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Lab study raises questions over nano-particle impact

PARIS — Tests involving chickens have raised questions about the impact on health from engineered nano-particles, the ultra-fine grains commonly used in drugs and processed foods, scientists said on Sunday. Chickens exposed to high oral doses of polystyrene particles 50 nanometres (50 billionths of a metre) across absorbed less iron…

New Jersey Senate President: Same sex marriage will pass despite governor

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) said Friday that the state legislature would pass a bill to legalize same sex marriage despite a veto threat from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. “It is absolutely going to pass on Monday, and I expect it to pass the Assembly on Thursday, and…

Palin calls HBO movie ‘The Sarah Palin Employment Act’

Failed Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says that she has created more jobs for impersonators than President Barack Obama has created in total during his entire presidency. Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Palin how she rated Julianne Moore’s impersonation of her in HBO’s upcoming film “Game…

Thom Hartmann takes on NOM’s Maggie Gallagher: Your work causes others misery

Thom Hartmann of Russia Today interviewed Maggie Gallagher, founder and former head of the National Organization for Marriage, after a federal court upheld the right of same sex couples to marry in California. NOM was formed to support Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same sex marriage. The group is…

SNL parodies Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad

Saturday Night Live chose to get in on the fun surrounding the conversation on Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood in its latest episode. The NBC comedy show made three ads in response to whether the original commercial was a political nod to President Barack Obama or not. “I…

Santorum suggests Romney ‘rigged’ CPAC straw poll

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday dismissed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s win in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll by insinuating the vote had been rigged. On the third an final day of the conference, CPAC announced Romney had beaten Santorum, 38 percent to 31 percent.…

China vows to pursue balanced trade with U.S.

SHANGHAI — A top Chinese official on Sunday vowed Beijing would pursue more balanced trade with the United States, as the country’s Vice President Xi Jinping prepares for an official US visit. Xi, the country’s leader-in-waiting, is likely to face a barrage of complaints over China’s allegedly discriminatory trade policies…

Koch Industries: Obama trying to silence private citizens

Koch Industries has accused President Barack Obama’s allies of trying to silence its wealthy executives, David and Charles Koch, following remarks made by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “We will exercise our First Amendment rights and not be intimidated or silenced by the President’s aides and his allies who criticize private…

Priest allegedly told rape victim: ‘This is what God’s love feels like’

A Los Angeles attorney is accusing 200 Catholic priests of sexual abuse across California. According to NBC affiliate in Los Angeles, attorney Ray Boucher has mapped out at least sixty locations of where suspected priests reside in California. “Many if not all these priests have admitted to sexual abuse,” Boucher…

Ryan calls contraception coverage an ‘accounting gimmick’

House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that the Obama’s administration move to accommodate the Catholic Church’s concerns about covering contraception for women was just an “accounting trick.” The White House said last week that it would change proposed rules requiring religious hospitals and universities to cover birth…

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