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Uganda bill punishes homosexuality with life in prison

A Ugandan member of parliament has reintroduced a bill that increases criminal penalties for some homosexual acts, but dropped a provision that allows homosexuals to be executed by the state. Parliamentarian David Bahati on Tuesday reintroduced the so-called “kill the gays” bill that he had first introduced in 2009. It…

Ex-Komen exec calls defunding Planned Parenthood ‘neutral ground’

A former executive for Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity says that the decision to defund Planned Parenthood was an attempt to “move to neutral ground.” After resigning from the charity Tuesday, Karen Handel admitted to Fox News host Megyn Kelly that she was “clearly involved in…

Michael Steele to Dan Choi: LGBT rights aren’t like black rights

Former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday said he didn’t “appreciate” the comparison between laws banning interracial marriage to laws that prevent same sex couples from marrying. While the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was the in process of finding California’s same sex marriage ban unconstitutional,…

Axelrod suggests White House could back down on birth control

A top adviser to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign suggested on Tuesday that the administration was open to working with Catholic hospitals and universities over their objections to providing birth control services to women. “I’m less concerned about the messaging of this than to find a resolution that makes sense,”…

Chris Hayes: Why Republicans hate Clint Eastwood’s commercial

Dirty Harry has turned against the GOP. That’s basically the message in last night’s episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, during which guest host Chris Hayes examined the popular Chrysler Super Bowl ad featuring Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood. His conclusion: Eastwood’s sideways endorsement of the auto bailouts punches conservatives where…

Romney: Komen ‘wrong’ to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that it’s “wrong” for organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings for poor women. During an interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen on Monday, Romney said he disagreed with the Komen Foundation reversing their earlier…

Tammy Duckworth: Rep. Walsh just ‘a megaphone for the tea party’

Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth said Monday that the residents of Illinois’ 8th congressional district had “buyers remorse” because they didn’t realize Republican Rep. Joe Walsh was going to be a “cheerleader for the tea party.” “They thought they were voting for someone who would go and represent them, which is…

Scott Rasmussen: Obama very likely to be reelected if trends continue

Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports predicted on Monday that President Barack Obama would win the 2012 election if the economy continued to improve. The latest Rasmussen poll showed Obama with a 7 point lead over the Republican frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “The trends are moving in President Obama’s…

Gingrich calls Egyptian trial ‘the Obama hostage crisis’

At a campaign event in Golden, Colorado on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich likened the planned trial of 19 Americans in Egypt to the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, calling it “the Obama hostage crisis.” “This reminds me exactly of Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostages. You now have…

Rove: I’m ‘offended’ by Eastwood’s inspiring Super Bowl commercial

Republican strategist Karl Rove says the he was personally “offended” by an inspiring Chrysler advertisement starring Clint Eastwood that aired during halftime of Super Bowl XLVI. In the ad, Eastwood talks about how the the auto companies in Detroit — and Americans in general — are rebounding after the 2008…

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