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From President Obama's call for equal pay to continued unrest in Ukraine to a college basketball player coming out as gay, here are the biggest stories of the last week.


Why the Five-Percenters Hate You

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After Jay-Z wore a medallion linked to the obscure 5 Percenter religion, best known through prison stories and hip hop songs, we give you some background on the group and its beliefs.

Usually Jay Z’s bling simply means ‘I am so rich that conventional taste is out the window’. Not at a Nets game a few weeks ago when the rapper sported a heavy gold medallion engraved with the symbolism of an obscure religious cult that’s well known in hip hop circles and behind the wall, but a mystery to most. To those in the know, Hova’s pendant, an eight-pointed nautical star with the number 7 inside, a crescent and another star close by,  symbolized the Five Percenters.

New York

Save the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

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The developer is walking away from an idea that became a hater’s dream. If a mosque doesn’t return, it’s a loss for everyone who loves America.

As if out of a Muslim hater’s dream, New York City Buildings Department demolition permits No. 121955946 and No. 121955134 authorize the holder to reduce the so-called ground zero mosque to rubble. But the person authorized to perform the demolition is not Sarah Palin or some other purveyor of junk jingoism.The destroyer of the mosque will be Sharif El-Gamel, the same real-estate developer who created such a furor when he established it as part of a proposed Islamic cultural center four years ago.


It’s Time to End Profiling

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The attorney general’s new rules cleared the way for more inequity, including tracking whole communities based on ethnicity and religion.

When will the FBI finally stop using religion and ethnicity as a reason to investigate Americans? Well, not any time soon if the New York Times report on Thursday is correct regarding the new rules proposed by Attorney General Eric Holder.  It’s astounding that while this week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Department of Justice still operates under rules that treat people differently based on their ethnicity or religion.


FL’s Zombie Apocalypse Gun Bill

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In case of riots, emergencies, or World War Z, the Sunshine State may throw out all rules on guns. This is crazy, even by Florida standards.

How do you take an unstable situation, be it a Hurricane Sandy-ish storm making shore, an accident causing mass casualties or a riot, and make it even more fun (read: awful) for those unlucky enough to be caught in it? Why add in the carte blanche right of amateurs to carry assault weapons and pistols with high-capacity magazines, and that ought to do it. Of course an idea this ridiculous could only happen in one place: Florida.Florida is what you might call a special place.

CNN: After the Missing Plane


Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, CNN has devoted hours of its programming to little else. They were right to, insisted CNN chief Jeff Zucker, as he unveiled the channel’s new raft of shows.

That missing plane? Still missing.Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—whose strange disappearance five weeks ago continues to be an on-camera staple and ratings godsend for CNN—was barely mentioned in the cable outlet’s slick presentation Thursday afternoon of its new programming plans, re-branded corporate identity and re-jiggered slogan, which happens to be “Go there.”        The “upfront” as these network rollouts are called—CNN’s first in several years—featured a video in which anchors aplenty from Chris Cuomo to Don Lemon to Sanjay Gupta to Erin Burnett revealed how many different ways, and with how many repetitions, they could use the phrase “Go there.

Sign of Spring

It’s Peak Cherry Blossom Time!

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Our endless winter is really over—weeks after the official beginning of spring, the cherry blossoms are finally in bloom. See photos of the blooms around Washington, D.C.

What 4th Amendment?

The Towns the Constitution Forgot

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One hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

“I was in the middle of nowhere. Three agent men against one woman—with her two children—in the middle of the desert where nobody is around. They could have done anything to me and my kids.”In a video posted on the ACLU’s website this week, Clarisa Christiansen recalls her chilling encounter with a posse of Border Patrol agents while driving her two children home from elementary school last May. Despite being accustomed to seeing agents regularly roving around Three Points, Arizona, the desert community approximately 40 miles north of the U.

Penn. Attack

Thank God It Wasn’t Guns

Twenty-one were stabbed in a Pennsylvania school rampage Wednesday, but all are expected to live—and one even took a selfie. Think how different the toll would have been with bullets.

The dead take no selfies.So there might well never have been the remarkable selfie that 16-year-old Nate Scimio took after his heroism at Franklin Regional High School if he had faced a gun rather than two knives on Wednesday morning. In all, Scimio and 19 other students, along with one staff member, were stabbed when a sophomore allegedly stormed through the school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Three students were critically injured.One, a girl, was saved from bleeding to death when a classmate kept paper towels pressed against her wound.

That Was Easy

Congress: Hail Our Media Overlords

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Those expecting Comcast to be on the ropes at a Senate hearing Wednesday into its multibillion-dollar merger with Time Warner Cable were in for a surprise. The company batted off concerns over rising prices and the detrimental effects on competition and consumer choice.

For much of Wednesday’s Senate hearing into the proposed $45.2 billion merger of the nation’s two biggest cable television and Internet service providers, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, David Cohen wore a tiny smile.The round, open face of Comcast’s top lobbyist and spin doctor—framed by non-threatening wire-rimmed specs—formed itself into a cat-who-ate-the-canary grin, even as various senators, both Democrats and Republicans, raised questions about the troubling impact such a corporate fusion will have on competition and consumer choices, along with rising prices.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why.


In the Obamacare Closet

Big Texas Sell

Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job


Red State Obamascare Tactics


Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress