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Low-Income Workers Have Nowhere Affordable To Live, New Report Shows

Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new analysis of families’ living costs published Wednesday.<p>The analysis, released by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, is an annual update of the …

The 14th Amendment Did Not Include American Indians

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji)<p>The Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States brought it up first.<p>Donald Trump suggested that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States be changed. That amendment automatically guarantees the right of citizenship to anyone born on …

Dee Barnes and Michel'le Speak Out About Dr. Dre's Abusive Past, Exclusion From Straight Outta Compton

<i>Photo via Dee Barnes' Facebook page</i><p>With Dr. Dre's past back in the spotlight due to the release of the N.W.A biopic <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> and his new album <i>Compton</i>, a renewed conversation about Dre's history of abuse against women has been taking place. Now, two women have spoken out directly about …

The Iranian People's Reaction to the Nuclear Deal

When news of the nuclear deal with Iran was announced, millions of Iranians celebrated in the streets. Opponents of the deal in the United States labeled the celebration as Iran's victory parade over the U.S.<p>Though, images streaming in from Iran painted a different picture. These crowds were not …

Congressman Calls For Georgia Official To Resign After Racist Post

The GOP official used a racial slur to describe an African American woman on Facebook.<p>Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is calling for the resignation of a local county commissioner after the Republican official went on a racist rant on Facebook.<p>According to an NBC affiliate in Atlanta, John Douglas, who …

The Texas county where Sandra Bland died: there's 'racism from cradle to grave'

Waller County, where Bland was arrested and later found dead in jail, has a long history of racial tension, especially where police are concerned: ‘You have to dot your i’s and cross your t’s before being black in Waller County’<p>Waller County, Texas, where Sandra Bland was found dead in a jail cell …

Immigration cage match! Geraldo Rivera and Ann Coulter throw down on “Hannity”

Coulter wishes we could “criticize” Hispanics like the Irish were “criticized” in the 19th and early 20th Century<p>On "Hannity" Thursday night, Geraldo Rivera confronted both host Sean Hannity and fellow guest Ann Coulter on the subject of immigration, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that the …

Elizabeth Warren slams Scott Walker over gay marriage

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president -- but that's not stopping her from taking a swing at a leading <b>likely</b> Republican presidential candidate.<p>The progressive senator from Massachusetts on Monday night knocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for calling for a …

LGBTQ
Dylann Roof

Ted Cruz Cracks Jokes On Gun Control Days After Charleston Shooting

RED OAK, Iowa - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dropped a few gun control jokes during his latest swing through Iowa, days after the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church.<p>"You know the great thing about the state of Iowa is, I'm pretty sure you all define gun control the …

Shooting suspect in custody after Charleston church massacre

<b>Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Before he allegedly opened fire on members of a Bible study group at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof sat with them. He might have prayed with them.<p>A Snapchat video from Wednesday night at the historic African-American church shows Roof at a …

Charleston Church Shooting
Justice
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Latin America

Fox News and the Duggars reach a disgusting new low: The twisted persecution complex in last night’s insane interview

In a carnival of self-righteousness, Michelle and Jim Bob absolve their son and blame their woes on their enemies<p>Megyn Kelly, avenger, swooped in to get an interview with the victims in the Duggar family molestation case. The victims being parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, of course. In the span …

St. Louis Police Turn Stun Guns On Non-Violent Protesters Near Busch Stadium

ST. LOUIS -- On Friday night, police and protesters clashed outside Busch Stadium. A Black Lives Matter demonstration involving a few dozen activists led to eight arrests, two of which included the use of stun guns by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s bike patrol unit, according to …

Murder capital: Baltimore’s homicide explosion in wake of Freddie Gray case dwarfs rate of similar cities

The double murder Thursday of a young mother and her 7-year-old boy brought Baltimore's bloody monthly homicide tally to 38, a figure that dwarfs that of similar-sized cities and even exceeds the total for the same period in New York.<p>"Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are …

Justice

Hastert rose to speakership among the scandals of others

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dennis Hastert's career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others.<p>Now, eight years after leaving Congress, Hastert's own legacy is threatened by an indictment charging financial misdeeds — and cryptically referring to "misconduct" against an …

Dennis Hastert

Police: Man shoots 11-year-old boy in chest with BB gun, says boy once shot his 5-year-old son

Authorities in Pennsylvania say a man has shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun and claims the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon.<p>Police in Allegheny County allege that 31-year-old Albert Clark of McKeesport approached the boy on the playground of …

Guns
Rights & Freedoms

Viral rewind: Rand Paul said he opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — and Rachel Maddow eviscerated him

His silence around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act starts to make some sense<p>You held out for as long as you could, but one day — against your better judgment — you clicked on a viral video. A song about chocolate rain. A man going full-psycho over double rainbows. Rebecca. Effing. …

Bobby Jindal: George W. Bush 'Made Absolutely The Right Decision' On Iraq

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) stood behind the invasion of Iraq Saturday night, although he criticized questions like the kind that have tripped up former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in recent days.<p>On Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, ABC News asked Jindal whether the United States should have invaded …

12 Years of Bush Presidencies = 747,000 Net New Private Sector Jobs

As former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) flails about trying to use his family name to attract financial and elite support while also desperately trying to distance himself from his brother's disastrous record, there is another problem he cannot run away from: The 12 Bush years were the worst on record …

Across US, knife laws can differ by state, city, even town

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few miles off in any direction, and the debate about the knife involved in Freddie Gray's arrest by Baltimore police may have been completely different.<p>The state of Maryland has one set of laws governing knives. The city of Baltimore has its own rules. Caught in the middle are …

Justice

Congressman who advised ex-wife to seek abortion votes for late-term abortion ban

A Tennessee congressman who supported his ex-wife’s decision to have two abortions, voted this week for a bill that would ban late-term abortions, according to news reports.<p>Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R), a anti-abortion conservative and former physician from Jasper, Tenn., joined 241 fellow House …

Feminism

Baltimore officer who beat suspect during arrest gets jail sentence: newspaper

(Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer who could be seen in a surveillance video beating an unarmed black suspect during an arrest last year pleaded guilty to assault on Friday and was sentenced to six months in jail, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported.<p>The Sun reported that officer Vincent Cosom …

Justice

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths

On Tuesday afternoon, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne stood before a crowded press conference and announced that Madison, Wisconsin, police Officer Matt Kenny, who is white, would not face charges in the March 6 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr., an unarmed biracial …

Krauthammer: Obama 'doesn’t know a damn thing about what’s on Fox'

Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday for making "ad hominem" attacks against Fox News and its portrayal of poor people.<p>"Look, this is sort of a pathological Obama where, you know, he picks up these memes," the conservative columnist and Fox News contributer told radio …

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