‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli summoned to appear for Senate grilling over price-gouging scheme

‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli summoned to appear for Senate grilling over price-gouging scheme

Travis Gettys Martin Shkreli, the chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, has been called to answer questions before the U.S. Senate about his price-gouging scheme. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent the former hedge fund manager a letter Wednesday asking him to appear before a special committee on aging to explain why he

Oregon voters pass right-wing measure forcing sheriff to act like an Oath Keeper militia member

Oregon voters pass right-wing measure forcing sheriff to act like an Oath Keeper militia member

Travis Gettys Voters in one Oregon county approved a measure that would basically require the sheriff to act like an Oath Keeper militia member. Coos County voters approved a “Second Amendment Preservation Measure” Tuesday that would grant the sheriff authority to decide which state and federal gun laws are unconstitutional — and then keep authorities

Michigan Republicans forced out of state legislature over extramarital affair lose GOP primary races

Michigan Republicans forced out of state legislature over extramarital affair lose GOP primary races

Reuters Two former Michigan representatives forced out of the state legislature for their extramarital affair and its subsequent cover-up lost their respective bids to regain their seats in a special Republican primary on Tuesday, results showed. Cindy Gamrat, who was removed from her Allegan County seat, and Todd Courser, who resigned from his seat in

The Koch brothers are seeking to project a friendlier public image

The Koch brothers are seeking to project a friendlier public image

International Business Times

Koch Brothers Seeking A Warmer Public Image

Two of the most significant Republican donors are getting an image makeover. The Koch brothers — Charles and David — gave their first-ever joint interview Tuesday as part of a publicity tour they hope will remove some of the mystery surrounding their famously large donations to Republican politicians. In the interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the…

GOP keeps control of Virginia state Senate despite gun control spending

GOP keeps control of Virginia state Senate despite gun control spending

Reuters Republicans kept control of the Virginia state Senate on Tuesday despite millions from billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group backing Democrats. The victories mean that the Republicans retain control of both houses of the state legislature. The party remains an obstacle to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe as he tries to tighten gun laws

Washington police probe death of handcuffed man in custody

Washington police probe death of handcuffed man in custody

Reuters Washington police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old man found handcuffed in the custody of special officers, authorities said. The man, Alonzo Smith, was discovered by officers on Sunday unconscious and not breathing at a residential building, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement late on Tuesday. The police officers had responded

LGBT activists call on NFL to pull Super Bowl out of Houston after voters repeal anti-discrimination law

LGBT activists call on NFL to pull Super Bowl out of Houston after voters repeal anti-discrimination law

Bethania Palma Markus After Houston voters struck down a city ordinance protecting transgender people discrimination, some are calling for an economic boycott of the city — including asking the National Football League to relocate its 2017 Super Bowl originally slated for Houston. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was defeated by a wide margin, the

Meet Matt Bevin — Kentucky’s new Kim Davis-loving, ‘pathological liar,’ GOP ‘idiot’ governor

Meet Matt Bevin — Kentucky’s new Kim Davis-loving, ‘pathological liar,’ GOP ‘idiot’ governor

Travis Gettys Republican Matt Bevin defeated Democrat Barack Obama in the race for Kentucky governor. At least, that’s what it seemed like. The Tea Party conservative repeatedly pissed off Republicans after winning May’s GOP primary by just 83 votes, and the Republican Governors Association pulled its advertising support in September. Polls showed Kentucky’s attorney general,

Seattle passes landmark campaign finance initiative

Seattle passes landmark campaign finance initiative

International Business Times

Seattle residents voted Tuesday night on a campaign measure that was publicized as a national model for campaign finance reform. The measure, based on votes counted around 11 p.m. local time Tuesday, had garnered 60 percent of the votes, local media reported. “Seattle leads the nation … We look forward to seeing more cities and states…

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis appeals ruling that sent her to prison

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis appeals ruling that sent her to prison

International Business Times

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who gained nationwide attention for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, filed an appeal asking a court to dismiss rulings that landed her in jail. Davis was jailed in September after being found in contempt of court for defying the Supreme Court’s June ruling that legalized gay marriage across the U.S. In…

France-born soldier becomes American war hero

France-born soldier becomes American war hero

Agence France-Presse Wrapped around Florent Groberg’s right wrist is a scratched, black metal band he hardly ever takes off. The soldier’s bracelet is engraved with a date in 2012, along with the names and ranks of three comrades who were killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan. Next week, President Barack Obama will give Groberg