MSNBC Analyst: Zimmerman Is Peruvian-American, Not Hispanic
Toure, a liberal MSNBC analyst, argued today that George Zimmerman is Peruvian-American, not actually Hispanic, and that Republicans “are in their mansions because they don’t care” about the black community or black-on-black crime.
Toure explained that Republicans are “talking ...
San Diego Mayor To Enter Therapy for Sexual Harassment
Bob Filner, the mayor of San Diego, announced today that he will enter “intensive counseling” to deal with his sexual misconduct.
To date, seven women, including a retired Navy admiral, have revealed that they were sexually harassed by Filner. At ...
MSNBC Analyst: Rush Limbaugh ‘Represents The Confederacy’
Rush Limbaugh would have sided with the confederacy during the Civil War, according to MSNBC analyst Dorian Warren. Warren, a Columbia professor and fellow at the progressive Roosevelt Institute, explained that Limbaugh “represents the Confederacy. He would have been on ...
David Axelrod: ‘Hillary Clinton Probably Will Be The Candidate’
Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic candidate for president in 2016, according to longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod, and only if she passes up a presidential bid will vice president Joe Biden run.
“I think that Hillary Clinton probably will ...
Inspector General Defends Integrity in IRS Audit
Treasury inspector general for tax administration J. Russell George defended his integrity and objectivity in a hearing today over the IRS tea-party targeting scandal.
George oversaw the investigation into the IRS that found evidence of the deliberate targeting of tea-party ...
Trayvon Martin’s Father: ‘If Trayvon Had Been White, This Never Would Have Happened’
Speaking for the first time since the verdict, Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said that George Zimmerman racially profiled his son. “If Trayvon had been white, this never would have happened,” said Martin. “Obviously race is playing some type ...
Black Caucus To Push Racial Profiling Legislation
After the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Congressional Black Caucus is preparing to push for a series of new federal crime-related laws. According to the Hill, they’re ”drafting proposals intended to rein in racial profiling; scrap state stand-your-ground laws; ...
Jimmy Carter: Zimmerman Acquittal Was ‘The Right Decision’
Former President Jimmy Carter broke with many liberal commentators yesterday when he told a local NBC affiliate that the jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman was “the right decision.”
“I think the jury made the right decision based in the ...
National Atheist Party Changes Name, Hopes To Create ‘Worldwide Network of Secular Organizations'
The National Atheist Party voted last week to change its name to the “Secular Party of America.” The decision was ratified by 76 percent of election voters, and followed months of parliamentary procedure and two days of voting.
In a statement ...
University to Offer Class on Trayvon Martin
The Trayvon Martin case is already making its way into the classroom. This fall, George Mason University in Virginia will offer a sociology class called “Race and Politics, Trayvon Martin.”
According to the syllabus, the class will discuss the connection ...
Prosecutor Invokes Martin Luther King
Zimmerman prosecutor Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda invoked Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in describing the testimony of trial witness Rachel Jeantel.
Rionda described Jeantel as “unsophisticated,” but argued that she is the most valuable witness ...
Judge Rejects Child Abuse Charges
Judge Debra Nelson has rejected the prosecution’s request to add a third degree murder charge on the grounds of child abuse. The ruling follows a heated exchange between the two sides in the case earlier in the day, in ...
Fired Sanford Police Chief Was Told 'We Just Want an Arrest' of Zimmerman
In an interview with CNN, former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee explained that he was fired from his post for trying to conduct an objective investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Lee told CNN that he decided not to ...
Judge Confronts Zimmerman in Testy Exchange
A hostile exchange took place in the courtroom today where George Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder as Judge Debra Nelson questioned the defendant about his plans to testify.
Nelson reminded Zimmerman that he has the “absolute right ...
Law-Enforcement Expert: No Evidence That Zimmerman Acted Out Of Hatred
Law-enforcement expert Dennis Root testified today in the George Zimmerman trial that there is no evidence that Zimmerman acted out of ill will, spite, or evil intent when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
To convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder, ...
Trainer: George Zimmerman ‘Still Learning How To Punch’
George Zimmerman’s trainer, Adam Pollock, testified today on Zimmerman’s physical fitness and training history. Pollock described Zimmerman as generally pleasant, but noted that he was “physically soft” and “fat.” Asked why Zimmerman never learned to spar with a ...
