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(CNN) — A heavily armed gunman killed at least 14 people and wounded 50 more during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. Police arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN. The suspect was not immediately identified, though Fania said he was believed to be in his early 20s. “He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said. Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman, and FBI spokesman Jason Pack said it did not appear the incident was related to terrorism.

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FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Arizona could become the first state to require drug tests for applicants for unemployment benefits.

This was part of the deal when Congress agreed last month to extend jobless benefits through the end of the year. That legislation allows states to require drug testing for people who lost their jobs because they failed an employer’s drug test – or for those applying for jobs where drug testing is common.

The Arizona State Senate has approved this bill and now it will go to the House for a vote. The Bill’s sponsor tells the Huffington Post he would have pushed for this legislation even if Congress hadn’t paved the way.

Republican State Senator Steve Smith says the unemployed are fortunate to live in a country where there are programs to help people survive when they’re looking for work.

He says the least applicants should do is prove they’re of “sound mind to get a job.”

Supporters of these drug tests say businesses shouldn’t have to subsidize illegal activity. They suggest that workers could also increase their chances of getting hired if they prove they’re drug-free.

But critics say drug testing is costly – that it could cost millions for states to administer. They also say drug tests stigmatize the jobless as drug addicts.

Arizona could also run into some resistance here. That’s because Congress has left it up to the labor department to determine how many unemployment applicants get drug tests.

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This is Herman Cain
By: Ethan Brisby,

I witnessed history today in my home town of Bryan/College Station. A conservative black man name Herman Cain showed up at a local book store and nearly 3,000 middle class white American came out to get his autograph, shake his hand, and more importantly show support for his Presidential Campaign. “This is Herman Cain” is the name of his new book, and he is on a nationwide tour spreading his message in hopes of winning the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
There was a sense of excitement in the air as Cain, a Georgia businessman gave the people all the conservative perspective they could handle. Earlier in the day I read a story which quotes Cain as saying, “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich; blame yourself. It’s not someone’s fault if they succeeded; it is someone’s fault if they failed.” This got me to thinking, is it time for young African American’s to take a long-hard look at Republican policies?
The 20-somethings and 30-somethings among generations of poor African-Americans are likely to be the first in their family to graduate college and are positioning themselves to succeed in the marketplace. They are doing so and will do so mostly without the assistance of the social programs that historically has attracted African-Americans to vote Democratic. But this message from Herman Cain, who’s father worked multiple jobs to pull his family up by their bootstrap, is one that mimics an old hip hop cliché “Get up get out and get something.”
“One of the most important lessons Dad taught us was not to feel like victims. He never felt like a victim; he never talked like a victim,” writes Mr. Cain of his youth in the Jim Crow South. “And both of our parents”—his mother worked as a maid and his father was a chauffeur—”taught us not to think that the government owed us something. They didn’t teach us to be mad at this country.” No wonder Cain is a multi-millionaire and stands on the Red side of the fence a place many African-Americans dare to go.
Obviously people notice that Mr. Cain is black, but it doesn’t appear to be a factor in his soaring popularity. This is progress. Progress made by white Americans to see a black man as an American first. I spoke with a local College Station resident name Lisa who had this to say about why she supports Cain.
“I think he’s awesome. I think he’s honest. I think he is a fabulous leader. He’s pro America. What more can I say.”
So if white America can support a black man on both sides of the political stratosphere I again pose the question is it time for African-Americans to get past the sabotage of media propaganda and learn some Republican values. Until recent years, the Republican party has always been the party of the African-American people. An even more alarming notion is that the state of Texas has historically been a Democratic state, and not until recent times has it become overwhelmingly Republican; a strange tale of role reversals to say the least.
Poor, but feeding the rich
By Wayne Drash, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) — Andono Bryant shuffles across an old shuffleboard court to pick up groceries at the food co-op.

“This is the real Occupy,” she says.

The 44-year-old mother of five grown children scoops up boxes of food. She doesn’t have time to go a mile away to the Occupy protests and shake her fist. She’s just trying to make sure her family can eat today.

A few miles north of the Georgia Avenue Food Cooperative, Andono’s husband, Alan, 47, serves steaks to some of the targets of the Occupy movement: the 1% of Americans who have enjoyed nearly 60% of all gains in income over the last three decades.

Alan Bryant mans the grill at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where a well-marbled cowboy ribeye fetches $44 and a fully loaded 1-pound potato goes for $7.

He prides himself on providing a good meal to customers.

“Once you get a person to smile as they eat, my day is fulfilled,” the line cook says. “When I see other people happy, it makes me happy.

“Even though on the inside, it really hurts.”

It hurts because it’s a constant reminder of the couple’s shattered dreams. The Bryants used to make $40,000, lived in their own home and gave to others. Now they live below the poverty line in the city with the widest income gap between rich and poor than anywhere else in the nation.

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Five things we learned from back-to-back debates

“Ya Down Wit GOP…Yeah You Know Me!!!”

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) — Republican presidential candidates faced off twice in 11 hours on Saturday and Sunday in debates ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. While both debates were staged in the Granite State, it was clear that the rivals intended for their messages to go beyond New Hampshire.

Here are five things we learned from the weekend.

Romney’s debating skills on display

Neither debate did much to change the state of play in New Hampshire. Front-runner Mitt Romney’s rivals went after him in both debates.

Even when other candidates slighted Romney — Rick Perry referred to an “insider from Wall Street,” and Gingrich went after Romney’s private-sector record by repeatedly citing an article by The New York Times — the jabs were either veiled or dispassionate.

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