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Maddow show guest: DOMA case ‘ingeniously crafted’ as states’ rights issue

On The Rachel Maddow show on Dec. 7, guest host Ezra Klein tracked the law on interracial marriage to draw comparisons to the current debate on same-sex marriage and how the Supreme Court may rule, now that it has decided to take two separate cases that deal with the issue.…

Californians react to Supreme Court decision to rule on Prop 8

Californians are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on Proposition 8, a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages after the state granted same-sex couples that right, reported CBS Sacramento. Many same-sex couples were disappointed, the station said, as they were hoping the court would decline to take the…

Notorious B.I.G.’s autopsy report released after 15 years

The autopsy report into the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. was released on Friday, 15 years after he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains controversially unsolved. The 24-year-old — killed months after the death of rival rapper Tupac Shakur — was hit by four bullets,…

Obama’s inauguration committee to accept corporate cash

President Obama’s inauguration in January will be funded in part by corporate cash, a reversal from 2008 when he declined corporate donations and capped individual donations to $50,000, reported the Washington Post. Donations from both corporate donors and individuals to the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee will not have an upper…

Floridians asked to help state hunt invasive pythons for cash

Floridians keen to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades will have their mettle tested next month as the wildlife service seeks help in eradicating the giant Burmese python. The public has been asked to join in a month-long hunt for the invasive species, which, lacking natural predators, snacks on…

Drug legalization ‘worst thing that could happen’ to organized crime, say advocates

In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the BBC interviewed two advocates of further reforms, both in the U.S. and world-wide. The BBC sat down with Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the N.Y.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance, and Richard Branson, chair of Virgin Group. His son produced…

BP claims new supercomputer will improve safety

BP is to spend $100m (£62m) over the next five years in an attempt to find more oil using what it claims is the world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research, with a memory equivalent to nearly 150,000 iPods. A new “high-performance computing centre”, which will boast 536 terabytes of memory,…

‘War on Christmas’ forces Christians ‘into the closet,’ say radio hosts

On the conservative Liberty Counsel radio show Faith and Freedom, hosts Mat Staver and Matt Barber discuss the fact that an elementary school in Jackson County, Fla., removed a nativity scene while allowing Santa Clause and Frosty the Snowman to remain. “What an irony at this time of year, where…

Projected birth increases leads Texas to revisit family planning funds

The Texas state legislature made substantial cuts to family planning funds in 2011, which is estimated to result in almost 24,000 more children born to low-income women in 2014-15 and cost taxpayers $273 million, reported the Texas Tribune. Now, those numbers are leading some lawmakers to shift their position, although…

Veterans with brain injuries to get easier health care access

New proposed rules from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs would make it easier for veterans to access health care for brain injuries, a working hazard for those in the military, reported the New York Times. The regulations would “speed up and simplify” the process of receiving benefits and coverage for…

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