Arizona cop cleared of murder of sobbing, unarmed man

A former Mesa, Arizona police officer who fatally shot and killed an unarmed father of two was cleared of second degree murder charges on Thursday.

Philip Mitchell Brailsford, 27, was also cleared of criminal liability in the death of Daniel Shaver. It took the Maricopa County jury approximately 12 hours over a span of two days to find Brailsford not guilty.

The tragedy unfolded nearly two years ago in January 2016 when Shaver, 26, was staying at the Mesa La Quinta Inn. Shave...

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Congress votes to substantially weaken gun laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings

The House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday, in a vote of 231 to 198, that would allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapons across state lines.

This is the first major piece of gun legislation passed by Congress since a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival in October. Barely one month later, on November 5, a lone gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 20 others inju...

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Congress votes to substantially weaken gun laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings

The House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday, in a vote of 231 to 198, that would allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapons across state lines.

This is the first major piece of gun legislation passed by Congress since a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival in October. Barely one month later, on November 5, a lone gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 20 others inju...

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Fox News’ extremely creative coverage of Michael Flynn’s guilty plea

On Friday morning, former Trump campaign official and National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his repeated contact with Russian officials before, during, and after the Trump campaign.

More significantly, the guilty plea suggests that Flynn is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into the Trump White House’s efforts to collude with Russia in order to win the 2016 presidential election.

Shortly af...

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Joe Barton retires over leaked nudes as Democrats fail to handle their own predatory men

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) will retire at the end of his 17th term, the oil industry favorite announced Thursday afternoon, after the leak of salacious but consensual correspondence with a former sex partner.

Barton’s decision marks the downfall of a long-significant figure within the GOP caucus. The seat he’s held since 1985 is almost certain to stay in Republican hands, though candidates to replace him have only about two weeks to file paperwork to run next year.

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Arkansas is proof that discredited sting videos have severe consequences

Arkansas once again cut off access to Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood over discredited sting videos filmed in secret by an anti-abortion group.

The state terminated Planned Parenthood’s status as a medical provider last week after an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding Arkansas’ right to do so took effect, Arkansas Department of Human Services spokesperson Amy Webb said Monday. The court ruled in August that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s...

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White House press secretary says it doesn’t matter if racist videos Trump tweeted are real or fake

President Trump decies any critical reporting of him as “Fake News.” But on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president’s decision to retweet three inflammatory videos about Muslims in the UK — whether or not they are even real.

On Wednesday morning, Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First. The videos purportedly show Muslims beating up a Dutch ...

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The public health problem buried in the Senate GOP’s tax bill

Alcohol is linked to more deaths than guns or opioids. Between 2006–2010, excessive alcohol use resulted in 88,000 deaths per year. For comparison, drug overdoses killed about 64,000 people in 2016 — and we’ve declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

As alcohol-linked deaths continue to rise, the Senate is expected to vote on a tax bill this week that would exacerbate this public health problem. Tucked away in the Senate’s tax bill is the “Craft ...

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More than 200,000 Americans tried to buy a gun on Black Friday

More than 200,000 Americans sought to buy a gun the day after Thanksgiving this year, based on federal background check data.

The Black Friday rush on firearms dwarfed the equivalent figures for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and far exceeded even the relatively elevated level of gun sales recorded through the background check data, Bloomberg reported.

There were more than 203,000 separate pings of the background check database on the retail industry’s most important day of the y...

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Trump recommends reading this insane website

In a Saturday night tweet, Trump attacked CNN, saying the network’s international division “represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly.” A few minutes later, Trump tweeted an alternative: MagaPill.com.

Wow, even I didn’t realize we did so much. Wish the Fake News would report! Thank you. https://t.co/ApVbu2b0Jd

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2017

The name MagaPill is a riff on “red pill,&#...

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