"If you had to imagine the platonic form of a failed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it would probably involve a guy in camo cargo pants and an American flag vest, waving an even bigger confederate flag, who sets his own hair on fire." -- Gawker read more
Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man's family. Police claim Crawford ignored their commands to drop the weapon, and the former Marine who called in the report and witnessed the shooting said Crawford "looked like he was going to go violently." But attorney Michael Wright said surveillance video from the incident, which Ohio's attorney general allowed him to watch with Crawford's family, contradicted those accounts. "John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping," Wright said. The attorney said surveillance video showed Crawford facing away from officers, talking on the phone, and leaning on the pellet gun like a cane when he was "shot on sight" in a "militaristic" response by police.
Standard & Poor's Ratings cut the credit score for Kansas to AA from AA+ on Wednesday in another blow to the deep income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is struggling to keep his post in the upcoming election. In a report explaining the downgrade, S&P said the Kansas budget is not structurally balanced and described a fiscal situation with very little breathing room. Another rating agency, Moody's Investors Service, downgraded the state's credit score to Aa2 in April. It raised similar concerns about the lack of spending cuts, citing a sluggish economy and the state's use of one-time measures to balance its budget. read more
After an extensive investigation we have a new number on just how extensive America's voter fraud problem really is. Hold on to your hats, folks, because that number is: 31. That's not 31 proven incidents in the last 14 years, that's 31 possible incidents -- some or most of them could be the result of clerical errors, like people signing the poll books on the wrong lines. That's what the conservative obsession with voter ID laws seeks to tamp down on. read more
The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee. The panel voted Thursday to declassify the report, the result of two years of investigation by the committee. U.S. intelligence agencies will have to approve making the report public. Thompson said the report "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given." read more