threat': Fearmongering and GOP groveling at NRA convention

It's the afternoon before the first day of the NRA's annual conference at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Handguns, rifles and semi-autos are unpacked and hung in booths; scaffolding and stages are raised; one vendor grapples with a tragic routing mistake—his wares have somehow ended up somewhere in Florida instead of Tennessee ('How can they confuse Florida with Tennessee?!")

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This red state almost expanded health insurance to 280,000 poor people -- then the Kochs got involved

Tracy Foster calmly explains that when she goes to doctors, all they can do is "poke" -- she makes a poking motion with her hand -- her bladder back into place, because it is falling out of her body. She has bladder cancer. She needs to have surgery immediately, the doctors all agree, but she doesn't have insurance and can't get the operation unless she hands over eight thousand dollars up front (two thousand for the doctor, six thousand for the hospital). She doesn't have that kind of money or a health plan to cover it.

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How having a baby can land a woman in jail

Medical professionals contend that drug addiction is a disease. So why do we throw women in jail for being addicted to drugs while pregnant?

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