Texas Men Die After Trying to ‘Jump’ Drawbridge, Officials Say

Two Texas men died on May 23 after they attempted to jump over an open drawbridge with their vehicle, said officials.

According to the Louisiana State Police, state police responded to a car crash after 2 a.m. at the Black Bayou Bridge in Louisiana.

The bridge was closed to traffic to allow a boat to pass, officials said.

But a witness said a passenger got out of the vehicle and pushed the arm gate up, said a press release from the state police department.

The passenger then returned to the vehicle as the driver drove toward the ramp at the end of the bridge, said officials. read more

Boy, 9, Killed by Falling Locker in Essex High School

A 9-year-old boy died in a school in Britain after a locker fell over and pinned him, The Mirror reported.

The child was at an after-school club at a local high school when tragedy struck.

A spokesperson for Essex Police was cited by The Mirror as saying: “We were called by the ambulance service at about 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, to reports a child had been injured at Great Baddow High School in Duffield Road, Chelmsford.

“The nine-year-old boy was believed to have fallen from a locker and become trapped underneath it.” read more

Sanders Campaign Manager Hits Biden for High Dollar Fundraisers

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I. Vt.) campaign manager Faiz Shakir took aim at Democrat presidential primary front runner Joe Biden for recent high dollar fundraisers the former vice president has held since joining the race.

Biden “is raising huge sums of money at large fundraising events all across the country,” Shakir wrote in a Friday morning fundraising email to supporters.

“These are high-dollar functions hosted and attended by corporate lobbyists, health care executives, a Republican casino-CEO, and a union-busting lawyer among others,” he added. read more

Congress Seeks to Stop Feds From Releasing Convicted Terrorists From Prison Early for Good Behavior

Congress is seeking to prevent the federal government from releasing Americans convicted of terrorism from being released from prison for good behavior, legislation that comes in reaction to the recent release of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, who was let out of prison after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence.

The release of Lindh from prison for good behavior has riled GOP national security hawks in Congress and now prompted Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Republican allies to spearhead legislation to bar anyone convicted of terrorism charges from ever being released from prison for good behavior. read more

Former Clinton Adviser and Feminist Author Realizes Giant Error In New Book While On-Air

Former Bill Clinton adviser and feminist author Naomi Wolf saw a central part of her upcoming book debunked during a BBC interview that aired Tuesday.

In her book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love, Wolf posits that a revolution in British law’s approach to homosexuality took place in the 19th Century, eventually coming to America. One of her most dramatic claims was that many homosexuals were executed under sodomy laws in the U.K. after 1835, the consensus date of the last execution for sodomy in Britain. read more

Mark Kelly Attended Fundraiser Hosted By Canadian ‘Deadbeat’ Dad

Mark Kelly, the former astronaut running as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Arizona, appeared at a May 15 fundraiser hosted by a man who previously made headlines for being one of Ontario, Canada’s “worst deadbeat parents.”

Kelly’s campaign sent out a fundraising invitation billing Blaine Tanner as a host at the Sedona reception along with his wife, Ellen Simon. The couple last made political news in 2006. Simon was running for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District seat when Tanner’s ex-wife revealed their domestic issues on Arizona political blogs, the Arizona Republic reported. read more

Omar: ‘Religious Fundamentalists’ Practice ‘Hypocrisy,’ Only Pro-Life to ‘Control’ Women

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) castigated what she saw as the “hypocrisy” of pro-life “religious fundamentalists” for attempting to “control” women, while “not living” up to their own values.

Omar, who has courted controversy with her anti-Israel views since joining Congress, took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday to attack a slew of new pro-life laws enacted by conservative states across the country.

“Religious fundamentalists are trying to manipulate the state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society all with complete disregard for voices and rights of American women,” Omar said. read more