A Republican who twice tried — and twice failed — to be elected has changed his name from “Scott Fistler” to “Cesar Chavez,” his party affiliation from GOP to Democrat, and just filed to run for Congress in a heavily Hispanic district.
Melissa Harris-Perry Hopes Trayvon Martin Whooped George Zimmerman When Fighting for Life
On Tuesday, news broke that the U.S. Department of Justice would not bring charges against George Zimmerman for the slaying of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. A day before the announcement, however, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry said she hoped Martin died fighting for his life, during a speech at Cornell University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture.
States of Emergency Declared as Winter Storm Hits South
It is the third big winter storm in less than two weeks, and much of the South continues to shiver under another powerful blast of snow, sleet and ice. States like Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas have declared states of emergency.
U.S. Deserter Andre Shepherd Needs Iraq War Crimes Evidence to Become Refugee
Europe's highest court said on Thursday, a U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes. Thee European Court of Justice added that, even if Andre Shepherd could prove war crimes were very likely to have been committed, he would then still have to show he had no alternative to desertion, such as becoming a conscientious objector.
D.C. Faces Fight with Congress over Pot Legalization
A new law to legalize weed in Washington, D.C., went into effect Thursday, but some Republican members of Congress are calling for the feds to arrest D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city council members. Julianna Goldman explains the clash over cannabis.