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Obama family (US Embassy, Jakarta/Flickr)

Birther ‘evidence’ that Michelle Obama was born a man pretty much as dumb as you’d expect

The birther fringe has been touting some highly dubious “evidence” that Michelle Obama was born a man and so is biologically incapable of being the mother of her own children.
Watermelon White House (Flickr)

Political cartoonist claims racist Obama joke was innocent mistake: ‘I just love watermelon’

“So I thought that’d be a great one, so I used watermelon. There were no — I was completely naive or innocent of the racism suggested,” he continued. “I wasn’t thinking along those lines at all.”
Ronald Kessler official via website

Politico: Is Obama’s assassination is the only thing that can save the Secret Service?

Author and former Washington Post reporter Ronald Kessler speculated that with the detail charged with protecting the president is such a state of disarray, “Five terrorists could come into the White House with grenades and wipe him out.”
Light in the Darkness Pastor Jerry Dean Wallace  Iredell County Detention Center)

70-year-old NC pastor accused of sexually assaulting young girl for six years

The girl told Iredell County Sheriff’s Office investigators that 70-year-old Pastor Jerry Dean Wallace sexually assaulted her multiple times from 2008 through 2014.
Angela Brown (WCCO)

Prosecutor obsessed with jailing MN mom who treated son with marijuana oil to stop painful seizures

A Minnesota prosecutor will proceed with a child endangerment case against a mother who provided medical marijuana to her son — despite the fact that the state recently passed a law allowing cannabis oil to be used for medical purposes.
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Recuse yourself! Conservatives freak out after Ruth Bader Ginsburg slams Texas abortion law

The Supreme Court justice said in a lengthy interview with The New Republic that the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision would be a “worst-case” scenario – particularly for non-affluent women.
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New California law eliminates ‘gay panic’ as a defense for attacks on LGBT people

Attorneys have successfully used the defense in the past, getting reductions in their clients’ sentences for hate crimes because the victims supposedly “came on” to their attackers, causing the defendant to react violently.
Dillon Taylor (Facebook)

Cop cleared after shooting unarmed man complying with order to remove hands from waistband

Taylor’s blood-alcohol content at the time of his death was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit for driving. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant and wrote about his fear of returning to jail in a series of Facebook posts in the days before he was killed.
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (David Shankbone)

Tracy Morgan: Walmart is blaming me for injuries caused by their truck driver’s crash

“I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” Morgan said in a statement.