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Former MN GOP leader’s male lover sues for sex discrimination

In December of last year, Minnesota state Senator Amy Koch resigned from her position as Senate Majority Leader after it came to light that the married mother of one had been having an affair with a then-unnamed male staffer. Now Koch’s paramour, Michael Brodkorb, is coming forward and suing the…

NC state senate candidate deleted racist video when called for comment

North Carolina state senate candidate Bivins Hollar is not an unreasonable guy. He just wanted to be able to run for office and have a (now-deleted) video up on YouTube outlining his plans for ethnic cleansing in South Africa. Why is that such a big deal? Hollar, 28, is running…

Lobbyist group lobbies White House for guidance on lobbying loophole

According to the American Lobbyist League, some regulations enacted by the Obama administration to create government transparency have actually had the opposite of their intended effect. Now the organization, a Washington-based trade group, is asking president for guidance in creating a more open system, reports this post at BLT: The…

Santorum to Puerto Rico: If you want to be a state, speak English

Rick Santorum has traveled to Puerto Rico ahead of the island territory’s Republican primary elections on Sunday and made its citizens what may prove to be a controversial offer, according to the New York Daily News. In an interview with the San Juan newspaper El Vocero, the 2012 presidential hopeful…

Jon Stewart: Why won’t Gingrich quit?

The dominant media narrative going into Tuesday’s Republican primary voting in Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii and American Samoa was that Newt Gingrich must carry the south or leave the race. On Wednesday night’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart took a moment to survey the aftermath and to ponder what will…

Jury finds VA Tech negligent in shooting deaths

A jury in Christiansberg, Virginia has ruled that officials at Virginia Tech were negligent on April 16, 2007, the day of the infamous shooting rampage that left 32 people dead and 25 injured, according to a report from ABC affiliate station WJLA. The jury of seven was given the case…

House-cat surrogate mom gives birth to endangered kitten

At the Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species in Algiers, Louisiana, a rare African black-footed kitten named Crystal was born on February 6, 2012. She was born as part of a program in which regular domestic cats act as surrogate mothers to rare and endangered offspring. According to…

Land owners kept in dark about fracking violations on their property

A group of Pennsylvania farmers and land owners who receive royalties from hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) natural gas wells on their property are not being informed about violations and safety issues on their land, said this report from CNN Money. Reporter Poppy Harlow traveled to rural Hughesville, Pennsylvania to meet…

Three signs the Gingrich campaign may be the walking dead

Facing losses in the primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, Newt Gingrich gave a speech on Tuesday night in Birmingham, Alabama, in which he vowed to fight on. Saying that he intends to run “a people’s campaign,” the former Speaker of the House declared himself the “visionary leader” that the times…

Catholic League’s Donohue vows to fight rape victims ‘one by one’

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, believes that the Catholic church has gone too easy on the survivors of sex abuse by clergy, and has vowed to fight them “one by one,” says a post at the blog Right Wing Watch. In an interview with Laurie Goodstein of the…

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