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White-nationalist group that influenced alleged Charleston shooter is subsidized by American taxpayers. The Council of Conservative Citizens has had tax exempt status since 1985.

White-nationalist group that influenced alleged Charleston shooter is subsidized by American taxpayers

In its most recent tax filing in 2013, the group reported revenues of $67,000. Scott Walker's Wisconsin jobs agency gave out $124 million without review. More than two dozen awards worth more than $124 million were made to companies without a formal staff review by the underwriting department of Gov.

Scott Walker's Wisconsin jobs agency gave out $124 million without review

Scott Walker's economic development agency, it reported Friday. Documents detailing the awards were made public late Friday afternoon in advance of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board meeting on July 20 to discuss one troubled unsecured loan that went to a failing company owned by a Walker donor. The Republican Walker, who is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign in mid-July, has been hounded by troubles with the quasi-private jobs agency he created shortly after taking office in 2011. An internal review released Friday showed that WEDC gave out 27 award contracts to 24 companies between July 2011 and June 2013 without staff review, which WEDC said was not required at the time. Brock: What's Behind The House Select Committee On Media Matters? During his deposition last week before a congressional panel investigating the 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, Sidney Blumenthal -- a former journalist and Clinton White House adviser and my long-time friend -- was asked more than 45 questions by the Republicans about his relationships with me, Media Matters, and a pair of super PACs I founded, American Bridge and Correct The Record.

Brock: What's Behind The House Select Committee On Media Matters?

By comparison, Blumenthal was asked by those same Republicans fewer than 20 questions about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, only four questions about U.S. security there, and zero questions about the U.S. presence in Benghazi, according to a fact sheet circulated by Democratic committee staff. The chairman of the House Select Committee, Rep. The hipster is dead, and you might not like who comes next. What do we call me?

The hipster is dead, and you might not like who comes next

US Mass Shootings, 1982-2012: Data From Mother Jones' Investigation. Editor's note: This dataset originally covered 1982-2012 and has since been expanded through 2016.

US Mass Shootings, 1982-2012: Data From Mother Jones' Investigation

For more context and analysis, see our Guide to Mass Shootings in America. You can also download this data in CSV, XLS, or TXT formats, or click here for the full Google spreadsheet view. (The embedded version below does not support expanding the cells to see the full text in some places, but you can access it these other ways.) It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings... I get really really tired of hearing the phrase “mental illness” thrown around as a way to avoid saying other terms like “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” “misogyny” or “racism.”

It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings...

We barely know anything about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, atrocity. We certainly don’t have testimony from a mental health professional responsible for his care that he suffered from any specific mental illness, or that he suffered from a mental illness at all. We do have statistics showing that the vast majority of people who commit acts of violence do not have a diagnosis of mental illness and, conversely, people who have mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators. But the media insists on trotting out “mental illness” and blaring out that phrase nonstop in the wake of any mass killing.

So The Confederacy Didn't Go To War Over Slavery? Dylann Roof's Violent, Racist Beliefs Are Hiding in Plain Sight on the Internet. On Wednesday night, a gunman opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine, including the church's pastor, South Carolina state Sen.

Dylann Roof's Violent, Racist Beliefs Are Hiding in Plain Sight on the Internet

Clementa Pinckney. A suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, was captured after a 14-hour manhunt. When the gunman let a witness go free, he allegedly said, according to a cousin of a victim, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country," referring to the black community. Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Don’t Want to Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting. The queer rapper has made his HIV positive status public.

Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Don’t Want to Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting

Will the world of rap embrace or turn on him? “Oh this fag can rap? Yeah, they saying that. Hate Crimes Are an American Problem, Not an Aberration  No decent human being would attempt to rationalize the vicious murder of 9 Black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston.

Hate Crimes Are an American Problem, Not an Aberration 

But we are seeing a dangerous narrative put forth by many that underestimates the prevalent racist attitudes that fosters terror attacks against the Black community. The racist flags on Dylann Roof's jacket, explained. Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old man suspected of walking into a historically black church and massacring nine parishioners, is in all likelihood a white supremacist.

The racist flags on Dylann Roof's jacket, explained

In climate change encyclical, Pope Francis shows his political chops. Vatican leaders released Pope Francis's environmental encyclical June 18 in Vatican City. (The Vatican English) Pope Francis and President Obama smile as they exchange gifts at the Vatican on March 27, 2014. NRA Board Member Blames Murdered Reverend For Death Of His Congregants In Cha...

