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Sorry, Ranchers, You’re Actually Big-Time Government Moochers

Bundy ranchers big time moochershis week, eyes have been trained on the bizarre standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, where upwards of 20 armed insurgents have seized a government building in opposition to the federal government’s continued ownership and administration of public lands in the Western states.

It’s tempting to write off Ammon Bundy and his allies as a group of fringe radicals, but that would be a mistake: The standoff at Burns exposes a widely held belief in the West—stoked by elected officials at the state and federal level—that the federal government has and will continue to encroach on private property. “The [Bureau of Land Management] wants that land bad and they’ll probably end up getting it,” said a local man in Oregon this week. “The federal government wants to take over the state of Oregon and turn it into a park.”

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Maine governor sorry for remark about 'young white' girls

Maine Gov. Le PageMaine Gov. Paul LePage has apologized for his remark about out-of-state drug dealers impregnating "young white" girls, saying it was a slip of the tongue.

At times defiant, the Republican governor told reporters Friday that he never intended to inject race into the debate over Maine's heroin epidemic.

He says, "My brain was slower than my mouth." He says he meant to say "Maine women."

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Lawyers Went to Rahm Emanuel, Then Quashed the Laquan McDonald Video

Video squashed by Chi officialsCity of Chicago lawyers, after meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, demanded the Laquan McDonald family bury the video showing the killing of their son by a police officer.

Emanuel said last month that Stephen Patton, Chicago’s corporation counsel, briefed him “towards the end of March” about what the dashboard-camera video showed and about the proposed $5 million settlement with McDonald’s estate. After that briefing, Patton’s second-in-command, Thomas Platt, drafted settlement language to keep the dash-cam video hidden for at least several years, according to emails reviewed by The Daily Beast (PDF).

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Oregon sheriff has received numerous death threats since militia takeover

Oregon sheriffThe local sheriff policing the occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon said he has received numerous death threats since armed militia took over the remote government outpost over the weekend.

Harney County sheriff David Ward told local residents on Wednesday that his wife had left town for her safety after strangers followed her home one night and someone slit her car tire. He said he had received anonymous letters with numerous misspellings that included death threats.

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Gun companies in fear of NRA unlikely to help Obama’s cause

Gun companies fear NRAThe White House intends to “engage” with gunmakers to “explore what more they can do” following Barack Obama’s tearful announcement of expanded background checks on gun buyers. With an eye on the manufacturers, the president called for new technologies to make weapons safer, such as trigger locks.

But recent history suggests his appeal will fail to persuade an industry that is more afraid of offending the gun lobby than confronting the White House.

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Florida woman died after hospital thought she was faking: lawyers

FL woman dies for nothingA Florida woman who collapsed and later died after being arrested for refusing to leave a rural hospital emergency room may have lived if medical staff and police had not assumed she was faking illness, her lawyers said on Wednesday.

Barbara Dawson, 57, complained of abdominal pains at Calhoun Liberty Hospital in the Florida Panhandle town of Blountstown five days before Christmas, but medical staff examined and released her.

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Alabama Chief Justice Confuses Legal Duties With 'Personal Anti-LGBT Agenda'

Crazy Roy MooreAlabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses, despite last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage throughout the country.

Moore said the federal case, Obergefell v. Hodges, brought "confusion and uncertainty" to Alabama, where the state supreme court has previously ruled against legalizing same-sex marriage. Among other things, he cited the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as evidence of such "confusion."

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