Category Archives: Politics

Eric Holder Endorses Death Penalty Moratorium As Some States Halt Executions Over Drugs

Easter Cup Cake Ideas | Easter Eggs | Easter Recipes | Easter Stories The attorney general suggested a nationwide hold on executions pending a Supreme Court review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol. Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee have halted executions recently over drug issues, and activists called for Oregon’s outgoing governor to take action on the issue as… Read More »

Liberal Organizing Group Implodes In One Tumultuous Afternoon

Eight senior staffers at the New Organizing Institute resigned after calling for the firing of President Obama’s 2012 data director. They took much of the rest of the staff with them. New Organizing Institute (NOI) Executive Director Ethan Roeder (left) NGP VAN / Via youtube.com WASHINGTON — The New Organizing Institute, a progressive grassroots outfit responsible for training… Read More »

Alan Grayson: Democrats Accused Of “Blood Libel” If They Don’t Cater To Military Industrial Complex

“The country will be perfectly safe if we stop incessantly feeding the military industrial complex and military contractors with the billions upon billions in profits that they take out of taxpayers pockets each year…” AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida said Tuesday Democrats get accused of the “blood libel” of not supporting the troops… Read More »

Don’t Dance, And Other Tidbits From Mike Huckabee’s 1970s College “RAPture Express” Column

“Welcome aboard the ‘RAP’ture Express!” Baptist Trumet In 1973, Mike Huckabee, a graduating senior of Hope High School on his way to Ouachita Baptist college, began writing a column called the “RAPture Express” for the Baptist Trumpet. The Trumpet was the weekly newspaper of the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. Huckabee's columns offer an interesting look into the… Read More »

Senators Urge Obama And NATO To Increase Military Assistance To Ukraine

In a draft letter to President Obama obtained by BuzzFeed News, Sens. Rob Portman and Dick Durbin write that “sanctions alone are unlikely to deter Putin.” Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin are calling on President Obama and NATO to “move quickly” to increase military assistance to Ukraine in a draft letter to President Obama… Read More »

Alabama Same-Sex Couples Await Supreme Court Word On Marriage

Alabama officials have asked Justice Clarence Thomas to stop same-sex marriage rulings from going into effect on Feb. 9. The Human Rights Campaign pushes for removal of Alabama chief justice for actions criticizing the federal court marriage rulings. Via Facebook: Iamaparent As two same-sex couples from Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the state's request to… Read More »

Update: Boxer, Feinstein Call For End To California’s Vaccine Exemptions

The California Democrats say there should be “no such thing” as a philosophical exemption. California has had a recent measles outbreak — and, in general, few Democrats in the state are totally clear on whether the exemption should end. Joe Raedle / Getty Images WASHINGTON — Democrats toed the line Tuesday on whether parents should be able to… Read More »

Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

Only one senator asked by BuzzFeed News — Sen. Ben Cardin — said he’d definitely go. ASSOCIATED PRESS Susan Walsh WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when… Read More »

White House: The Federal Government Still Opposes Legalizing Marijuana

“The Federal Government opposes drug legalization because it runs counter to a public health and safety approach to drug policy,” a White House official tells BuzzFeed News after Loretta Lynch testifies. Mark Wilson / Getty Images WASHINGTON — When Loretta Lynch told senators “I do not support the legalization of marijuana” during her confirmation hearing for Attorney General… Read More »

Senate Subcommittee Drops “Civil Rights And Human Rights” From Name

Sen. John Cornyn, now the chairman of the subcommittee, decided to change the name. “The name of a subcommittee speaks to its priorities,” one Senate Democrat aide said. Yuri Gripas / Reuters WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is now just the Subcommittee on the Constitution. A spokeswoman for… Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Appears Poised To Strike Down Three Southern States’ Same-Sex Marriage Bans

After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas’ bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down. The plaintiffs and lawyers challenging Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas' marriage bans gather outside the courthouse after arguments were held in the cases on Friday, Jan. 9, 2014. Chris Geidner/BuzzFeed NEW ORLEANS —… Read More »

Ben Carson’s History Book Plagiarizes SocialismSucks.Net And Many Other Sources

“If it is determined that additional citations or attribution are required, the appropriate revisions will be made in subsequent printings.” Ben Carson Facebook Several sections of potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson's 2012 book America the Beautiful were plagiarized from various sources, BuzzFeed News has found. In many cases Carson cites the works that he plagiarizes in… Read More »

Federal Judge In Florida Says “Constitution Requires” Same-Sex Marriages Beginning Jan. 6

Judge puts clerks on notice that if they don’t start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week he is prepared to order them to do so. Patrick Gibbons, left, and Aaron Vargas attend a rally to show support in in Wilton Manors, Fla., for a judge's ruling allowing gay people to marry on Thursday, July 17, 2014.… Read More »

Rep. Peter King: Cops Shouldn’t Create Sympathy For De Blasio By Turning Their Backs

“I think they’ve made their points, and I understand why they did it, but I don’t want it to be creating sympathy for de Blasio either.” w.soundcloud.com Republican Rep. Peter King, a staunch and outspoken supporter of the New York Police Department, says cops shouldn't be turning their backs to Mayor de Blasio because it could create sympathy… Read More »