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Republican National Committee votes unanimously against marriage equality

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unanimously adopted resolutions against marriage equality on Friday, despite rising support for the idea among voters nationwide. The Washington Post reported that the resolutions, which were approved without debate, include one supporting marriage “as the union of one man and one woman, and as the…

Florida bill designed to fight gambling scandal could cost state thousands of jobs

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill into law on Wednesday imposing new restriction on online gambling parlors in the state that could leave thousands unemployed, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The measure, House Bill 155, was passed by the state Senate on April 4 by a 36-4 vote, following…

Rand Paul to black student: Bringing up GOP voter suppression ‘demeans’ Civil Rights movement

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accused a black Howard University student of demeaning the civil rights movement by bringing up recent GOP efforts to limit voting accessibility. “The Republican Party has been using their state legislators and their governments to prevent African-Americans from voting, because they didn’t want to re-elect President…

South Carolina woman caught trying to steal research ship in California

Police in San Diego, California caught a missing South Carolina woman on Tuesday after she tried to steal a 120-foot research ship while its occupants were still on board. According to KNSD-TV, security at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography called authorities after spotting the woman untying the boat’s dock lines…

Report: Bipartisan deal reached on expanded gun background checks

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have reached a deal allowing for background checks on gun sales online and at gun shows, NBC News reported Wednesday morning. The agreement, reportedly reached late Tuesday night, would also include exemptions for gun sales between family members, and will be announced…

Arizona Republicans pushing bill making gold and silver legal tender

The Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday allowing residents to use gold and silver legal tender beginning in 2014. The Associated Press reported on Monday that, according to Senate Bill 1439 (PDF), people would be allowed to use minted tender at businesses that agreed to take them,…

15 injured in second Texas community college attack this year

At least 15 people were injured in a mass stabbing attack at a Houston community college before the suspect was allegedly caught by a student, CNN reported on Tuesday. Authorities said one person was in critical condition following the attack at the Cy-Fair campus for Lone Star College, the second…

Young immigrants blame high fees as deportation deferral applications drop dramatically

Interest in the two-year deferred-deportation program has flagged heavily in recent months, with some immigrants pointing to high application fees as an obstacle to taking part. Univision News reported on Monday that applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative have decreased steadily (PDF) since October 2012, when…

Report: Anti-government couple spotted in Socialist Cuba with children

Onetime anti-government activist Joshua Hakken, who allegedly kidnapped his two children from their grandmother’s home in Florida, has reportedly been spotted in Cuba with his wife on the boat authorities said they used to make their escape. CNN reported on Tuesday that a man at a marina in Havana identified…

Coulter: Thatcher wanted to teach Sarah Palin ‘proper English’

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to act as a mentor for then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), conservative pundit Ann Coulter swore in a radio interview on Monday. According to The Daily Mail, Coulter told host and fellow Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera that Thatcher broached the subject when…

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