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Five reasons Democrats will miss Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann’s departure from the US congress is great news for my little corner of the world. Her retirement is another step in the right (or, technically, left) direction for Minnesota’s progressives, who are on something of a roll lately with the defeat of a voter ID law and the…

Ecuador’s top diplomat to visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he would travel to London to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, living at Ecuador’s embassy for nearly a year to avoid extradition. Patino told the ECTV public television channel Wednesday that he would deliver asylum documents to Assange during the visit, his first…

Fox contributor: Liberals who reject that men should dominate women are anti-science

Fox Business personalities had a collective freak out on Wednesday night after learning that mothers were now the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs asserted women earning more than their husbands was an indication of the dissolution of American society. Fox…

Apple to ease dependence on Foxconn: report

Apple is easing its dependence on contract electronics colossus Foxconn by enlisting Pegatron to assemble a low-cost iPhone it is planning, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Taiwan-based Foxconn had the enviable position of cranking out nearly all of the California company’s iPhones and iPad tablet computers but Apple chief…

U.S. soldier to confess to Afghan civilian massacre to avoid death penalty

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers last year will plead guilty in exchange for escaping the death penalty, his lawyer said. Sergeant Robert Bales is due to face a court-martial in September on charges including 16 counts of murder, six of attempted murder and seven of assault…

Florida courthouse to see country’s first atheist monument

Next month, the Bradford County Courthouse in Florida will become home to the first atheist monument on government property. Though public buildings like courthouses have long been home to Ten Commandments monuments, other faiths and non-faith have not received similar representation. The group American Atheists plans to change that on…

Ricin-laced letters sent to Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group

Letters suspected of being laced with the deadly poison ricin were sent last week to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to an official with the gun law lobby that he supports, police said Wednesday. The letters were opened in New York on Friday and by the director of the…

Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with press over leak investigations

Attorney General Eric Holder will meet with US news organizations after an uproar caused by the Justice Department secretly obtaining phone records of reporters while investigating news leaks. Guidelines for investigations involving journalists are to be discussed, Holder’s office said Wednesday. Holder “will hold meetings with several Washington bureau chiefs…

Christian radio host upset by female breadwinners: Women not designed to be providers

The Bible makes it clear that men were designed to go out and work while women stay home, according to conservative Christian radio host Bryan Fischer. Reacting to news that mothers were now the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households, Fischer claimed Wednesday that men were…

Louisiana lawmakers kill repeal of unconstitutional creationism law

The Louisiana House Education Committee killed a measure to repeal a 1981 creationism law on Wednesday, even though the Supreme Court had ruled it was unconstitutional. “There’s no good reason to keep an unconstitutional law on the books,” Josh Rosenau, programs and policy director at the National Center for Science…

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