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Senate Does Nothing as Student Loan Rates Set to Double

While Democrats were busy celebrating victories for same-sex marriage and abortion rights, Congress screwed over more than 7 million college undergraduates after failing to agree on a student loan plan.

As a result of political stalemate in the Senate, borrowing rates for federal loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on Monday—further exacerbating the nation’s already-harrowing student debt crisis. If Congress fails to retroactively extend current rates, current college students will acquire an additional $1,000 in annual debt.

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Minister Seduced Girls with Promise that Sex Would 'Heal' STDs and Early Pregnancy

Usually the Church is against all forms of sex before marriage, but not this South Carolina minister, who is accused of seducing young girls during private "prayer sessions." In fact, this holy authority even claimed that sex with him would prevent STDs and early pregnancy—a bit of a change from the church's usual doctrine of "abstinence only."

According to the Associated Press, “58-year-old Larry Durant had been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He also faces four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.”

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Incoming Police Chief Shoots Woman - Intended Target: Dog

A North Carolina police officer accidentally shot a woman in the thigh, missing his intended target, a dog, the Winston-Salem Police Dept. said in a news release.

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Ohio Protestors Rally Against Anti-Abortion Budget

Pro-choice advocates rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse today as the state’s General Assembly plans to votes on a budget that’s fraught with anti-abortion provisions, the Associated Press reports.

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The NYPD Embedded Four CIA Officers After 9/11

In the decade after 9/11, the New York Police Department embedded four Central Intelligence Agency Officers, including one who assisted with surveillance in the United States, reports the New York Times.

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Kickstarter Apologizes For Not Removing Pro-Sexual Assault 'Seduction Guide'

Kickstarter apologized on Friday for not removing a “seduction guide” project from its site, even though the project in question advocates for sexual violence against women.

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Tennessee Official Says Complaining About Water Quality Could Be Considered 'Act of Terrorism'

A representative for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told a group of concerned citizens that complaining about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism,” The Tennessean reports.

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Goodwill Legally Pays Disabled Workers As Low as 22 Cents an Hour

Goodwill Industries, a non-profit whose mission is to “enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families” pays disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, NBC reports.

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Lawsuit Claims Border Patrol Lets Agents Get Away with Murder

As U.S. lawmakers prepare to spend billions on beefing up “border security,” a widow sued the federal government over a policy she claims allowed Border Patrol agents to shoot and kill her husband with total impunity—in retaliation to alleged rock throwing, Courthouse News reports.

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Howard Dean Is Cool with the Government Spying on Us, Just as Long as It's Not a Secret

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean knocked the Obama administration for not being upfront about intrusive NSA surveillance programs revealed in leaks this month — but ultimately threw his support behind them, The Huffington Post reports.

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Co-Founder of Notorious Anti-Immigrant Minutemen Group Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Molesting Three Girls

The co-founder of the Minutemen vigilante border patrol group, also a former kindergarten teacher, was arrested in Phoenix for allegedly molesting three girls, Reuters reports:

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Fraternity Watched As African American Mail Carrier Hauled 79 Boxes Labelled "F*ggot N*gger" Backward

A U.S. Post carrier got caught in the middle of a racist, homophobic prank, and a fraternity of jackasses at the University of Chicago let it play out, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Catholic School Fires Teacher for Being a Domestic Violence Survivor

A San Diego Catholic school fired a teacher and domestic violence survivor due to her ex-husband’s “threatening and menacing behavior,” KNSD-TV reports.

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Sacramento District Ignores Report Suggesting Closing Schools for Affluent White Kids, Instead Shutters Seven Schools Filled with Poor and Minority Kids

A Sacramento city school district is poised to close seven elementary schools, disproportionately hurting students in low-income and predominantly minority neighborhoods.

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Defense Bill Could Give 'License to Bully' Gay and Lesbian Service Members

The House Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday that critics say amounts to a “license to bully” gay and lesbian service members.  

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New York Lawmakers Want to Make It a Felony to 'Annoy' a Police Officer

The New York State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to hit a police officer with intent to “annoy.”

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Hundreds of Garment Workers in Bangladesh Factory Potentially Sickened by 'Contaminated' Water

An estimated 450 garment workers became sick on Wednesday while working at a sweater factory in Bangladesh, and health inspectors are testing the water supply for contamination, the Associated Press reports.

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'Pot-Friendly' Colorado to Regulate Marijuana Publications Like Porn

Three marijuana publications sued the state of Colorado over a law that forces storeowners to sell “green” magazines behind the counter, the Associated Press reports.

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Big Brother is Watching Your Kids: Florida School District Scans Students' Irises Without Parents' Permission

Parents are outraged after learning a Florida school district scanned students’ irises last month without obtaining permission, WFTS-TV reports.

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St. Louis Protestors Rally Over Death of Honors Student Shot 25 Times by Police

Protestors rallied for the second time in a week on Wednesday over the fatal shooting by police officers of a 25-year-old, St. Louis man who witnesses say was “unarmed” at the time of his death last month, KMOX reports.

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Black 14-year-old Carrying a Puppy Tackled and Choked by Police for Giving Them a "Dehumanizing Stare"

New cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.” 

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El Salvador Court Denies Seriously Ill Woman Potentially Life-Saving Abortion

El Salvador’s Supreme Court has denied a seriously ill woman a potentially life-saving abortion, even though her fetus stands practically no chance of survival.

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Christian Radio Host Says Husbands Should Get Their Sense of Worth from Outearning Their Wives

During yesterday’s Focal Point, conservative radio host Brian Fischer expressed his discomfort with news that a record 40 percent of women act as breadwinners for their families.

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George Zimmerman's Defense Team Releases Texts and Photos to Fit Their Racist Narrative

The defense team for George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing unarmed teenager Travyon Martin, released dozens of photos and text messages of the 17-year-old murder victim in a seeming effort to portray him as a “gangsta” troublemaker.

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Best Thing of the Day: WikiLeaks Leaks Transcript of Hollywood's Doc on the Online Activists

Beating the entertainment industry in the message control race, Wikileaks leaked the transcript of the new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” one night ahead of its worldwide release. The leaked transcript includes annotations that allege factual errors, misrepresentations and misguided framing in the film, directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney.

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'Operation Swill': 29 NJ Restaurants and Bars Including 13 TGI Friday's Accused of Selling Bottom-Shelf Booze in Premium Bottles

New Jersey investigators raided 29 bars and restaurants accused of refilling premium liquor bottles with cheap booze, The Star-Ledger reports.

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Former British Soldier: London Attackers Motivated By US and UK's Imperial Foreign Policy

A former British soldier who served in Afghanistan wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian arguing that “of course British foreign policy had a role” in the knife attack in London yesterday.

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Watch: Jon Stewart Asks Bill O'Reilly if Obama Scandals Bring Him 'Sexual Arousal'

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly paid a visit to Jon Stewart’s studio yesterday, where the two discussed the recent spate of scandals plaguing the Obama administration.

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Amid Sexual Assault Crisis in Military, Sergeant Accused of Filming West Point Cadets in the Bathroom

An Army sergeant on staff at West Point is accused of filming at least twelve women without their consent, including in the bathroom and shower, The New York Times reports.

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