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Connecticut High School Football Captain Held for Murder of Male Lover: VIDEO

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Terence Mitchell, the 18-year-old football team captain at Bloomfield High School in Connecticut is being held on $1 million dollar bond for the murder of his 27-year-old male lover Ronald Taylor Jr., WFSB reports:

Police said Mitchell stabbed Taylor five times with a steak knife, and left the utensil in Taylor's back before he managed to pull it out on his own and later dying from his injuries. At first, investigators said Mitchell lied and said the two were attacked by two unidentified black men wearing hoodies. Mitchell later confessed to the crime, according to documents.

...Court papers revealed Mitchell admitted to police that Taylor gave him pot and alcohol over the past two years, and that they had a sexual relationship, but when Mitchell tried to end it at the end of last year, "Taylor posted a picture of him on Facebook that included a blog of bad things about him, including him being a Bloomfield gay football star," the court documents said.

Mitchell also told investigators that Taylor threatened to report the photo, that Taylor would have outbursts and get jealous when he texted girls, and earlier this week even threatened him with a sword.

On Thursday, court documents said Taylor texted Mitchell inviting himself over, then announcing it wasn't going to end well. Mitchell, police said, felt threatened and put a knife in his pants pocket so he could defend himself if Taylor did anything outrageous. The documents said that after Taylor hit him in the face, he stabbed him three times in Taylor's car before he started running and Mitchell chased him.

Watch WFSB's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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CT's Gov. Malloy Picks Openly Gay Former Lawmaker For State's High Court

McdonaldConnecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is ending 2012 by making a bit of history.

The CT Mirror reports that the Democratic governor today nominated Andrew J. McDonald, an openly gay former State Assemblyman, to be Connecticut's first openly gay state Supreme Court Justice.

As a justice, McDonald would bring to the state's highest court the perspective of a politician who struggled to draft and pass legislation on the death penalty, gay marriage, transgender rights, gun control and drug penalties.

"The Judiciary Committee is the legislative cauldron for all of that," McDonald said in 2009, when the panel drew the ire of Catholic clergy by considering a bill that could have forcibly reorganized the finances of Catholic parishes.

McDonald, who first ran for the state Senate in 2002 as an openly gay politician, was co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 2005, when the legislature passed a civil unions law that gave many of the same rights as marriage to same-sex couples. The law was seen as a stepping stone to marriage, a right the state Supreme Court gave gay couples in 2008.

Malloy and McDonald have a long working history: McDonald left state office to join Malloy's administration as legal counsel in 2010.


NRA's Wayne LaPierre Sticks To His Guns On 'Meet The Press': VIDEO

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Wayne LaPierre guaranteed the NRA a place on the fringe today.

After two days of outrage over the NRA leader's assertion that we need more guns in schools to stop another Sandy Hook-type massacre, LaPierre went on Meet the Press not to amend his statement or take a softer tone. No, he appeared today to make similar claims, even as host David Gregory, growing increasingly flabbergasted by LaPierre's defiant gun worship, gave him plenty of opportunities to introduce some humanity into his argument.

Mediaite summarizes one of their more tense exchanges, when LaPierre equated gun controls with morality laws and disagreed that removing assault weapons from streets would save lives.

After pressing LaPierre further on why he is unwilling to concede gun control measures as one part of the potential solution, the NRA leader responded, "you can’t legislate morality … legislation works on the law-abiding, it doesn’t work on criminals."

"If it’s possible to reduce the loss of life, you’re willing to try [gun control]?" Gregory repeatedly asked before holding up a high-capacity magazine of ammunition. "Isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these … isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like New Haven?" Gregory pushed.

"I don’t think that’s going to make one difference," LaPierre answered. "There are so many ways to evade that." Unconvinced, Gregory hammered LaPierre over his evasiveness on the subject, demanding to know whether he’d be willing to try such restrictions if, by his own logic, it could possibly save more lives.

“I don’t buy your argument one bit,” LaPierre said.

It's truly incredible: over the span of three days, LaPierre took his group, one of the most respected, powerful and sought after voices in gun politics and turned it into a shrieking, raging outlier.

Oh, as for those New York Post and New York Daily News headlines labeling him a "gun nut" and "crazy," LaPierre had this to say, "If it’s crazy to call for putting armed police in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy." As you wish.

Watch video of LaPierre's entire Meet the Press interview AFTER THE JUMP.

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Even The 'New York Post' Outraged Over NRA 'More Guns' Statement: PHOTO

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This is how Rupert Murdoch's aggressively conservative New York Post covered NRA head Wayne LaPierre's astounding assertion that schools need more guns today. An appropriate response from a paper known to celebrate gun rights.

Could LaPierre's remarks - and the following outrage - be the beginning of the end of the NRA, once a reliable right wing ally?

AFTER THE JUMP, the equally incensed reaction from the more centrist New York Daily News.

[Via TPM]

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Focus on the Family's James Dobson Blames Sandy Hook Shooting on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Joining, AFA radio host Bryan Fischer and Mike Huckabee, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson blamed the absence of religion in school for the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook, Right Wing Watch reports.

DobsonAnd Gay marriage and abortion are to blame as well:

Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I'm not talking politically, I'm not talking about the result of the November sixth election;  I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.

I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn't exist, or he's irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition.  Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.

And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us.  I think that's what's going on.


President Obama Speaks At Newtown Vigil: VIDEO

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President Obama flew to Newtown, Connecticut, today to appear at a vigil behind held for the victims of Friday's elementary school shooting.

"I am very mindful that words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, but whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide," said Obama in the teary speech. All across this land of ours, we have wept with you... Newtown, you are not alone."

This is the fourth trip President Obama has taken to the site of a mass shooting, something not lost on the commander-in-chief, who implored the country, "We can do better than this."

The most emotional and visibly difficult moment came toward the end of the president's 17-minute speech, when he read the names of the 20 children who were shot and killed. It's powerful.

Watch President Obama console and mourn with Newtown, AFTER THE JUMP.

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