Fox News host Stuart Varney is outraged that state governments are continuing to help the poor feed themselves, even after Congress agreed to cut spending on food stamps.
The farm bill passed Jan. 29 cuts about $800 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but officials in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania have made changes to state programs to tie food-stamp eligibility to home-heating assistance to allow more low-income families to be eligible for aid.
The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, the SPLC found in its annual count, released today. "The radical right is growing leaner and meaner," said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and the editor of the report. "The numbers are down somewhat, but the potential for violence remains high. ... Moreover, there is a disturbing dynamic at play. At the same time that the number of extremist groups is dropping, there is more mainstream acceptance of radical-right ideas." The hate groups listed in the report include neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen and black separatists.
The Republican-dominated Arizona state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday designed to provide legal cover for businesses that refuse to serve gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. Bill sponsor Sen. Steve Yarbrough (R) claimed that the legislation protects the "religious freedom" of private business owners, but critics of the measure say that conservatives are attempting to codify bigotry into law. Yarbrough proposed an earlier draft of the bill in January that legal experts warned could potentially discriminate against single women and individuals who do not practice the Christian faith.
The gunman who killed a 17-year-old boy and tried to kill 3 others in an argument over loud music compared himself to a rape victim in phone conversations he had with his girlfriend from jail. According to Think Progress, Michael Dunn called himself both the "victor" and the "victim" in a confrontation with a group of unarmed African-American teenagers outside of a Florida convenience store.
"You know I was thinking about that today, I was like I'm the f------ victim here," Dunn told his fiancée Rhonda Rouer in December, a month after the shooting. "I was the one who was victimized."
It is the spring of 1964 and a long, hot Mississippi summer is about to explode. The civil rights community is gearing up for a major operation nicknamed Mississippi Freedom Summer. Hundreds -- if not thousands -- of mostly white student activists from the North are preparing to link up with dozens of mostly black freedom workers in the Magnolia State to accomplish what the Mississippi power structure fears the most: registering black people to vote.