St. Louis Cardinals Remove Stan Musial Memorial Cross From Pitcher’s Mound
Last Friday, the grounds crew of the St. Louis Cardinals removed a cross and the number “6” that had been scratched onto the back of the pitcher’s mound at Busch Stadium. The two symbols had been an ongoing memorial for ...
Law Professor: Injuries Are Not Necessary to Justify Use of Deadly Force
Testifying today in the Zimmerman trial, George Zimmerman’s criminal law professor, U.S. Army Captain Alexis Francisco Carter, said that the “Stand Your Ground” law was a common topic of class discussion, which seems to contradict Zimmerman’s claim ...
Prosecution: Street Address Was Clearly Visible, Zimmerman Sought to Confront Martin
Continuing his testimony today, Christopher Serino, the lead investigator of the Trayvon Martin shooting, provided evidence that may undermine George Zimmerman’s narrative of the shooting.
Yesterday, jurors heard an audio recording of Zimmerman’s interview with police officers and ...
Jurors Hear Zimmerman’s Account Of Shooting
For the first time, jurors today heard George Zimmerman’s narrative of the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. While it is still unclear if Zimmerman will testify before the court, the prosecution presented two pieces of evidence documenting ...
Star Witness: ‘I Don’t Recall’ If Trayvon Martin Used ‘Cracker’ and N-Word
Rachel Jeantel, the star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, testified today about the kind of language Trayvon Martin used to describe George Zimmerman. The question of racially charged language is significant because the prosecution has sought to cast Zimmerman ...
Star Witness to Defense Attorney: ‘That’s Real Retarded, Sir’
Testifying again today, Rachel Jeantel, the star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, said that one of the defense attorney’s suggestions was “real retarded.”
Jeantel, who was speaking with Trayvon minutes before he was shot and killed, said that ...
McConnell to Norm Ornstein: ‘You’ve Been Consistently Wrong on Almost Everything’
Speeches before Washington think tanks tend not to be the most exciting of events. But that didn’t stop Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from having his fun with a longtime critic earlier this morning.
Speaking before the American Enterprise Institute, ...
Ingraham to Ryan: Why Are You Pushing a Bill the CBO Says Drives Down Wages?
Laura Ingraham asked Representative Paul Ryan on her radio show today why he supports immigration reform that could harm middle-class Americans. She asked him, “The CBO report says that [the Gang of Eight] approach, which would allow in all these ...
President Obama Plays With Dangerous Water-Fed Assault Weapon
In honor of Father’s Day, the White House tweeted out this picture on Saturday of President Obama shooting water guns with his daughters:
Hope all the dads out there have a great Father’s Day weekend: http://t.co/...
U.S. Military Plan for Arming Syrian Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone
The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. military’s hypothetical plan to arm the Syrian opposition will include a no-fly zone in part of the country:
A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for ...
Russia May Welcome the NSA Leaker
According to the Wall Street Journal, Russia is considering offering asylum to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency employee now charged with disclosing secret programs to the press. Snowden originally chose to flee to Hong Kong, praising it for ...
SF Subway System’s Highest-Paid Employee Doesn’t Work There Anymore
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the San Francisco Bay Area Transit system (BART, San Francisco’s light-rail system) paid $330,000 in 2012 to Dorothy Dugger, making Dugger the tax-payer funded agency’s highest-paid employee. Unfortunatey, Dugger has not worked since ...
The Humanities in Decline
Harvard has released an extensive report on the state of the university’s humanities programs. The study outlines the dramatic decline of enrollment in Harvard’s many humanities majors, and considers several of the most prominent contemporary criticisms of the ...
Cuccinelli May Be Latest IRS Target
For the past eight months, the IRS has been blocking roughly $125 million owed to Virginia as part of a Medicaid fraud settlement. Virginia earned this money by leading a massive health-care fraud investigation into Abbott Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company that ...
Cuomo Pushes Abortion Rights
At a press conference today, New York governor Andrew Cuomo laid out his ten-point “Women’s Equality Act.” The most controversial part of the bill is Cuomo’s proposal to reform abortion regulations. Cuomo defended the bill in a blog ...
The Supreme Court on DNA Swabs
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Maryland v. King ruled that police have the right to use DNA swabs to connect arrested individuals with unrelated, unsolved crimes. This ruling, which has enormous consequences for the future incorporation of science in ...
Massachusetts GOP Senate Candidate: Republicans ‘Will Consider Me a Pain in the Butt’
The Republican candidate in Massachusetts’s special Senate election, Gabriel Gomez, predicted today that “in a few months from now, some in the Republican party will consider me to be a pain in the butt.”
