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White House grants veterans’ benefits to same-sex couples

The Justice Department said on Wednesday it would no longer enforce the federal ban on veterans’ benefits for members of same-sex couples, the Huffington Post reported. Attorney General Eric Holder explained in a letter to lawmakers that his department had opted not to enforce Title 38, as the rule is…

Beck ‘historian’ David Barton: Illiteracy rates higher because students lack ‘fear of the Lord’

A so-called “historian,” who conservative radio host Glenn Beck has hired to teach at his online university, recently argued that scientists needed a “fear of the Lord” to do their job, and students’ test scores would increase if schools had “a daily Bible reading.” During Tuesday’s Education a Higher Calling…

Kentucky agriculture commissioner: State to grow hemp and we’ll see what Justice Department does

Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer said Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last week of changes in the Justice Department’s marijuana policy could mean that the state can move ahead with industrial hemp farming. Louisville’s WDRB reported that Comer intends to forge ahead with industrial hemp in hopes that federal…

Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves resolution authorizing military response to Syria

President Barack Obama’s plan to conduct punishing military strikes on Syria passed its first congressional hurdle Wednesday, paving the way for full Senate debate on the use of force. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amended resolution 10-7, with one senator voting present, that authorizes US military intervention with…

Florida man cites ‘Bush doctrine’ after pre-emptive killing of neighbors at Labor Day cookout

Lawyers for a Florida man this week cited President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq and the “Bush Doctrine” as a defense after their client killed two neighbors and attempted to kill a third on Labor Day. Florida Today reported on Wednesday that attorney’s for William T. Woodward had…

Mexico leader to discuss alleged U.S. spying with Obama

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday he would voice concerns about alleged US spying on his emails to US counterpart Barack Obama, warning it would be illegal if proven true. The two leader will come face to face at the Group of 20 meeting in Russia on Thursday, four…

New documentary profiles the topless feminist activists known as Femen

A new documentary about the Femen topless activists shown in Venice on Wednesday reveals a little-known detail — their feminist group was founded by a man. The film explores the internal divisions within the Ukrainian group over the guru-like and secretive figure of Victor Svyatski, who is no longer a…

Anthony Weiner to Jewish voters: ‘You know who judges me? Not you.’

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner chose, of all days, Erev Rosh Hashanah — the evening before the first of the Jewish High Holy Days — to engage in a shouting match with an Orthodox Jewish man in a Brooklyn market. According to Jacob Kornbluh, who filmed the…

Tulsa school sends girl home because ‘dreadlocks’ and ‘afros’ are too distracting

A father in Oklahoma said this week that he was forced to pull his daughter out of classes after the charter school she was attending sent her home for having the wrong hairstyle. Terrance Parker told KOKI that he is a barber and he always made sure that his 7-year-old…

Nuclear disaster: Radiation levels at Fukushima would now be fatal within hours

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours, Japanese authorities have revealed, as the government prepares to step in to help contain leaks of highly toxic water at the site. On Wednesday the country’s nuclear regulation authority said radiation…

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