Joan Shipps

Michael Moore Calls for More Activism After Charleston: We Still Don't Have a 'Free America'

Filmmaker Michael Moore perceives a shift toward racial justice taking place in America — and calls on citizens to take action in the name of peace and democracy.

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Texas Oil Exec Stops His Car to Punch a Gay Pedestrian Unconscious

A Texas oil executive swore at a gay couple he passed in his vehicle, stopped his car in a lane of traffic, got out, and proceeded to knock a man unconscious, the Dallas Voice reports.

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Montana Republican: Noah Was 600 Years Old When He Built the Ark, So Why Do Americans Need Retirement?

Greg Gianforte, aspiring Republican governor of Montana, urges college students to reject policy that favors savings plans and retirement options because, like Noah, Christians have “an obligation to work” until they are hundreds of years old, the Huffington Post reports.

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WATCH: On the House Floor, Crayfish vs. Marijuana

Arguing weed isn’t more unhealthy than fried crayfish, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) blasted Rep. John Fleming’s (R-LA) call to enforce — with troops if necessary — federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the plant’s consumption, the Denver Post reports.

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Texas Teachers Mock Special Ed Students With ‘Ghetto Awards’

A Texas school district has launched an investigation into two middle school teachers’ years-long practice of distributing “Ghetto Awards” to children receiving special education services, a CBS affiliate reports.

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‘LAZY N*****:’ Blind Man Finds Racist Note On Windshield For Parking In Handicapped Spot

 the parking lot of a Maryland shopping center on Sunday, D’Anthony White — who is blind — received a racist note on his fiance’s windshield from a person angry that the vehicle displayed a handicapped placard and was parked in a handicapped space, a local Fox affiliate reports.

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Mike Huckabee's Laugher: Says Israeli Occupation Helps Palestinians Because They Get Sidewalks

In a speech in New York this weekend, Mike Huckabee told a sympathetic crowd that Israeli occupation has made life great for Palestinians, Arutz Sheva reports.

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Looking at Dennis Hastert's Secret Gay 'Misconduct' in Light of His Terrible Voting Record on Gay Rights

Though he paid millions to keep a man quiet about the nature of their relationship, former House speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was a reliable opponent of gay civil rights during his tenure in Congress.

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Alabama Lawmaker Would Make Docs Rat Out Pregnant Women Suspected of Using Drugs--Without Any Proof

State Representative Mack Butler (R-AL) introduced legislation this week requiring medical professionals to notify police within two hours if they suspect a pregnant woman of having consumed illegal substances — regardless of whether she tests positive for drugs or not, AL.com reports.

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Tennessee Republican Who Pressured Mistress to Have Abortion Votes to Restrict Them For Other Women

On Wednesday, 242 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to outlaw abortions taking place after 20 weeks gestation. Among them, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), who has defended his ex-wife having two abortions, and who pressured one of his mistresses to have an abortion after she told him she was pregnant.

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Vermont Republican Not Resigning Despite Multiple Rape Charges: ‘I Don’t Think I’ve Done Anything Wrong’

Vermont state legislator Norman McAllister has plead not guilty to three felony counts of sexual assault, and three misdemeanor counts of soliciting sex workers. The case against McAllister involves multiple victims, including at least one child. But the Republican state senator maintains that — not only is he not resigning — he has not done a single thing wrong.

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Fired Florida Police Officer With History of Violence Says Calling Black People 'Monkeys' Isn't Racist

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida fired a member of the force for posting overtly racist comments on his Facebook page, on which he listed the police department as his employer, a local NBC affiliate reports. Now, he’s going to the media to make a case for his behavior.

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'Like Modern Day Slavery': Michael Moore Lets Loose with Epic Twitter Rant About Militarized Police

Michael Moore ruffles feathers for a living. He’s made films critiquing America’s permissive gun culture and the expansion of the military industrial complex under President George W. Bush. On Thursday, Moore again stoked controversy by calling for the disarmament of all American police officers and the release of all prisoners serving time on drug-related convictions.

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Merrill Lynch Tells Wealthy Parents How to Not Spoil Their Kids: Leave Them Only $26 Million to $63 Million

In a white paper called “How Much Should I Give to My Family? On the risks and rewards of giving,” Merrill Lynch reveals America’s wealthiest investors believe $26 million is too little to leave to an individual child, but that $63 million is too much.

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Marco Rubio Tells Iowa Christians the Wrong People Are in Charge of the Government

In remarks at the Faith and Freedom summit on Saturday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told the assembled masses that America is a great country — but that the “wrong people” are now in charge of it.

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Tax Cuts For the Rich Made Kansas Broke - So Now Republicans Move to Raise Taxes on the Poor

Let’s say you’re the Governor of Kansas. The tax cuts for the rich you pushed through a couple years ago mean you’re in a world of budgetary hurt, and you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for basic expenses like roads and schools this year. What do you do? Repeal tax cuts? Absolutely not. You’re Sam Brownback. You balance your books on the backs of the poor, and cite fiscal prudence as a moral justification.

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How the Koch Network Funnels Anonymous Millions to Fight Women's Rights

Politico once referred to Freedom Partners, a group that makes tens of millions of dollars in grants a year to conservative causes, as the "Koch Brothers' Secret Bank." By pooling the resources of wealthy investors, Freedom Partners acts as a pass-through between anonymous, big money donors and nonprofit groups with right-wing leanings.

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