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An unarmed black teenager took a box of cigars from a convenience store. He was pulled over by police and tried to run away. He was shot six times and died at the scene.A black 12 year old was playing with a bb gun. Police arrived on the scene and shot him to death seconds later.A suspected drug dealer has his home raided by SWAT teams.
The Republican Leadership in Congress needs an intervention. There's just no other way to put it. How can a party who proclaims they want to open up their tent and be more welcoming to people who aren't old, white men not foresee the terrible optics of ignoring the 50th Anniversary of one of the worst racial injustices in modern history? I get it.
2014 was a great year for liberals. Marriage equality is sweeping across the nation, the federal courts now have a majority of liberal jurists, America's foreign policy is being reshaped in Obama's image, and both red and blue states voted to choose if they wanted to legalize a plant. Democrats may have lost the Senate, but their priorities surely won in 2014.
The United States Government is responsible for torturing at least 119 individuals, many of whom were held 'wrongly' and were held for no reason at all.
The decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the shooting death of Michael Brown shines a spotlight on the flawed criminal justice system that we have set up in this country. An unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer and that officer will never see the inside of a criminal courtroom.
Tuesday was a big win for liberal issues and conservative politicians. If you need to read that sentence again, feel free to; it can take a while to sink in. The GOP maintained its control of the House, gained the majority in the Senate, and will soon be picking out drapes to hang in numerous governor mansions around the country, but the GOP lost big on a wide range of subjects. 1.
Two states plus Washington D.C. can follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington state by voting in favor of fully legalizing marijuana with ballot initiatives, this mid-term election cycle. The states that have decided to have their electorate vote on ballot measures this time around are: Alaska, Oregon, and Florida.
For the 2014 midterm elections, the GOP has some truly scary candidates with extreme views on women's rights, the climate, and how our government should function. Some of them proudly tout their extreme beliefs while others hide behind them, but all of them would take us a step backward should they be elected.
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Oklahoma state Senator Joseph Silk authored a bill that says a person commits first degree murder when that person performs an abortion. Senate leadership told silk that his bill goes too far.
Senator David Vitter's former mistress has publicly accused him of pressuring her to get an abortion after he found out she was carrying his child. Wendy Ellis, the anti-abortion Senator's former mistress, said in a recent interview that the sitting Senator first denied that he was the child's father, but then pressured her to get an abortion after she convinced him that the baby was in fact his. Ms. Ellis passed a polygraph exam when the story of Vitter's alleged affair first broke back in 2007 and the polygraph expert confirmed her story appears to be legit. Senator Vitter refused to take the polygraph exam, but later admitted to committing a “serious sin” back in 2007. The baby was put up for adoption immediately after birth and Ms.
Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a White Supremacist conference in 2002, during his tenure as a state representative in Louisiana. Representative Scalise spoke at a workshop designed "to teach the most effective and up-to-date methods of civil rights and heritage related activism." Scalise insists he didn't know that he was speaking to a hate group and says that he used to speak to any group that would hear him talk abo'ut his dislike of 'slush funds.'
A California gun company developed a gun that they call "The Obama Blaster" and 'thanked' the President for "being being the distinguished firearms industry spokesman and salesman of all time." The advertisement also revisits long debunked claims of the President's citizenship and right to occupy the Executive Office.
A former aide to John Padgett, the head of the Georgia Republican Party, filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the Georgia Republican Party of racism and improper termination. Qiana Keith claims she was fired after bringing up her complaint to a superior and is asking for damages and lost wages. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
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“I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
"From what I understand from doctors, if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing (conception) down."
“I think the punishment should certainly be very serious. It should be more than a civil case. It should be something very serious”
"Who cares? Who cares that she wasn’t invited into the club? She’s a woman — women aren’t allowed!...I don’t care that The Masters are a male-dominated event. I don’t care that women aren’t members of The Masters. Frankly, I kind of like the idea that women aren’t members of The Masters. Good Lord, I don’t want to be hanging out at some women’s event! Can’t men go anywhere and just be men?"
You walk up to [women] with an issue, they freak out right away. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it’s not in their nature. They don’t have love. They don’t have love.
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