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Updated: January 17, 2013, 5:58 PM ET

By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Morgan Park student Tyrone Lawson, 17, was fatally shot after his school took on powerhouse Simeon and top player Jabari Parker in a contentious game Wednesday night at Chicago State.

The game, won by Simeon, ended with an altercation between the teams while lining up to shake hands. The players were separated by their coaches and security and each team was held in its locker room for an extended period after the game to ensure player safety.

Continue reading: Chicago Murders

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Virginia Mandatory Ultrasound Law’s Repeal Blocked By State GOP

A Republican-controlled committee in the Virginia State Senate voted 8-7 on Thursday to block Democrats’ efforts to repeal a new mandatory ultrasound law and a set of regulations that could shut down many abortion clinics in the state. The committee also voted down a new anti-abortion bill that would have prevented Medicaid from paying for low-income women’s abortions in cases where there is a severe fetal anomaly.

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How To Stop Mass Shootings?

January 17th, 2013

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CHICAGO MURDERS TOP AFGHANISTAN DEATH TOLL

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David Keene, NRA Chief, Says Group Has No Problem With Tighter Background Checks

01/17/13 07:25 AM ET EST AP

WASHINGTON — The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers.

But association president David Keene also says too much emphasis has been placed on banning certain firearms.

Continue Reading: NRA Compromise

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Deal backs guns for school administrators

Gov. Nathan Deal at the 28th Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators at the Georgia Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 in Athens, Ga.   Richard Hamm/Staff

By WALTER C. JONES

MORRIS NEWS SERVICE – published Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday predicted passage for a bill that would allow trained administrators to carry guns in schools.

The governor also said he intends to offer legislation to beef up the state’s review of mental-health records for gun permit applicants.

Continue Reading: Sandy Hook Conspiracy

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  • January 16th 2013
  • – President Barack Obama signs 23 executive actions on gun control, separately asks Congress to pass gun-control laws
  • – Below are the latest updates as they come to us. Also, you can read our full story.

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Why doesn’t Obama act on violence in Chicago?

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Frum takes on Coulter: America’s gun problem is not a race problem

Guns offer equal opportunity tragedies, David Frum says. Here's a Glock pistol with a 17-round magazine.
Guns offer equal opportunity tragedies, David Frum says. Here’s a Glock pistol with a 17-round magazine.

Editor’s note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and a post-election e-book, “Why Romney Lost.” Frum was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.

(CNN) — Massacres such as Newtown are horrifying and heart-rending. They are also nothing like the typical American gun murder.

The typical murder has one victim, not many. The typical murder is committed with a handgun, not a rifle. And in the typical murder, both the perpetrator and the victim are young black men. Blacks are six times as likely as whites to be the victim of a homicide. Blacks are seven times as likely to commit a homicide.

The horrifying toll of gun violence on black America explains why black Americans are so much more likely than whites to favor gun control.

Continue Reading: Frum Takes on Coulter

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Details emerge on gun control proposal coming Wednesday

By Dana BashJessica Yellin and Tom Cohen, CNN
updated 9:41 PM EST, Tue January 15, 2013
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Obama and Congress’ gun control battle

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a package of gun control proposals that, according to a source, will include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will announce the proposals, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.

Continue Reading: Obama’s gun grab

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What do Big Boi and the NRA have in common? 

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Glenn Beck v. Alex Jones – A battle of the Crazies

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The first hip hop beef among Conservative media pundits.

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Obama to announce gun control plans Wednesday

January 15, 2013

Washington (CNN) — A package of gun control proposals, including a ban on assault weapons, will be unveiled on Wednesday by President Barack Obama in response to the last month’s Connecticut school massacre, the White House announced.

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Coulter: ‘Not a gun problem,’ U.S. has ‘demographic problem’ with non-whites

Continue Reading: White’s have the same murder rate as Belgium 

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Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Was Samuel L. Jackson’s role as Stephen in Django Unchained based on Clarence Thomas?

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‘Django Unchained’: Samuel L. Jackson on playing ‘the most hateful negro in cinematic history’

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Psychopathic killer …? Here’s your trophy, Javier Bardem.

Sadistic cannibalism …? No problem, Anthony Hopkins.

Chatty Nazi …? You’re welcome, Christoph Waltz.

Continue Reading: Most Hateful Negro

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Clarence Thomas breaks

years of silence on bench

Justice Clarence Thomas, 64, is the second African-American to serve on the court, succeeding Justice Thurgood Marshall when he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. He is a conservative, a strict constructionist who supports states' rights.
Justice Clarence Thomas, 64, is the second African-American to serve on the court, succeeding Justice Thurgood Marshall when he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. He is a conservative, a strict constructionist who supports states’ rights.

Washington (CNN) — It was just a few words and a joke at that. But Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his seven-year long silence on Monday when he spoke at oral arguments.

He made fun of lawyers from Yale, his law school alma mater.

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Congressional approval nearing lowest levels ever.

Only one in seven Americans approve of Congress

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Posted at 10:24 am by: CNN Political UnitCategories:

Congress, Polls(CNN) — It’s really no surprise: Americans aren’t thrilled with Congress.That’s the finding of a new poll from Gallup, which shows the legislative branch has an approval rating of 14%.But that’s not Congress’ low point in approval.

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Protest Phil Gingrey TOMORROW

Join Young Democrats of Georgia and Georgia AFL-CIO tomorrow as we protest Representative Phil Gingrey’s deplorable statement defending Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, and continue to press for his resignation.