Gomez has spent the past ...
Avik Roy on the Future Of Obamacare
NRO Columnist Avik Roy spoke today on MSNBC to discuss how Republicans should deal with Obamacare going forward.
He explained that many Republicans are resisting the movement led by Senator Mike Lee to defund Obamacare now with the threat of ...
Kerry Refers to Palestine as a Country
Secretary of State John Kerry referred to the Palestinian Authority as a country while speaking last week at the United Nations.
Talking to journalists last Thursday, Kerry said: “It’s my hope that that will be able to happen as ...
Melissa Harris-Perry: Obama’s Trayvon Martin Remarks Are ‘Absolutely Historic’
President Obama’s remarks today on the Trayvon Martin shooting are “absolutely historic,” according to MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.
Harris-Perry gushed about the president’s remarks, explaining that his brief press conference represented a revolutionary shift in American race relations. ...
Joe Scarborough Calls Zimmerman A ‘Racist Idiot’
Joe Scarborough wrote today that he believes George Zimmerman is “a racist idiot who chased an unarmed teenager through a neighborhood for little reason more than he was a black man wearing a hoodie.”
The comment came in a Politico ...
In Speech, Obama Pushes Misleading Health-care Statistics
In an address today on his health-care law, President Obama argued that the Affordable Care Act has already begun lowering premiums for consumers, suggesting it’s made the health-insurance market more competitive and efficient.
“In states like California, Oregon, Washington,” ...
Keith Olbermann to Host Talk Show on ESPN2
Beginning August 26, Keith Olbermann will host a late-night talk show on ESPN2 called “Olbermann.” The show will air at 11 p.m., while Sportscenter runs on ESPN. Olbermann will be allowed to discuss sports, current events, and pop culture, but his ...
Jeantel Calls Limbaugh Racist
Rachel Jeantel, a key witness in the Zimmerman trial, said that Rush Limbaugh sounded racist when he used the term “nigga,” which she had earlier explained was not a racial slur.
On his show yesterday, Limbaugh used the word several ...
Jeantel Explains Racial Terms, Reacts to Zimmerman Verdict on CNN
Star witness Rachel Jeantel gave Piers Morgan a full lesson last night on what she considers to be the definitions of the race-based terms, such as “cracka” and “n*gga, that she used during the Zimmerman trial. She explained to ...
Zimmerman Defense Likens Prosecutor to Televangelist Joel Osteen
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara criticized the prosecution’s animated style in closing statements earlier today, likening George Zimmerman–trial prosecutor John Guy’s effusive style to that of televangelist Joel Osteen.
O’Mara argued that the prosecution appealing to ...
Defense Attorney: ‘I Will Prove To You That My Client Is Innocent’
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara began his closing statement in the George Zimmerman trial arguing that the prosecution failed to definitively prove that Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.
O’Mara told jurors,“I will prove to you that my client is ...
Prosecution: George Zimmerman ‘Profiled [Martin] as a Criminal’
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda opened his closing statement in the trial of George Zimmerman by arguing that Zimmerman “profiled” Trayvon Martin as a criminal.
Rionda explained that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, wanted to “play policeman” and “made the ...
Judge: ‘If I Have Made A Mistake In This Case, You Will Appeal’
Judge Debra Nelson butted heads with defense attorney Don West once again in a pre-trial hearing today — this time regarding the instructions the jury will be given in the George Zimmerman trial. “If I have made a mistake in this ...
Defense Attorney: Prosecution’s Tactics Are 'Outrageous'
In a pre-trial hearing this morning, the prosecution asked the court to bring charges of child abuse and third degree murder against George Zimmerman.
Defense attorney Don West denounced the proposal, calling the allegation unfounded and arguing that the state ...
Louisiana City Councilman Seeks To Ban Gay-Pride Flag on Government Buildings
Andy Naquin, a City-Parish Councilman from Lafayette, La., is pushing for a city ordinance that would ban the flying of the rainbow-colored gay-pride flag on government property.
Naquin was first contacted about the flag by a veteran, who saw a ...
Want to See What Your Personal Metadata Looks Like?
A new project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab shows Gmail users visualizations of the metadata of their e-mail activity. The tool, called “Immersion,” says it offers “a people-centric view of your email life using only your ...
