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Former Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce resigned as Arizona Republican Party's first vice chair late Sunday after receiving criticism over recent comments he made about women on Medicaid.

Pearce made the controversial comments on his weekly radio show.

"You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations," Pearce said, according to the Phoenix New Times. "Then, we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job."

Pearce said "people out there [who] need help" should get it from "family, church, and community," not the government.

According to the Washington Post, Pearce said the comments were "written by someone else" and said he "failed to attribute them to the author."

"This was a mistake," Pearce said. "This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates."

The Arizona Republic reports several Republicans in the state, including nominees for governor, secretary of state and attorney general, criticized Pearce for the remarks after Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan pushed for them to do so in a news release.

UPDATE -- 1:31 p.m.: Quinlan told The Huffington Post "it's a good thing" Pearce resigned.

"Unfortunately it takes kind of an embarrassment for these Republican candidates to distance themselves from Russell Pearce," he said.

Quinlan also questioned why Republicans gave Pearce such a high position in the state GOP, noting Pearce lost a recall election in 2011 and has a "whole history" of making controversial statements.

Read more on the controversy over Pearce's comments at the Arizona Republic.

By Paige Lavender. Posted: 09/15/2014 9:54 am EDT.


African-American actress Daniele Watts was "accosted and forced into handcuffs" by LA police who allegedly mistook her for a prostitute.

The Django Unchained star said she was approached and asked for her ID by two police officers in Los Angeles after kissing her white husband, Brian James Lucas.

When Watts refused, she was handcuffed and placed in the back of their police car.

According to Watts and Lucas' joint Facebook pages, the actress was talking on her mobile phone to her father when she was approached by a police officer.

When she refused, the police placed her in the back of their squad car while they checked her identity.

A distraught and angry Watts wrote: "Today I was handcuffed and detained by two police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.

"When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn't harming anyone, so I walked away.

"A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when two different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs."

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Source is utterly disgusted with America.


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the 13 years since the 9/11 attacks, not every question about that day has been answered. Potentially explosive revelations that may implicate a key U.S. ally in the attacks remain hidden from public view, classified and stored beneath the U.S. Capitol Building.
Jeffrey Brown has our story.

JEFFREY BROWN: Twenty-eight pages of a joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks were classified by the George W. Bush administration, which claimed they contained information that would hurt the war on terror.

But some lawmakers argue the pages reveal little about national security and a great deal about the government of Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks. They say that the pages tell the story of Saudi officials meeting with and even funding two of the 9/11 hijackers when they first arrived in the U.S.

It’s all in a story by Lawrence Wright in this week’s “New Yorker” magazine. Wright is author of “The Looming Tower” about events leading to the 9/11 attack. His new book is “Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.”

And he joins me now.
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Gloria Amparo grew up in the rural area surrounding one of Colombia’s most violent and crime-ridden cities, Buenaventura. But she experienced violence on a more personal level. Her father beat her mother. It pushed her to want to leave that kind of family dynamic and set off on her own.

At age 14, she started managing a soccer team. She coordinated their schedule and swapped opinions with the male players. It was a “strange role for this machismo culture we have in Buenaventura,” she said recently by phone through an interpreter.

That unusual role led to other leadership opportunities that otherwise might not have been available to a woman. Amparo began working with rural organizations that supported abused women and eventually helped organize a network that links nine such groups together called Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future.

The coastal city of Buenaventura in western Colombia is notorious for drug trafficking, gang violence and turf wars between right-wing paramilitary groups and leftist rebels. Rival armed gangs turn to the most vulnerable — women and children — to exact their revenge, and in the process have uprooted more than 5 million people across the country since 1997, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
Abductions and sexual violence are rampant.
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Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.

Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.

The video entitled, "A Message to the Allies of America," opened with UK Prime Minister David Cameron talking about working with the Iraqi government and allied Kurdish Peshmerga forces to defeat Islamic State.

"This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State," said a masked man dressed in black with a British accent, standing over Haines, who was shown kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit.

The video then showed the beheading of the kneeling man.

At the end of the video, another hostage was shown and the masked man said he would be killed if Cameron continues to support the fight against Islamic State.

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The US air force has told an atheist airman he must swear his re-enlistment oath to God or he will not be allowed to reenlist, according to the American Humanist.

The airman, who is stationed at Creech air force base in Nevada, has not been identified. The service said he has until November to swear the oath required of all servicemembers, which concludes with the phrase “so help me God”.

The American Humanist Association said in a letter to the air force (pdf) last week that the officer was told that he either had to say the phrase or leave the service. The airman has previously crossed out the phrase in a written contract and refused to say it out loud, and was told August 25 that the contract would therefore not be accepted for re-enlistment.
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It may sound like a joke but an Enid woman says her Oklahoma driver’s license features a unique symbol of her religious freedom.

It may even prompt a giggle, but for Shawna Hammond, the spaghetti strainer is a symbol of freedom.

