Sanford Police Trainer to Zimmerman: Don’t Follow People, Don’t Confront

By |June 25th, 2013|

To win a conviction for second-degree murder, the prosecution must convince jurors that Zimmerman acted with "ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent," and "an indifference to human life," according to Florida jury instructions. - Mystery girl to testify in Trayvon Martin case [Reuters] Wendy Dorival, Sanford Police trainer of George Zimmerman on [...]

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis Continues Filibuster [Livestream] *Updated*

By |June 25th, 2013|

UPDATE VIII: Anyone still hanging in, this from Texas Tribune: It's still unclear the exact time that the Senate voted and approved Senate Bill 5 "” and whether that vote is valid. ... 'We didn't even know we were voting,' said (Democratic Senator Juan)Hinojosa, adding that the Republican senators knew they were voting, but he [...]

Anthony Weiner Now Leading for NYC Mayor

By |June 25th, 2013|

Anthony Weiner leads for NYC mayor in latest poll. IN THE latest Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist polling, Anthony Weiner has taken the lead. Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for New York City's Democratic mayoral nomination for the first time, snatching the frontrunner mantle [...]

Obama Climate Change Speech “Ambitious”? [Video]

By |June 25th, 2013|

Obama delivers Climate Change speech at Georgetown University. The Obama climate change speech as "ambitious" "“ as the New York Times characterized the plan "“ was delivered at Georgetown University this afternoon. From Mark Landler and John Broder, at the NY Times. ... Mr. Obama said he would use his executive powers to [...]

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis Planning Marathon Filibuster

By |June 25th, 2013|

Uproar after Jodie Laubenberg says rape kits prevent pregnancy. [h/t Maddow Blow] [I]n hospital emergency rooms, we have funded what's called rape kits that will help the woman, basically clean her out. And then hopefully that will alleviate that." - Rep. Jodie Laubenberg Rep. Jodie Laubenberg WHAT WILL happen in Texas [...]

Queer Talk: DOMA, Prop 8 Rulings Coming Tomorrow. Really.

By |June 25th, 2013|

Minnesota moves closer on marriage equality. As predicted by just about everyone, SCOTUS is waiting until the last day to release their decisions regarding DOMA and Prop 8, and now we finally know that tomorrow will be that day. Chief Justice Roberts announced that they'll reconvene at 10:00 AM. In addition to the [...]

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Supreme Court Ruling Limits Voting Rights Act

By |June 25th, 2013|

Supreme Court Limits Voting Rights Act THIS IS a devastating blow to civil rights and equal voting access, with the Supreme Court deciding to limit the Voting Rights Act protection of minority voters where it has historically been needed the most. The case was brought by Shelby County, Alabama. The Court decided in [...]

Russia on Snowden: We Don’t Have Him

By |June 25th, 2013|

Russia pushes back on speculation that Edward Snowden is in the country. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) THERE HAS been a lot of finger pointing at Russia since the news broke that Edward Snowden had slipped out of Hong Kong headed for that country. Today Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov strongly [...]

Jay Carney on Snowden: Relationship with China “Unquestionably” Damaged

By |June 24th, 2013|

White House says relations "unquestionably" damaged by China decision on Snowden's release from Hong Kong.(Official photo of Xi and Obama, by Pete Souza) DURING THE White House briefing with Jay Carney today, the White House said directly that Edward Snowden's release from Hong Kong "unquestionably damages" relations with China. The Administration believes he [...]

Jim Carrey Pulls Support for “Kick-Ass 2” Over Violence

By |June 24th, 2013|

Jim Carrey pulls support for "Kick-Ass 2." ONCE AGAIN, Jim Carrey has come out against gun violence, only this time the target is his own movie, "Kick-Ass 2." On Twitter, after the furor took off on the web, he tweeted his apologies: I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the [...]