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How many baton blows to the head does it take to "calm" a man who is attempting to return to his mother's home on a summer night?  Not less than 20, and a few good kicks to boot -- that is, according to defense attorney Stephen Worth and his client, New York City Police Officer David London.

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For several months now, Rand Paul has often been referred to as the Poster Boy of the Tea Party Movement.  And, if he ends up winning the campaign to represent his state of Kentucky in the U.S. Senate, he may very well become an articulate national spokesperson for, and a leader of the Tea Party cause.  If elected, however, Mr. Paul may not end up being the sole standout among incoming Tea Party Senators.  That is a distinction that he would almost surely have to share with Mike Lee, a fervent, fellow gun rights supporter who just won the Republican Primary in Utah and is all-but-certain to win his general election race and join the U.S. Senate in January.

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Another trial is underway which involves the death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of police.  As we have seen in similar instances during past years, this one concerns an incident that was recorded on video.  Also, as we have seen historically in many racially charged, high-profile legal proceedings, a jury devoid of African-Americans has been selected to hear the case.  In anticipation of a verdict that citizens might interpret as unjust, the police have spent a year in training and preparation for the possibility that the trial’s outcome may lead to civil unrest. And now for the good news. There is a chance that the facts of this case might — just might — lead to a “just” verdict that is supported by the evidence.  Here are a few of those facts:

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The original policy positions touted on Sharron Angle’s campaign website throughout the Nevada Republican Primary were removed less than 12 hours after her victory.  Up until this morning, the site contained dozens of radical statements, including Angle’s desire to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education, and to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations. Her website, http://www.sharronangle.com/, is likely to re-emerge with a far more streamlined focus.

In the days and weeks ahead, it will be critical for the media to detail the full range of her extraordinarily dangerous views.

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Russell Pearce is at it again.  Mr. Pearce is the state senator who authored SB1070, the Arizona law which obligates police to make an attempt, whenever practicable -- to determine a person's immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is in the country illegally, following a stop by law enforcement.  Now, Phoenix news station KPHO is reporting that his next target is the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  That amendment, which guarantees some of the nation's most important citizenship rights related to equal protection and due process, was passed in 1868, during the aftermath of the Civil War.  In the 142 years since, it has become one of the great foundations of American Law.

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What does a candidate for public office do after failing to overcome withering attacks from opponents? Why, change the subject, of course.  

Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden (R), seeking to recover from her comments about bartering chickens for healthcare treatment, has attempted to do just that.  Finding herself on the defensive against Democrat Harry Reid and in increasingly heated exchanges with Republican Primary opponent Danny Tarkanian, Lowden has recently sought to undercut the attacks by both male opponents in one fell swoop.

In her latest television ad, Lowden declares, “It’s time we pull the plug on these boys.” She then literally pulls a plug and behind her, three television screens showing images of Tarkanian and Reid, go black.   A simplistic ploy – you say – that is as silly as bartering chickens for medical treatment? Perhaps.  While one would not expect the tactic to keep Lowden from slipping in the polls in the aftermath of ChickenGate, there is a chance that her latest approach might keep the bottom from dropping out of her campaign altogether.

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In modern day Louisiana, there are very few places where a person is not legally permitted to carry concealed firearms.  One such place is the church.  However, if Republican state legislator Henry Burns has his way, that law will change in the very near future.  With Louisiana under constant threat of hurricanes, oil spills, and political corruption scandals, and negative stereotypes, Representative Burns is sponsoring legislation to protect the state's residents from terrorist attacks.   "We should not be sheep for the slaughter," he told Times Picayune reporters, shortly after introducing the bill, known as HB68, earlier this year.

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This year’s spring showers have brought several new books on the presidency of Barack Obama.  In one of the latest, entitled, The Blueprint:  Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, co-authors Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski offer yet another work in the Obama horror genre – arguing the president is consciously and systematically seeking to vastly usurp his authority and destroy the very constitutional foundation of our nation.   Mr. Blackwell, the far better known co-author who has previously served as Ohio Treasurer and Secretary of State, recently appeared on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show to make his case.  Unfortunately, while the viewing audience may have expected an exchange of wit and intellect, what they witnessed was Blackwell’s complete inability to provide a single iota of defense for his claim.  At times, the former Ohio politician seemed liked a deer caught in the headlights, unable to draw on any facts.  Blackwell’s performance was so inchoate that it begs the question of whether he is in fact the co-author of this book.

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