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Senate hears first-ever testimony from openly trans person in ENDA hearing

Speaking to lawmakers on Tuesday, Kylar Broadus, an attorney, professor and activist, become the first-ever openly trans person to give testimony to the Senate. Broadus (pictured, left), founder of the advocacy group Trans People of Color Coalition, shared his experience being trans in America with lawmakers sitting on the Senate…

Romney: ‘Completely absurd’ to say I want to cut teachers and firefighters

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday said the notion that he wanted to cut government jobs like teachers and firefighters was “completely absurd.” During an interview with Romney on Fox News, co-host Brian Kilmeade noted that the Obama campaign had been hammering the GOP hopeful for saying that…

Romney blocked anti-bullying guide over terms ‘transgender’ and ‘bisexual’

While he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney’s administration blocked the publication of a guide on preventing bullying in public schools because it included the words “transgender” and “bisexual,” according to a new report. Emails obtained by The Boston Globe showed that a Romney official in the Massachusetts Department of…

Political donations via text wins FEC approval

If big corporate money changed America’s political atmosphere for the worse, grassroots social media money may on the brink of changing it for the better. In a unanimous vote on Monday night, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) agreed that political donations via text messages should be allowed, empowering mobile phone…

Florida man smacks wife who ‘used the Lord’s name in vain’

A Florida man was arrested last week after he admitted smacking his wife “upside the head” because she “used the Lord’s name in vain.” An arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun indicated that Manatee County sheriff’s deputies were called last Thursday by a woman who alleged that her husband,…

One dead as wildfires rage in Colorado and New Mexico

More firefighters were called up on Tuesday to help fight a raging wildfire in the western US state of Colorado, which remains out of control and has claimed one life, officials said. Up to 200 firefighters were ordered in to help reinforce the 400 already battling to contain the blaze…

U.S. Commerce Sec. to take leave after car accidents

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson has taken medical leave, after he was found unconscious following two mysterious hit-and-run car accidents, possibly caused by a seizure, the White House said. Bryson, 68, is under investigation over two incidents in Californiaon Saturday, where he was traveling privately without his security detail. Authorities say neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected.…

Brilliant Asian Americans face strongest stereotypes in professions

Asian American families churn out doctors, engineers and graduate students, but their high-achieving image hides a “bamboo ceiling” that marginalizes the fastest growing US minority, experts say. Jonathan Saw, Asia Society’s senior advisor for Asian Pacific American Research, said Monday that a new survey demonstrates an odd mixture of success and disenchantment, with…

14 million seniors receive free preventive services in 2012 thanks to health reform

More than 14 million seniors received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first five months of 2012 under the healthcare reform law’s new preventive benefits for Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that another 1.1 million seniors in 2012 took…

Violent crime in U.S. dips for fifth year running

WASHINGTON — Violent crime in the United States has declined for a fifth year in a row, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday as it released preliminary annual crime statistics for 2011. In a statement, the federal law enforcement agency said the nation saw a four percent decrease in…

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