Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
Debate over the death penalty in Colorado continues this election year, as Republican work to make Gov. John Hickenlooper's granting of a temporary reprieve to "Chuck E. Cheese Killer" Nathan Dunlap a campaign issue. A recent interview leaked by a conservative news outlet, as one example, quotes Hickenlooper as considering a full commutation of Dunlap's sentence — along with the governor's growing belief that the death penalty in Colorado (as elsewhere) is no longer a just punishment. The Republican outrage quickly worked itself into ridiculousness.
In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg, conservative pundit Ben Stein insisted that Michael Brown, the black teenager who was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, “wasn’t unarmed” because he was “armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.”
Following a massive, militarized show of force in Ferguson over the last few weeks, President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supply military equipment to local and state police departments. But we now know that at least one of those, the Pentagon’s 1033 program, is already in deep trouble.
Eight: the number of legal abortion providers that, barring a federal court’s intervention, will remain in Texas as of Monday, September 1, when the final provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2, goes into effect.
There are new disclosures on the police shooting of John Crawford, a young unarmed black man who was shot and killed in an Ohio Walmart while holding a BB gun that they sell in the store. The family and their lawyer have seen the store surveillance tape and it turns out, he was indeed, just shopping. However, police refuse to release the video to the public because transparency is not an element of justice in this country.
Oklahoma state officials need to stop shrouding information about its executions, according to a lawsuit filed today. The suit, filed by The Oklahoma Observer and the American Civil Liberties Union, stems from the botched execution in April of Clayton Lockett.