Gianforte Brags of Defeating ‘Leftist Media’ in New Fundraising Email

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) – the man who narrowly won his election last year after assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs – is now fundraising with a claim that he not only defeated the Democratic competition, but also the “leftist media” during that special election. The email follows attempts by Gianforte to initially lie about the assault to law enforcement and the press while […]

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Oregon Bakery Sweet Cakes Loses $135,000 Fine Appeal

Sweet Cakes Appeal

After closing their business last year, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa appealed a decision requiring them to pay a $135,000 fine for releasing the personal information of a lesbian couple who filed a discrimination complaint against them with the state of Oregon. Owners Melissa and Aaron Klein just lost their latest appeal before the Oregon Court of Appeals. Background […]

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Connect The Dots: Inequality, Violence & Crime

While often separated in political discussion, economic and social inequality are intrinsically intertwined for minorities across the United States.

It’s not just easy access to guns–although that access certainly facilitates rising American homicide rates. As the Guardian recently reports, there is a strong–if surprising– connection between income inequality, respect, and increases in violence. A 17-year-old boy shoots a 15-year-old stranger to death, apparently believing that the victim had given him a dirty look. A Chicago man stabs his stepfather in a fight over whether his entry into […]

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Trump Silent on Foiled Mosque Mass Shooting

On Monday, the FBI arrested Bernandino Bolatete of Jacksonville, Florida thereby preventing a planned mass shooting at a mosque. Though the operation falls squarely into the territory of thwarting an act of domestic terrorism, the Trump administration has remained silent on the issue. The Planned Attack According to the criminal complaint, the agency began their investigation after receiving a tip from […]

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Trump Retweets Ultra-Right British Anti-Muslim Videos

Donald Trump and Jayda Fransen of Britain First, a violent anti-Muslim hate group

Once again demonstrating his animus against Muslims as a whole, Donald Trump this morning retweeted Jayda Fransen, the leader of the ultra-nationalist far right “Britain First” group – a group even British conservatives think has gone too far. The three tweets he popularized feature unsubstantiated videos of Muslims engaging in acts of violence and destruction (one of Britain First’s Islamophobic trademark […]

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Montana Republican “Would Have Shot” Reporter Gianforte Assaulted

Greg Gianforte & Ben Jacobs

A Montana Republican party member commented on a radio show last week she “would have shot” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs had she been in Congressman Greg Gianforte’s (R-MT) place earlier this year. Karen Marshall, vice-president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women, made the remarks on the Voice of Montana radio program last Thursday, October 19, 2017. The incident she’s referencing is the congressman’s assault […]

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New Post-Las Vegas Dana Loesch NRA Ad Stokes Violence

Though conservative pundits decried anyone attempting to engage in discussion of sensible gun control measures in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre just under three weeks ago, a new NRA advertisement featuring conservative fearmonger Dana Loesch appears to stoke the very political tensions that have led to violence over the last few months. The ad follows a similar video […]

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American Exceptionalism

The AR 15 - weapon of choice in mass shootings

“American Exceptionalism” has meant different things at different times. Usually, however, the meanings ascribed to that phrase have been positive. Over at The World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Parlor, however, “El Jefe” has described a far less rosy aspect of our exceptionalism. As a country, the US is 4.4% of the world’s population, yet we own 42% of the world’s guns.  Let that sink […]

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