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The tragic death of African American police brutality victim Eric Garner and the failure to indict the officer who placed him in a chokehold before he died in police custody, sparked a movement against racially motivated attacks and violent responses from law enforcement. What happened to Eric Garner should never happen to anyone, and his untimely, unjustified death sparked movements and protests not only all over New York City, but throughout the entire country. Given the widespread knowledge of Garner’s case in 2014, what fellow New Yorker and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did yesterday during a rally speech in Rome, New York becomes…

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Yesterday, the news was once again all over Trump’s latest flap over abortion rights, with one pundit after another talking about how it has really hurting him with women. Interestingly, it wasn’t just liberal women who were appalled by his comments, that women should be punished for having abortions; conservative pro-life women were apoplectic. The last thing they want is some late-coming yahoo suggesting that just because abortion is murder,  any woman who has one is some kind of criminal. It might hurt the cause. But it wasn’t just the abortion gaffe, it was the accumulation of Trumpian misogyny —…

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Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been bashing party leaders for several days after rival Ted Cruz has successfully maneuvered himself into securing several delegates. As Trump sees it, its unfair and undemocratic for Cruz to obtain delegates via state party meetings, arcane rules governing who receives delegates from primaries and the like. As a result, Trump has been loudly whining to the media. During an exclusive interview with The Hill at Trump Tower, Trump said, “It’s a disgrace for the party. And Reince Priebus should be ashamed of himself. He should be ashamed of himself because he knows…

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Before Tennessee legislators move forward with a sexually-discriminating “bathroom bill,” they might want to take a close look at one of that bill’s chief sponsors, and on the same general topic. Rep. Jeremy Durham, a Republican from Franklin, is under investigation for sexually harassing 34 women who are or were employed by state legislature. The claims, which have been building up since January during an ongoing investigation, hit a new peak last week. In a letter to state House officials, the state Attorney General’s office said: “Durham’s alleged behavior may pose a continuing risk to unsuspecting women who are employed…

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The 9/11 Commission Report was incomplete when it was released, and remains incomplete to this day. As of now, there is a lot of material that remains classified, including 28 pages that one Congressman calls “stunning,” that the Obama administration is working to release to the public – estimated to be completed in the next two months.  They may actually contain solid evidence showing Saudi Arabia was, in fact, involved somehow in the 9/11 attacks. Republican North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones thinks that the only reason the pages were made classified in the first place was because the Bush administration…

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The Obama administration plans to forgive $7.7 billion in federal student loans held by nearly 400,000 permanently disabled Americans. By law, anyone with a severe disability is eligible to have the government discharge their federal student loans. The administration took steps four years ago to make the process easier by letting people who are totally and permanently disabled use their Social Security designation to apply for a discharge, but few took advantage. The Department of Education is now taking it upon itself to identify eligible borrowers and guide them through the steps to discharge their loans. “Too many eligible borrowers…

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Mississippi Republicans should worry about the billions of federal dollars they are about to lose but they should also worry about the Christian bakers they have pissed off. Just a few days ago, bakery owner Mitchell Moore blasted Republicans in his state for passing an anti-LGBT law that allows bigoted Christians to discriminate against employees and customers at will for any reason as long as they hide behind a so-called “sincerely held religious belief” to do so. “The assumption that they think that they’re looking out for us – that’s not what they are doing,” Moore said during an interview…

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama fell just a tiny bit short of giving a clear endorsement of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.  While Obama made a speech at the new Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the president reminded everyone of his passion for equality and women’s rights when he said that one day, he hoped that Americans would be shocked that women had not served as President of the United States. Touching on inequalities such as voting rights, the still-present gender pay gap and other ongoing patriarchal injustices that women are facing, Obama said: “I want young girls and boys to come…

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During a speech at Facebook development conference Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg spoke of the dangers of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s policies as well as speaking about climate change. Zuckerberg said, “As I travel around the world I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some case even cutting access to the Internet.” Zuckerberg’s comments seem to refer to specific proposals made by Trump,…

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The Missouri Primary, which happened back on March 15th, ended with races that were officially too close to call. Well, today, Missouri Secretary of State announced the winners…and they are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In the final vote, Trump beat Ted Cruz by 0.2 percentage points, 40.9% to 40.7%. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton also led by 0.2 percentage points, beating Bernie Sanders 49.6% to 49.4%. Here are the delegate counts from Missouri: Republican side: Donald Trump: 25 Ted Cruz: 15 John Kasich: 0 Democratic side, including superdelegates: Hillary Clinton: 46 Bernie Sanders: 34 Regarding the superdelegates? Lets remember…

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