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FRC President Blames Other Orgs For Shooting

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In the aftermath of a shooting that took place at the conservative lobbying group Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. this week, the organization's president, Tony Perkins, is calling for an end to "reckless rhetoric," which he blames for the attack.

Perkins says the suspect was "given a license" to shoot by organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center says the Family Research Council defames gays and lesbians, and it has described FRC as a hate group.

At a press conference Perkins called that a "reckless use of terminology."

"It marginalizes individuals and organizations, letting people feel free to go and do bodily harm to innocent people who are simply working and representing folks all across this country," he says.

In a statement Mark Potok, senior fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center, calls Perkins' statement "outrageous," and says the council has a pattern of "demonizing" comments.

Floyd Lee Corkins II, is charged with assault with intent to kill and bringing firearms across state lines. He has been ordered held without bond, with a detention hearing scheduled for next Friday.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

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