Bobby Rush was removed from the United States House floor this week for violating
the dress code. The Illinois Democrat donned a hooded sweatshirt in
a show of solidarity for Trayvon Martin.
In his time on the floor, he stated that "just because someone wears a hoodie, doesn't make him a
hoodlum." Following his removal, those present were reminded that
members of the House are prohibited from wearing hats when house is in
In recent weeks, America has been introduced to pink slime--a processed meat product. The low-cost beef product is made from leftover cuts of meat that are heated to remove the fat, packed into blocks, and treated with
ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria. Federal regulators say the product
is safe, but a social media campaign has convinced many consumers
After waiting almost two years, 71 year old *** Cheney received a new heart. Cheney waited a bit longer than the average patient for his heart, mainly due to the face that transplants are not recommended for patients over 70.
Mitt Romney found himself in the middle of a large gaffe yesterday. In this latest GOP nomination twist, Romney has had to clarify that he is not an Etch a Sketch. The GOP frontrunner appeared in Maryland, attempting to clarify his stance on policies
after an aide said on CNN:
“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything
changes. It’s almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up
and restart all over again.” Romney made sure voters know that that’s
not the case. Criticism, however, continues to grow.
The Department of Justice and the FBI will investigate the killing of
Trayvon Martin. Critics have blasted the case as a
“botched investigation.” Trayvon, 17, was on his way home from a 711 with Skittles and an Arizona iced tea when a neighborhood-watch volunteer
spotted him and thought he was acting suspiciously. The
man, George Zimmerman, said that Trayvon attacked him from
behind and that he was forced to shoot Martin, who was unarmed.
Trayvon’s family thinks Sanford police are tampering with
the investigation, and Zimmerman has not been charged.
While the president is raising more overall money than any of the GOP
contenders, Obama’s campaign has been focused mainly on small donations. Despite his success with these donors, he is not doing well at pulling in donations of $2,000 or more. At this point last
election, Obama had 23,000 supporters who gave large donations. This
year he’s only at 11,000.
The unidentified American soldier who allegedly opened fire on helpless
Afghan civilians, killing 16 near Kandahar, could face the death
penalty. The soldier has been described as a 38-year-old father of two who was on his first
tour in Afghanistan after three in Iraq. The sergeant, who had been
trained as a sniper, had been treated for traumatic brain injury after a
vehicle he was in rolled in Iraq in 2010, but military officials said
it was too early to link his brain injury to the shootings.
A debate over plans to merge New Jersey’s Rowan University with Rutgers
University grew heated earlier in the week.
Gov. Chris Christie ended the debate by calling a Rutgers student and Navy veteran an
“idiot.” William Brown, a veteran of the Iraq War, interrupted Christie when
the governor was explaining his plan, leading Christie to strike back.
“Let me tell you something: After you graduate from law school, you
conduct yourself like that in a courtroom, your rear end is going to be
thrown in jail, idiot." Christie had Brown escorted out
attendees turned out for the annual Women in the World Summit. The event featured
courageous women and girls from all around, including a student who
escaped indentured servitude in Nepal and one of many
Egyptian women who walked into Tahrir Square ahead of men so that
soldiers would not fire on them. Newsweek and The Daily Beast
editor-in-chief Tina Brown, who organized the event, said, “What’s
exciting about this event is that these women come here and get
energized by the freedoms that we have here. I think that by showing
these women that we care about them, that we support them, either
financially or with time, it fortifies them in their struggle.”
Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, America's attention has unfortunately been regularly drawn to school shootings. The incident in Ohio recently proved this point. The Chardon school shooting reminded us of the impact violence can have on our society. Despite the attention we have devoted to the issues surrounding school violence, we have yet to figure out how to prevent these senseless tragedies.
MSNBC: School Shooting: Dr. Alan Lipman on Causes & Prevention from Molly Bennett on Vimeo.
A member of the Missouri House of Representatives has grown so frustrated with legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health that she has proposed a new restriction--on vasectomies. She argues that vasectomies should only be performed when necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. Similar legislation is being considered in Georgia.
With Super Tuesday fast approaching, it is important to understand what is at stake. Currently, here are how the four Republican candidates stand against one another in national polls. Without any question, the races on Tuesday will provide the potential for candidates to begin separating themselves from the pack--particularly in key battleground states like Ohio.
Earlier today, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the preliminary findings of an investigation of Obama's birth certificate, ruling it a forgery. While even the strongest anti-Obama Americans have moved past the birth certificate issue, others continue to refute all documentation.