Clashes in Baltimore After Freddie Gray Funeral | Al Jazeera America

Violent confrontations involving the police broke out in Baltimore on Monday, just hours after the funeral of a black man who died in police custody after suffering a severe spinal injury.

At least seven officers were wounded in clashes after the memorial service, suffering broken bones after demonstrators started throwing bricks and stones, according to authorities. One law official was described as “unresponsive” by Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, who said the attack took place “without provocation.”

Police responded with pepper spray, tear gas and riot shields, the Baltimore Sun reported.

It came on a day when thousands of mourners gathered to pay tribute to Freddie Gray, whose death under mysterious circumstances has become the latest touchstone in a national debate over police use of force. Many who had never met the man were among those who entered a Baltimore church to bid him farewell and press for more accountability among law enforcement.

via Clashes in Baltimore After Freddie Gray Funeral | Al Jazeera America.

▶ Free Speech | Season 4 Episode 2 | Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru – YouTube

▶ Free Speech | Season 4 Episode 2 | Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru – YouTube.

Liberals furious with Obama’s trade comments | MSNBC

The already bitter fight between the White House and the progressive base over trade policy has turned ugly after President Obama said his critics on the left “don’t know what they’re talking about” and compared their arguments to conspiracy theories about “death panels.”

Progressives trade critics are up in arms over the comments, made Thursday night to a gathering of Organizing for Action, the grassroots group that spun off of Obama’s presidential campaign, at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C.

The president has been locked in perhaps his fiercest battle yet with the left flank of his own party over a massive new trade with a dozen Pacific-rim countries known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. To get TPP approved, Obama needs Congress to grant him “fast-track” authority, which would give Congress only an up-down vote on final treaty. It’s practically impossible to achieve Congressional approval of treaties otherwise.

via Liberals furious with Obama's trade comments | MSNBC.

Revolution! Anti-Gay Activists Threaten Uprising If Supreme Court Approves Marriage Equality | Right Wing Watch

Speaking from the pulpit of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in May 2004, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Dobson’s words were simulcast into churches across the country as part of a “Battle for Marriage” rally that just happened to coincide with President George W. Bush’s hard-fought reelection campaign. Three months earlier, the president himself hadannounced to the nation that “to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America.”

via Revolution! Anti-Gay Activists Threaten Uprising If Supreme Court Approves Marriage Equality | Right Wing Watch.

Bruce Jenner comes out as a transgender conservative Republican | TheHill

Bruce Jenner comes out as a transgender conservative Republican | TheHill.

▶ Leanne Wood – Speech to SNP Conference November 2014 – YouTube

My favorite British political these days.

▶ Leanne Wood – Speech to SNP Conference November 2014 – YouTube.

Democrat introduces ‘Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act’ | TheHill

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) stepped up his feud against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) by proposing a bill that would ban him from legislating entirely.

His office announced the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act” in a statement Friday afternoon that bashed King for his own “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” which King revealed on Wednesday. King’s bill aims to take marriage cases out of the jurisdiction of federal courts in favor of states, a move prompted by next week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on gay marriage cases.

“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said in the statement.

via Democrat introduces 'Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act' | TheHill.