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Freddie Gray's Second Amendment rights were violated -- where is the NRA?

Among the surprising things we learned today from Baltimore's chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby -- besides the news that she was indicting six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray -- was that Gray's ordeal began with an improper arrest.

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The protest against Charlie Hebdo's PEN award shows how little the magazine is still understood

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, I was glad to be a regular reader of Reason magazine editor Matt Welch, someone I got to know when we both worked years ago in Los Angeles. In the media chaos after the massacre, as American pundits tried to come to grips with what Charlie Hebdo was about and why it had been targeted, here was someone actually familiar with the publication who had lived abroad and was married to a French journalist. Welch tried to warn people about making knee-jerk pronouncements about the magazine's cartoons, because all it did was betray the fact that very few people on this side of the Atlantic really understood what they were talking about.

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Obama on the 'fourth quarter' of his presidency: 'I have something that rhymes with bucket list'

President Barack Obama poked fun at himself and at the press during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night, and more than a few of his jokes left some of the Washington press corps with their jaws open.

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Rural Georgia city council votes to fly 'Christian flag' at City Hall over objections by its own attorney

Even after the city attorney told them it was a violation of church/state separation, the city council of little Cochran, Georgia, population 5,100, voted last week to fly the "Christian flag" over its City Hall. And the city manager tells us it's still flying there now.

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DailyKos cartoonist explains why he yanked down anti-vax comic after furor

A cartoon that criticized vaccinations and the pharmaceutical industry disappeared from the liberal DailyKos website today after an uproar by its readers.

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Cognitive psychologist explains why Bill Maher is one of our best weapons against ISIS

What makes young people give up their lives and join ISIS? Over the past week, we've seen reports of troubling new examples of the Islamic State's hold on some people, who leave from various parts of Europe and even the United States to become volunteers for the brutal war zone in Syria and Iraq. Repeatedly, these stories express the frustration experts feel trying to understand what motivates recruits, some of whom are well off or have college degrees. Why are they giving up their lives in the West for one of the most dangerous places on Earth?

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Arizona lawmaker has to reveal a dark secret to school wingnut conservatives about abortion

Tucson lawmaker Victoria Steele became the latest Democratic lawmaker to spill her guts about being the victim of sexual assault in order to try and slow down conservative Republicans who are bound and determined to chip away at the right to have an abortion.

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Corporate America tells the Supreme Court that gay marriage is good for business

On Thursday, an amicus brief was filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of 379 American corporations, asking the court to end the confusion and make gay marriage legal throughout the country.

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Best reactions to Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's whistle-stop campaign speech to Congress

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an election stop today at the House chamber before a joint meeting of the US Congress, less a few dozen Democratic lawmakers who boycotted his stump speech.

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Dana Loesch leads religion pity party at CPAC: 'It's time to make Christians a protected class'

Columnist Cal Thomas, radio host Dana Loesch, and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins took part in a CPAC panel on religious freedom Saturday, and they pronounced that times were dire for followers of Jesus Christ.

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CPAC speaker calls Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren 'old, rich, white, males'

CPAC saved for Saturday morning one of its rising stars, 22-year-old South Dakota TV host Tomi Lahren, who spent part of her speech addressing complaints about the lack of diversity on America's right. Lahren acknowledged that most "Millennial" voters, who are between 18 and 33 years old, lean left politically and on social issues. But she wanted to reassure the folks at CPAC that not everyone in their 20s was a liberal Democrat in the making. But rather than describe what she said, it's probably best just to let her speak for herself. Here's what she said...

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Sean Hannity's anti-Obama reverie takes odd turn with gynecological joke about 'X-ray Fox vision'

Assuring his listeners that he was not seeking the presidential nomination in 2016, Fox News host Sean Hannity entertained at the CPAC conference Friday with some extemporaneous mugging -- including a "knick-knack paddywhack, give the dog a bone" riff, which went over big with the conservative audience.

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Rick Perry goes apocalyptic at CPAC with best ISIS freakout of the day

The speakers at CPAC have each warned the conservative audience in Maryland that America is ruined, the end days are upon us, and similar gloomy things about a country they claim to love.

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Ted Cruz and Sean Hannity talk pot on the 'Magical Mystery Hannity Hour' at CPAC

Probable presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz did his best to claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan at CPAC on Thursday with a fiery speech about how he was not all talk, but all action.

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