Russian Duma Votes to Decriminalize Domestic Violence

The Russian Duma voted 368-1 to decriminalize domestic violence. Instead of a criminal act, it's now an administrative one with a much lower punishment. And why did they do this? Because it will "support the family tradition." … [Read more...]

Trump and Sessions Strongly Support Private Prisons

One of the aspects of the upcoming Trump administration that has received little attention is that he, and his attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, are both big fans of privatizing prisons and jails. That idea has proven disastrous and ineffective throughout the states. … [Read more...]

Sekulow Doesn’t Know What the DOJ Is Supposed to Do

Jordan Sekulow, part of his father Jay's Christian legal empire that he has milked for every dollar he can get his hands on, does a podcast. In his latest one, he cheers on the nomination of Jeff Sessions and says he will end the DOJ's "obsess[ion] with the civil rights issue." … [Read more...]

Hatch’s Desperately Absurd Attempt to Defense Sessions

Orrin Hatch, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that is holding the confirmation hearings for Trump's pick to be attorney general, Jeff Sessions, made a spectacularly ridiculous argument in an attempt to defend Sessions from accusations of racism. … [Read more...]

Tampa Still Arresting People for Feeding the Homeless

Along with several other cities in Florida, Tampa has a longstanding habit of arresting activists who feed homeless people in public parks. This time it was members of the group Peace Not Bombs who committed the "crime" of showing compassion to those who need it. … [Read more...]

Cuomo Vetoes Important Indigent Defense Bill

New York's public defender system is a disaster and has been for a long time. After losing a major lawsuit over it, the legislature voted unanimously for the state to provide funding and control of indigent defense from counties, but alleged liberal Andrew Cuomo just vetoed it. … [Read more...]

Miami Cops Fired for Joking About Using Blacks for Target Practice

So this is apparently what it takes to get fired as a police officer. Three cops in Miami have been fired after they exchanged messages about looking for a shooting range and suggesting that predominately black neighborhoods should work because they have "moving targets and they don’t charge." … [Read more...]

Pratt Lies About Obama and Police Shootings

Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, so far to the right that he thinks the NRA are a bunch of liberal wimps, has a habit of telling lies. On a daily basis, he predicts that the government is going to come seize your guns at any minute. Now he's lying about Obama's reaction to police shootings. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court To Hear Important Criminal Justice Case

Did you know that in many parts of the country, the police charge you a fee for being arrested even if you're completely innocent and no charges are ever filed? The Supreme Court is set to hear two cases challenging that practice as unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Sessions is Very Upset by Challenges to Civil Asset Forfeiture

George Will has one of his occasionally intelligent columns, this time about Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general. You know what really gets Sessions upset? Anyone who challenges the blatantly unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture. … [Read more...]

Yes, Humanists Should Partner with Black Lives Matter

When I was on my Texas speaking tour in October, I got to meet Sean Omar Rivera, the leader of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He impressed the hell out of me. This tireless activist makes the case for why secular humanists should align with Black Lives Matter and similar movements. … [Read more...]

DeLay: I’m Not a Racist, the Anti-Racists are the Racists

Tom DeLay went on a Newsmax show and said what every clueless, racist, privileged white conservative seems to think, that there is no racism in America except for the racism of those who oppose racism. They're the real racists, you know. … [Read more...]