“It doesn’t cover my face. I mean you can still see my face. We have to take off our glasses, so I took off my glasses,” Hammond said.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s rules, religious headpieces cannot cause shadows on your face and the photograph must present a clear view of your face.

“I asked if I could wear my religious headwear and he said, yes, it just couldn’t have any logos, or any type of writing. I told him it didn’t, and I went out to my car and got my colander,” said Hammond.

Hammond says she walked back into the tag agency in Enid with a strainer on her head.

“She kind of chuckled, she giggled, gave me a funny look and asked me what religion I was. I told her I was a Pastafarian,” Hammond said.

Pastafarianism is a religion where there are “no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense,” according to the church’s website.

“It came about in 2005. A man named Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education. It was actually about teaching creationism in school and he came up with the flying spaghetti monster and it had just as much merit,” Hammond said.

Hammond is an Atheist and believes no one should be forced into certain beliefs.

“For me the colander represents freedom, our freedom of religion, and to whatever religion we prefer or lack of religion. It was important to me to exercise that, even if it’s just a driver’s license photo,” Hammond said.

“I’m glad I was able to do it. It’s hard living as a non-religious person in Oklahoma. It felt good to be recognized that we can all coexist and have those equal rights,” she added.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is in charge of the driver’s license department.

Officials say they want to do a thorough review of the picture to make sure it is following all the rules.

If it does follow the rules, authorities say they may look at changing the rule of religious headwear because it is more than 10-years-old.

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — The man acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin may be in trouble with the law again.

Police say a driver has reported that George Zimmerman threatened to kill him after a confrontation on the road.

Police are investigating two reports involving the driver and 30-year-old Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 of a second-degree murder charge for shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Police say that on Tuesday, the man called police after a truck pulled up next to him and the driver yelled, “Why are you pointing a finger at me?”

Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett says the man recognized the truck driver as Zimmerman. The man says Zimmerman asked, “Do you know who I am?” and threatened to kill him.

Two days later, the man says he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside his work. He called police but declined to press charges. His name hasn’t been released.

Lake Mary police had two previous encounters with Zimmerman last year, once when his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, told police he had threatened her and her father. She later declined to press charges.

In a second incident, Zimmerman was arrested and accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend, who later changed her story and dropped charges.

source is simply shocked. shocked, i tell you.

(warning: VERY LOUD)

The video was posted in April, but had gone viral in Egypt this month, with many calling for the men to be identified and put to death.

However, Ahram Online reports that ‘doctors’ who subjected the arrested men to intrusive tests for homosexuality have found that they are not gay.

Forensic authority spokesperson Hisham Abdel-Hamid said: “According to inspection, the seven suspects have never had sex with other men.”

Tests frequently used to determine sexuality in Egypt entail an examination of the man’s anus, though the ‘tests’ have no basis in science and have been condemned by global health authorities.

The public prosecutor’s office said previously that the wedding constituted a criminal act because the images were “humiliating, regrettable and would anger God”.

The men will face charges for inciting debauchery and spreading images that ‘violate public decency’, though passing the arbitrary test may see the charges against them dropped.

Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt, and it is feared that the police are cracking down on the gay community after a surge in raids and arrests earlier this year.

In April, a court sentenced four gay men to jail sentences of up to eight years for “debauchery”, after they threw a party.

52 men were arrested in a raid on a ‘gay’ party in 2001, with 23 of the men receiving prison terms.


A Republican state senator complained on Tuesday about a predominantly black Georgia county's move to make early voting available at a mall on a Sunday before November's general election, saying he'd rather have "more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters."

After the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that DeKalb County would have early voting at the mall on Sunday, Oct. 26, Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar went on a Facebook tirade:

"Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea - what a surprise. I'm sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb. Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state."

In a rather blatant admission that he didn't want more black people voting, Millar wrote that he was "investigating if there is any way to stop this action."

Responding to criticism, Millar insisted that his comments weren't related to race but rather to partisanship, saying that the early voting location was "a partisan stunt" and "an effort to maximize Democratic votes pure and simple."

He then told the AJC that when he wrote "educated" he "defined educated as being informed on the issues."

Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Dubose Porter told the AJC that Miller's comments hinted at a desire to return to the era when states subjected black voters to poll taxes and literacy tests.

"What have Georgia Republicans come to when they are outwardly admitting to suppressing the African-American vote?" Porter said. "Further, his comments about 'educated voters' are reprehensible. I suppose Fran would prefer a return to literacy tests or the poll tax while he's at it."

Republican legislators in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina have moved to reduce or eliminate early voting on weekends, citing budgetary concerns or a need to make the hours of rural voting locations consistent with urban ones.

Millar, who serves in the state Senate's GOP leadership, was embroiled in another controversy 14 years ago, when he fought to make the pre-1879 Confederate flag Georgia's official state flag.

By Samantha Lachman. Posted: 09/10/2014 10:47 am EDT.

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