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Pressure mounts on Rep. Gingrey to Resign

Posted: 4:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

By Jim Galloway

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A conversation between U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey and his constituents went viral this week after the topic turned to rape and abortion and Gingrey appeared to defend controversial comments by a pair of his fellow Republicans on the topic.

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Gingrey speaks out on the issue of ‘legitimate rape’ and guns

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) speaks before members of the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning at the Smyrna Community Center, where he discussed topics such as gun control, abortion and rape.<br>Staff/Laura Moon

SMYRNA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) tackled such sensitive topics as gun reform, abortion and rape during the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast which took place Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center.

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Obama facing questions over diversity in inner circle

Published January 10, 2013

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Many People thought that President Obama’s re-election would unshackle him from many of the political pressures which shaped his first term and allow him to carry out the agenda which he had always secretly wanted to pursue for America.  However, I believe that few of us thought that that agenda was to stack his cabinet with old white men.  Many of whom represetn the exact entrenched governmental institutions that the President believed we needed a “Change” from in 2008.

Continue Reading: Obama’s Diversity Problem

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Police officers were called to the school at about 9 a.m. local time Thursday.

Police: Teen shot 1 student, missed another in California high school

  • One student, 16, fired at two students with 12-gauge shotgun, critically wounding one and missing the other at Taft (California) Union High School on Thursday morning, police say
  • Police: Suspect put gun down after teacher and someone else talked to him; wounded student airlifted to hospital

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Clinton denounces high-capacity weapons

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Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. | AP Photo

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 1/9/13 11:56 PM EST

Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday he hopes former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other gun-control activists bring change to the country in the wake of the Newtown massacre, calling the proliferation of high-capacity weapons “nuts.”

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Rush Limbaugh: Democrats, media want ‘gun grab’

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By KEVIN CIRILLI | 1/9/13 5:54 PM EST

Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that President Barack Obama and Democrats are “planning a gun grab” in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 kids and six others dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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A Return for Barney Frank? …we barely had time to miss you!

  • Jan. 3, 2013: Rep. Barney Frank stands outside the Capitol during his last day in Congress. (AP)

Washington –  Barney Frank just can’t seem to stay away from Congress.

One day after retiring as a 16-term Democratic representative from Massachusetts, Frank announced that he had asked Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back to D.C. – this time as in interim senator to fill the seat of Sen. John Kerry, who was nominated for secretary of state.

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Haggling over Hagel

MSNBC.com (12/07/2013)

Chuck Hagel — a man without a party… And a man who has a tough confirmation fight ahead… The nut of the Hagel fight, and why Obama is sticking with him… Kerry-Hagel-Brennan — a Team of Loyalists… McConnell on the upcoming fiscal fight… White House’s “far broader” and “more comprehensive” campaign to curb gun violence… And Hillary Clinton returns to work.

Continue Reading: Hagel II

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Anything but fond farewell so far for Clinton as top U.S. diplomat

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The end of 2012 was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s fond farewell at State Department
  • But illness and injury sidelined her for the past three weeks
  • Benghazi leaves questions about her legacy as top U.S. diplomat
  • What is the next chapter for Clinton?

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Chuck Hagel takes fire from Capitol Hill

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By SCOTT WONG and MANU RAJU (politico.com) | 1/6/13 4:19 PM EST

Senate Democrats and Republicans are far from sold on President Barack Obama’s expected nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.

In fact, Obama’s decision to tap the Vietnam veteran and outspoken former Republican senator is likely to spark another nasty fight with Congress right on the heels of the fiscal cliff showdown and just before another likely battle royal over the debt ceiling.

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Obama, Democrats not ready to play 14th Amendment card with debt ceiling

By Zachary A. Goldfarb,July 06, 2011 (Huffington Post)
Law professorsDemocratic senators and liberal commentators have recently raised a tantalizing possibility for ending the congressional wrangling over raising the federal limit on borrowing:

President Obama could simply declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional and be done with it.

Advocates of this approach cite the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that the “validity of the public debt of the United States . . . shall not be questioned.”

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White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings

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(1/5/2013)

The President and Congressional leaders are considering new efforts at gun control with the 113th Congress inspired by the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Efforts range from the revival of the 1994 Assault Weapons ban, banning the selling of extended ammunition magazines, banning the sell of ammunition online, limiting the accessibility of weapons with removable clips and requiring background checks for weapons purchased at gun shows.  Though valiant, these efforts will not and cannot limit the true plague of gun violence in America’s cities…

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Both Obama, GOP have laid out hard lines for tough talks ahead

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By Martina Stewart, CNN Political Producer
updated 1:59 PM EST, Fri January 4, 2013

Washington (CNN) — If all the recent wrangling over the fiscal cliff has revealed anything, it’s how tense and strained President Obama’s relationship is with Republicans in Congress.

And Obama’s relationship with Congress reached yet another low Thursday when House Speaker John Boehner confirmed to CNN that he has told House Republicans he will no longer negotiate legislative deals with the president.

And in an opinion piece on Thursday, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas faulted the president for all the fiscal brinksmanship since 2010. The new No. 2 Senate Republican also suggested that “[i]t may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country.”

Continue Reading:  Fiscal Cliff

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First Thoughts: The negotiators

From MSNBC.COM/POLITICS (1/4/2013)

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt and former RNC Chair Michael Steele — discusses the tense New Year’s week that resulted in a last-minute House passage of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff and the swearing in of the 113th Congress.
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