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Former surgeon general ‘could vomit’ from all the ‘vaginal politics’

During an interview on Monday, the first African-American U.S. surgeon general defended the reproductive health center Planned Parenthood and federal Title X funds, both of which have recently come under attack from social conservatives. “Reproductive rights are just an extension of every other kind of justice and right there is,”…

Republican strategist Karl Rove: Donald Trump ‘is a joke candidate’

Republican political strategist Karl Rove has dismissed Donald Trump as a potential Republican presidential candidate. Rove, a former adviser to George W. Bush, said that the billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star could have been an interesting candidate because of his business experience, but had become “inconsequential” after…

Tax havens ‘at the heart of the global economy’

British journalist Nicholas Shaxson sat down with DemocracyNow to explain the proliferation of tax havens and offshore banks in the era of globalization. He is the author of the new book Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens. “And when countries like the United Kingdom, but…

Sen. Rand Paul: GOP needs to compromise on military spending

Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R), the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said Sunday that conservatives in Congress need to compromise with Democrats on the federal budget. “The compromise is not to raise taxes, the compromise is for conservatives to admit that the military budget’s going to have to be…

Nebraska bishop: No communion for Planned Parenthood supporters

Support for the reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood continues to be a contentious issue for Catholic groups and bishops. According to Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, Catholic lawmakers who support Planned Parenthood should be denied Communion “because they’ve defected from the Church’s faith.” “It advocates contraception,” Bruskewitz told…

Texas Rep. Ron Paul wins another presidential straw poll

Republican Congressman Ron Paul won the latest straw poll to gauge popularity ahead of the 2012 presidential race in a key South Carolina county. The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman won the Lexington county Republican Party presidential straw poll on Saturday, with 16 percent of the 139 ballots cast. Former Massachusetts governor…

Delaware approves civil unions for same sex couples

Delaware lawmakers approved a civil unions bill that will provide same sex couples all of the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as married persons under Delaware law. The bill now heads to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to be signed into law after the House voted 26-15 in favor of…

Obama: ‘Birther’ claims will hurt Republicans in 2012

President Barack Obama dismissed conspiracy theorists, known as “birthers,” who have recently been brought back into the media spotlight by billionaire real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump. During an interview with ABC News Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, Obama suggested the majority of Americans would not…

Maine attorney general: Labor mural removal is ‘government speech’

Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s was exercising his right to “government speech” when he ordered a mural removed from the Maine Labor Department headquarters, state Attorney General William Schneider said Monday. LePage ordered a 36-foot mural depicting the history of labor movements in Maine to be removed from the state’s Department…

Rick Santorum borrows slogan from poem by gay rights advocate

A former Republican senator who warned that acceptance of homosexuality could lead to “man on child, man on dog” relations borrowed his presidential campaign slogan from a pro-union poem written by a gay rights advocate. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced Thursday that he would be setting up a fundraising…

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