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  • "After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can't drive. We don't want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out." -- President Obama slamming Republicans on the campaign trail, May 2010.
  • The tide is turning and it is turning much faster than many realize.
  • What should happen if someone threatens to kill you on social media? Are they protected by the First Amendment right guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, or are they breaking the law? We will soon know now the answer after the Supreme Court rules on a case that may have far reaching ramifications well beyond the single case they are hearing.
  • 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.
  • I remember when cop cars were all big, white Chevy sedans. And police officers dressed in light blue uniforms. They wore innocent enough black, cabbie looking hats, and I was never afraid to approach them with a question, or a problem. And then I grew up. Now they drive midnight black, stealth vehicles, usually equipped with mean grill guards.
  • Six million disenfranchised citizens; voter identification laws that disproportionally affect minorities and the poor; moving polling stations, reducing early voting days, and canceling Sunday voting altogether. Welcome to the Jim Crow of the 21st Century. It's less sexy than the racist laws of the 20th Century, but it's just as dangerous.
  • When does corporal punishment cross the line into child abuse? This is a question that will garner a different answer from a broad swath of people and one that is not easy to come by. Some people, especially those from an earlier generation, tend to strongly believe in the right to discipline their child in a way they see fit.
  • The recent release of photos purportedly showing Jennifer Lawrence and a number of other celebrities naked is a serious breach of privacy that should upset anyone who believes in the ideal that everyone, even celebrities, have an inalienable right to privacy. This right is not something that is given away whenever an individual achieves stardom and it must be protected.
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  • Dane Eagle, a State Representative in Florida, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for allegedly running a red light after leaving a local fast food restaurant. The arresting officer pulled Eagle over around 2 am and arrested him after noticing his eyes were bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol. The arresting office also said Eagle stumbled and struggled to stand upright on a flat roadway while he was talking with him. Mr. Eagle denied any wrongdoing in a statement and insisted he will fight the charge.
  • Republicans in Wisconsin unanimously voted to remove Bill Kramer as Assembly Majority Leader after he was accused of sexual harassment at a recent fundraiser and another woman accused him of harassment on a recent flight back to Wisconsin.
  • Richer Farmer, former star Kentucky point guard and republican agriculture commissioner of Kentucky, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for spending public funds on himself and his family during his tenure in state government. Farmer will be serving the maximum possible sentence for his offence and was also ordered to pay the $120,500 that he illegally spent. The University of Kentucky has expressed regret about his actions, but has decided not to remove his retired jersey from the rafters in Rupp Arena.
  • Dinesh D'Souza, a prominent conservative commentator, has been charged with "making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions." D'Souza is accused of reimbursing upwards of $20,000 to individuals that donated to an unnamed candidate. Update: D'Souza plead guilty to a single felony charge of 'making illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.' The felony count carries a maximum of 24 months in prison, but the deal D'Souza struck with authorities asks for a sentence between 10 and 16 months.
  • Tom Emmer, a former GOP State Representative of Minnesota and currently running for Representative Bachmann's open seat, participated in an advertisement for a home remodeling company while at the time standing in front of his campaign poster and announcing that he is running for Congress. While the spot was eerie enough, Mr. Emmer seems to have broken campaign finance law by doing the commercial. Mr. Emmer claims that the ad was never supposed to be aired, but has not given any explanation as to why he did the ad in the first place.

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