Trayvon Martin’s Father: 911 Call Screams Not Trayvon Martin
Lead police investigator Christopher Serino testified today that Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said that the screams for help captured in a 911 call did not belong to Trayvon Martin.
Serino let Martin listen to the recording before asking, “Is ...
Defense Witnesses: Zimmerman Is the One Screaming on 9-1-1 Call
Several witnesses in the George Zimmerman trial have testified that screams for help captured by a call to police just as Trayvon Martin was shot and killed came from George Zimmerman.
The defense began calling witnesses on July 5 after the ...
Medical Examiner: Zimmerman’s Injuries Were Not Serious
Testifying Tuesday for the prosecution, Valerie Rao, a medical examiner, provided analysis of the injuries George Zimmerman received on the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Rao deemed the injuries “insignificant” and said that they were not life threatening ...
Zimmerman Trial Investigator: Life Threatening Injuries Not Necessary To Justify Deadly Force
Testifying today, Sanford Police Department’s lead investigator on the Trayvon Martin case, Christopher Serino, said he did not believe that George Zimmerman’s injuries looked life threatening.
Defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, asked Serino if he had seen the ...
Eye Witness: Trayvon Martin Was On Top of Zimmerman, Looked Like ‘Pound and Ground’
John Good, testifying today in the George Zimmerman trial, recounted the fight he saw between Zimmerman and Martin just minutes before Martin was shot and killed.
Good said he saw Zimmerman down on the ground, with Martin on top of ...
Star Witness: ‘I Understand English Really Well’
Rachel Jeantel, the star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, testified today that she has no problem speaking or understanding English. The point is significant because the prosecution may have sought to justify any discrepancies in her testimony as a ...
Top Voting Rights Overreactions
The Supreme Court’s decision earlier this morning to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act immediately brought on a media hailstorm. Liberal pundits and politicians took to Twitter and cable news to condemn the decision and bemoan America’...
Ted Cruz: Immigration Bill Establishes ‘Affirmative Action’ For Illegals
Speaking today on the Rush Limbaugh show, Texas senator Ted Cruz said that the Senate immigration bill “sets up affirmative action — a strong preference in hiring — for those who are here illegally.”
Cruz argued that because illegal immigrants who are ...
Sessions: Gang of Eight’s Enforcement Is Weaker Than 2007, ‘In Many Ways Much Weaker than ’86’
Senator Jeff Sessions, an outspoken critic of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, harshly criticized the legislation’s enforcement provisions today, saying “It’s dramatically weaker than the [previous] bills. It’s not the toughest bill ever. It’s ...
White House: Chemical Weapons Used in Syria
The White House confirmed earlier today that the Syrian military has used chemical weapons against rebel forces:
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said in a statement that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that between 100 and 150 Syrians died from ...
NSA Revelations Make Orwell’s 1984 a Bestseller
The Los Angeles Times reports that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 are booming, moving the dystopic novel to Amazon’s bestseller list.
Thanks to the ongoing National Security Administration surveillance scandal, George Orwell’s “1984″ is enjoying a surge in popularity, ...
Federal Government Eliminates Limits on Emergency Contraception
The Obama administration has reversed its position on emergency contraception, and has decided to comply with a court ruling allowing emergency “Plan B” contraception to be sold over the counter without any restrictions.
In a court filing Monday, the Justice ...
Poll: Americans Strongly Favor Federalist Approach to Gay Marriage
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe that gay marriage ought to be dealt with at the state level. Sixty percent of respondents believe that the issue should be left to the states, while ...
What E-Verify Has in Store
One key reform that has come under scrutiny in the Gang of Eight immigration bill is the “E-Verify” system, which currently allows employers to check the legal status of job applicants.
Under the proposal, the E-Verify system would be made ...
Fort Hood Shooter’s Defense: I Was Protecting the Taliban
At a hearing yesterday, Major Nidal Malik Hasan announced in court that he will use a “defense of others” argument to justify his actions. Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 and wounding 29 in a shooting at Texas’s Fort Hood ...
Kerry: Israel Must Enter Multilateral Talks
Speaking yesterday before the American Jewish Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that part of the reason for continued terrorism and violence against Israel is that the country has acted unilaterally in making gestures toward peace.
Discussing the continued ...
Fort Hood Shooter to Defend Himself in Court
Major Nidal Malik Hasan has been cleared to defend himself in front of a military tribunal. Hassan, an army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, is charged with the 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood military base that left 13 soldiers dead and 30 wounded. ...