National Rifle Association board member Charles L. Cotton wrote that the victims of a mass shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church died because of Reverend Clementa Pinckney's advocacy for gun safety laws. Pinckney, along with eight others, was killed by a gunman during a June 17 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2013, Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina State Senator, introduced legislation to require more comprehensive background checks on gun sales and supported several other gun safety measures during his career as a legislator. Why the Confederate flag started trending after the Charleston shooting. UPDATE: It was reported later that suspect Dylann Roof drove a car with Confederate flag licence plates. In the wake of the mass shooting in South Carolina, the image of the Confederate flag started trending online - driven by liberals who blame it for stoking racism in America.

As news broke of a mass shooting which killed nine in a church in Charleston in the state of South Carolina, a mostly predictable reaction developed online. But alongside trending phrases such as "Charleston shooting" and "Black lives matter", another term became a top US trend on Twitter: "Confederate". It's a reference to the red and blue Confederate battle flag, which 150 years after the American Civil War is still flown outside South Carolina's state house.

With anger, sadness, Obama says church shooting shows need for reckoning on access to guns. WASHINGTON — Giving voice to intense heartache, anger and sadness, President Barack Obama said Thursday the South Carolina church shooting that left nine people dead shows the need for a national reckoning on gun violence. The Creepy Fundamentalist Homeschool Cult That Trained the Duggars. Police Report Reveals the Duggar Discipline Method: "They Have a Rod" The J-curve – James C. Davies’ Theory of Revolutions.

By Tor G. 49 Million Americans Live With This — So Why Are We So Uncomfortable Talking About It? Sorry, fellow poor folks. Ronald Reagan’s ‘Biggest Secret’ Revealed, Even Bush Sr. Didn’t Know About It. Author Brad Meltzer stumbled across some interesting news while doing a research piece for his latest book at Secret Service headquarters in Washington D.C. For-profit hospitals mark up prices by more than 1,000 percent because there'... If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs.

Of the 50 U.S. hospitals that mark up prices the most, 49 of them are part of for-profit hospital chains, according to the study’s authors, Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University and Gerard Anderson of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Concentration Camps in the Dominican Republic? Share. Dominican Republic to be 'Socially Cleaned' in two days. British Leader to Scott Walker: I Never Dissed Obama. Guests arrived at the community college to a soundtrack that included rapper Pitbull. I thought homeschooling my kids would be simple. I was wrong. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Cries During Meeting About State Budget He Dest...

Four siblings 'kill themselves' after being abandoned by parents in China - Asia - World - The Independent. Rush Limbaugh is cooked: The stunning fall of the right’s angriest bloviator. The bad news just keeps coming for conservative talker Rush Limbaugh. Which bulletin was worse, though? The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.

Rick Santorum Tells Pope To Leave Science To Scientists, Forgets Pope Has Mas... Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate... Nine-Year-Old Autistic Boy Speaks First Words After 48 Hours On Cannabis Oil. Ancient DNA reveals how Europeans developed light skin and lactose tolerance. Husband comes to Hope Solo's defense: 'It is a witch hunt' Honey Boo Boo Star Slams TLC’s ‘Double Standard’ With Duggar Family. Lady Andrade Suspended For Abby Wambach Punch: Colombia Soccer Player Gets Tw... Scott Walker and the Fate of the Union. CIA releases secret report identifying errors before 9/11.

What You Should Know About the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Whistleblower Exposes Criminal Conduct of Big Pharma; Ugly. Jamie Dimon Doubts Elizabeth Warren "Fully Understands" Global Banking. Anti-LGBT ‘Minister’ Franklin Graham Hates for Jesus. Islamic Headscaves by ArsalanKhanArtist on DeviantArt. 911 Call Triggers New Investigation Of The Duggars By Arkansas Department Of Human Services. Koch Brothers Furious As Obama’s EPA Rules Set To Create 360,000 Green Jobs. Corinthian college debt forgiveness: We created this monster, now we're paying for it. Markos Moulitsas: ACA is good for business. Markos Moulitsas: Voter fraud is a lie. Record Number of Job Openings Stands to Stir Wages. The Great Divide: Unequal Societies And What We Can Do About Them, by Joseph ... Tell-Tale Signs of the Modern-Day Yuppie. How Mitch McConnell Tried—and Failed—to Weaken NSA Reform. Neymar vs. Marta: Fighting for Recognition at the Women's World Cup.