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Specter denies making deal with Santorum to support judges

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) Thursday on CNN denied promising his former Senate colleague Rick Santorum that he would support the president’s Supreme Court nominees. At the Republican debate on Wednesday night, Santorum said he endorsed Specter — a pro-choice Republican who voted for health care reform — in 2004…

Maryland poised to legalize same sex marriages

The Maryland Senate on Thursday approved legislation that grants same sex couples all the marriage rights currently enjoyed by opposite sex couples, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. “All children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law,”…

‘Xena’ actress boards ship in New Zealand oil drill protest

WELLINGTON — “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress Lucy Lawless and a group of Greenpeace activists boarded an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand Friday in a bid to disrupt plans to search for oil off Alaska. Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer early Friday in a bid to…

Obama keeps Libya sanctions in place

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday extended by one year the national emergency order allowing sanctions against Libya to remain in place, the White House announced. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama said he was concerned by ongoing threats posed to US interests by the family of…

New York police surveillance of Muslims probed

NEW YORK — Authorities in New Jersey said Thursday they are looking into complaints that New York police have extended their controversial surveillance of Muslim communities into the neighboring state. “The matter is under review,” said Leland Moore, at the New Jersey attorney general’s office, refusing further comment. The American…

Hackers dog Los Angeles Police Canine Association

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of hacker group Anonymous took credit Thursday for an online raid of the Los Angeles Police Canine Association and the posting of personal and potentially embarrassing information. “Over the past three weeks, we in the cabin have been targeting law enforcement sites across the United States,”…

Obama goes on offensive as gasoline prices soar

MIAMI — US President Barack Obama tried to head off Republican criticism over rising gasoline prices Thursday, ridiculing their responses as bumper-sticker policies designed to win an election, not to solve the problem. Visiting the hard-hit election battleground of Florida, a feisty Obama responded to a barrage of Republican criticism…

Huntsman calls for third party: ‘The system is broken’

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Thursday expressed his disillusionment with the dominance of the Republican and Democratic parties in American politics. “We need campaign finance reform,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC. “The system is broken. We need term limits. We need something to compete against a duopoly…

All copies of John Edwards sex tape to be destroyed

All known copies of a sexually explicit videotape featuring former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter will be destroyed, according to ABC News. Hunter had fought a two-year long court battle with former Edwards’ aide Andrew Young and his wife Cheri for allegedly stealing her “personal…

Republican state attorneys general sue Obama over birth control rule

Seven state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration that seeks to block the implementation of new federal government rules regarding contraception coverage. The attorneys general of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas, along with some Catholic organizations, said in their lawsuit that the…

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