First Drip (12/18/14): 70-year-old injustice righted, Rick Perry compares Hanukkah to Boston Tea Party

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More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

Bobby Shmurda, the 20-year-old MC known for the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Hot N—a,” has been arrested in New York City. Shmurda, born Ackquille Pollard, was arrested in connection with an NYPD investigation into drug trafficking and gang violence, as NBC New York reported. After a search of Shmurda’s car and a recording studio where he was arrested, police found three guns, according to the Daily Beast.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia showed defiance and anger at the West in his annual news conference in Moscow today, showing no sign of softening his position on Ukraine despite the financial turmoil in his country. He promised to maintain social welfare programs at their current level, and said that Russia’s economy would return to growth within two years.

On Tuesday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- long a public fan of Judaism -- marked the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah by comparing it to the Boston Tea Party, which was celebrating its 241st anniversary the same day. There is a parallel to be drawn here -- but Perry chose the wrong tea party and the wrong lessons.

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