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Rand Paul Slams Cliven Bundy’s Racist Rant

Rand Paul Slams Cliven Bundy’s Racist Rant

Source: Jonathan Topaz / Politico Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller on Thursday both denounced as “offensive” and “racist” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s recent comments about African-Americans. “His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Paul said in a statement, according to Business Insider. “Senator Heller completely disagrees with Mr. […]

Emanuel Cleaver Hammers Paul Ryan On Racial ‘Ignorance’

Emanuel Cleaver Hammers Paul Ryan On Racial ‘Ignorance’

Source: Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) chastised House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his controversial comments on poverty last month, calling Ryan’s reference to conservative social scientist Charles Murray a reflection of his “ignorance” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “NewsNation” Wednesday. “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities […]

Georgia Governor Signs ‘Guns Everywhere’ Into Law

Georgia Governor Signs ‘Guns Everywhere’ Into Law

Source: Larry Copeland / USA Today ELLIJAY, Ga. — It’s legal for licensed gun owners in Georgia to pack heat in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, on Wednesday signed the state’s “Safe Carry Protection Act,” which critics dubbed the “guns everywhere bill,” in north Georgia, on the edge of […]

GOP Candidate To Pres. Obama: ‘Man Up’ And Meet Me On Basketball Court

GOP Candidate To Pres. Obama: ‘Man Up’ And Meet Me On Basketball Court

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today As he finished up his victory speech Tuesday night, congressional hopeful Curt Clawson re-issued a challenge first made to President Obama in a campaign ad: Let’s meet on the basketball court. “I am going to challenge you on spending. I am going to challenge you on economic growth,” said Clawson, […]

Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria For Clemency

Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria For Clemency

Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is reevaluating its clemency recommendation process. The changes will likely result in thousands of new applications from certain federal prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. (April 22)

Mayor Who ‘Kind Of Agreed’ With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter Resigns

Mayor Who ‘Kind Of Agreed’ With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter Resigns

Source: Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo The Missouri mayor who spoke kindly of the white supremacist who allegedly went on a deadly shooting rampage at Jewish centers announced his resignation Monday night, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Daniel Clevenger resigned as mayor of Marionville, Mo. at a town meeting after residents called for his impeachment over comments he made […]

DOJ To Overhaul Clemency Process For Drug Offenders

DOJ To Overhaul Clemency Process For Drug Offenders

Source: The Huffington Post WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will announce this week new criteria for recommending that President Barack Obama grant clemency to federal drug offenders, a move that Attorney General Eric Holder anticipates will result in “thousands” of applications for reduced sentences. Deputy Attorney General James Cole will announce the new criteria later […]

Governor Will Automatically Restore Voting Rights For All Virginians With A Drug Record

Governor Will Automatically Restore Voting Rights For All Virginians With A Drug Record

Source:  Nicole Flatow / Think Progress The Virginia Constitution does not allow anyone with a felony conviction to vote unless their rights have been restored by the governor. But on Friday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced he would immediately restore voting rights to anyone who has completed their sentence for a drug offense, and reduce the waiting […]

Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

Source: Scott Keyes / Think Progress GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional. […]

Basil Paterson, NYC Political Leader And Father Of Ex-Governor David Paterson, Dead At 87

Basil Paterson, NYC Political Leader And Father Of Ex-Governor David Paterson, Dead At 87

Source: AP / theGrio NEW YORK  — Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87. Paterson died at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to a family statement that did not give the cause of death. He […]

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