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Protest targets Chick-fil-A food truck in same sex marriage row

WASHINGTON — Protesters targeted a Chick-fil-A food truck in downtown Washington on Thursday after the fast-food chain’s president came out candidly against same-sex marriage on religious grounds. “Ho-ho, hey-hey, Chick-fil-A is anti-gay,” chanted a young crowd of around 20 demonstrators, with no apparent impact on the steady flow of patrons…

U.S. braces for make-or-break economic data

WASHINGTON — The United States is bracing for growth figures that will set the tone for the last 100 days of the race to the White House and help decide if the Fed pulls the trigger on more economic stimulus. Early Friday in Washington, the Commerce Department will release its…

Sen. Moran rails against ‘Meatless Mondays’ at the USDA

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) on Wednesday blasted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for encouraging its employees not to eat meat on Mondays. “Never in my life would I have expected USDA to be opposed to farmers and ranchers,” Sen. Moran said. “American farmers and ranchers deserve a USDA that…

U.S. Olympic shooters say don’t link us to Colorado theater horror

LONDON — US Olympic shooting competitors hope those watching the London Games do not link their firearm sports with the shooter who killed 12 people and wounded 58 others at an American theatre last week. But the Olympic medallists said they could see how the horrific incident last week at…

Gun control advocate Bloomberg backs Sen. Scott Brown

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to host a fundraising event in August for Republican Sen. Scott Brown (MA), who is being challenged by Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren. “The biggest reason the mayor is supporting Senator Brown is the senator’s help on one of our biggest gun issues:…

Geithner: ‘We don’t know’ about U.S. banks’ role in Libor-fixing scandal

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday said he did not know whether three major US banks were involved in the manipulation of a key benchmark borrowing rate. Answering Senate Banking Committee questions about Bank of America, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase’s possible roles in the global Libor fixing scandal, Geithner…

London mayor calls out Romney in front of 100,000 at Olympic torch lighting

London Mayor Boris Johnson shamed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in front of a crowd of 100,000 people at the Olympic torch lighting on Thursday. In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Romney had offended Brits when he suggested that London wasn’t ready for the games. “It’s hard to…

Florida at the forefront of the Voter ID battle

Voting rights groups are struggling to hold back a tide of new laws that are likely to make it harder for millions of Americans to vote in the presidential election in November and could distort the outcome of the race for the White House. Since January 2011, 19 states have…

Walmart firings linked to anti-union intimidation campaign

Walmart is facing accusations that the company is engaged in a bold and illegal campaign to stamp out union activity after firing five employees in recent months who were involved in a group organizing the company’s workers. Although the company says that the terminations are unrelated to any employees’ organizing activity,…

Evangelical radio host: ‘Allah is a demon god’

The director of issues analysis of a conservative fundamentalist Christian organization On Wednesday warned that Muslims were worshipping a “demon god.” On his daily radio show, the American Family Associations’s Bryan Fischer defended Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Republicans who have suggested that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s…

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