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House Judiciary Committee stalls on D.C. 20-week abortion ban

The House Judiciary Committee originally planned a Tuesday vote on its bill that seeks to ban abortion in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks. But the committee never took up the bill — sponsored by a powerful subcommittee chairman — during the session, and told Raw Story that it…

Episcopal bishops affirm same sex marriage, transgender rights

The governing bodies of the U.S. Episcopal Church have approved a rite for the blessing of same sex marriages and extended the church’s nondiscrimination policy to include transgender people, making it the first major U.S. religion to do so. According to Reuters, the Episcopalian Chamber of Bishops met at the…

Romney town hall crowd applauds death penalty

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday asserted that the death penalty prevented “the most heinous crimes.” During a town hall event in Grand Junction, Colorado, a man who identified himself a “the local D.A.” asked Romney to respond to a recent Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory life…

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic struggles to stay open amid protests

In the searing mid-morning Mississippi heat, a middle-aged woman in dark sunglasses hovered outside the state’s sole remaining abortion clinic, with sheafs of leaflets awaiting its clients. They contained graphic images of bloody and mangled foetuses and telephone numbers of alternative pro-life facilities. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in the state…

Survey: 24 percent of financial executives say illegal conduct is necessary for success

A quarter of Wall Street and British financial executives think unethical or illegal conduct is needed to succeed, according to a survey by law firm Labaton Sucharow released Tuesday. A full 24 percent of senior managers polled by the New York-based firm said they “may need to engage in unethical…

NYPD drastically oversold its counterterrorism record

By Justin Elliott ProPublica The NYPD is regularly held up as one of the most sophisticated and significant counterterrorism operations in the country. As evidence of the NYPD’s excellence, the department, its allies and the media have repeatedly said the department has thwarted or helped thwart 14 terrorist plots against…

Former GOP Rep.: Republicans should stop climate change ‘denial’

A former Republican congressman from South Carolina is calling on conservatives to take measures to combat climate change instead of “retreating in denial.” George Mason University announced on Tuesday that former Rep. Bob Inglis would be leading a nationwide public engagement campaign on behalf of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative’s…

Chris Christie says drug reform a ‘pro-life’ issue

Despite having vetoed a popular bill to refocus police priorities away from nonviolent drug offenders, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seems to have recognized that being against the drug war is a popular thing these days — and he’s even trying to make that new politick into a pet cause…

Obama adviser: Wealthy people want to ‘purchase the White House for Mr. Romney’

White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Tuesday explained that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had raised massive amounts of money in June because rich people were “trying to purchase the White House.” During an interview on ABC, host George Stephanopoulos asked Plouffe if President Barack Obama was on…

Maine gov. on ‘Gestapo’ Obamacare: ‘Be goddamn mad at the federal government’

Maine’s Republican governor says that anyone who is upset because he said that President Barack Obama’s health care reforms would turn the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into Nazi secret police should “be goddamn mad at the federal government.” During a weekly radio address on Saturday, Gov. Paul LePage complained that…

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