DoJ, FBI Announce Probe in Trayvon Martin Case

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:00 am

The Justice Department and the FBI, responding to a growing display of outrage, will open an investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old African-American killed in a gated community in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch captain. The story of Martin’s death slowly but persistently reached the public consciousness in the three [...]

Death Threats, Vandalism: The GOP Base Descent Into Madness

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 1:27 pm

The LA Times wrote today about how tea party activists are happier with the GOP for their stand against health reform. It’s been clear enough that the tea party movement is simply an offshoot of the Republican base, with enough distance not to tarnish them with the legacy of failed President George W. Bush, so [...]

Defense Pork Now “Must-Pass” For Obama

By: Friday October 23, 2009 7:31 am

As I noted yesterday, Congress gave final passage to the Matthew Shepard Act, an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill. This bill was tucked into the defense authorization bill, which is almost always described as a “must-pass” measure. Here’s how the New York Times describes it: The 68-to-29 vote sends the legislation to President Obama, who has [...]

Congress Poised To Approve Matthew Shepard Act

By: Thursday October 22, 2009 1:45 pm

The Obama Administration is about to get a tangible piece of legislation to sign. Today the Senate voted to close debate on the defense authorization bill by a count of 64-35. This year’s version includes the Matthew Shepard Act, which adds crimes against members of the LGBT community into the overall hate-crimes legislation. Under this [...]

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