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Pelosi: It would be ‘really important’ to take on medical marijuana in Congress

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated her support for medical marijuana on Wednesday and indicated Democrats might be interested in taking changes to federal law after the election. “I’ve been very clear on the subject of medical marijuana over time, in committee and on the floor as leader,” Pelosi said…

Melinda Gates defies Vatican to push for access to contraception in Asia, Africa

The billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates, a practising Catholic, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican and vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to improving access to contraception across the globe. Gates, who with her husband, Bill, the founder of Microsoft, is one of the world’s biggest players…

Pastor: ‘God wants Ron Paul to be president… We must obey’

A California pastor says God has personally told him that Christians must vote for Rep. Ron Paul (R-CA) to be the next president of the United States. “God wants Ron Paul to be President,” USA Christian Ministries Pastor Steven Andrew said in a statement released on Wednesday. “Paul is the…

60 House Democrats refuse to sign federal court brief against DOMA

A group of House Democrats filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking a federal appeals court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, according to Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner. However, 60 Democrats — including 15 who had co-sponsored a bill repealing the DOMA — chose not to sign on to Tuesday’s brief to…

NAACP boos Romney for promising to kill ‘Obamacare’

Attendees at the 103rd convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) loudly booed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday after he promised to eliminate President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. “I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my…

Tea party Sen. Mike Lee complains about ‘anchor baby’ barb on HBO’s ‘Newsroom’

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, a tea party favorite, got his hackles raised this week by a fictional news anchor’s comments about “anchor babies” on last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s drama The Newsroom. In Sunday’s episode, actor Jeff Daniels’ news anchor character Will McAvoy interviews a stand-in for former Utah…

Hannity guest: ‘NAACP has become a hate group’

A Fox News guest on Tuesday asserted that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had “become a hate group in America.” Fox News host Sean Hannity asked New York Civil Rights Coalition Executive Director Michael Meyers if President Barack Obama even deserved the votes of black…

First-ever lesbian super PAC backed by Jane Lynch and Billie Jean King

A group of high-powered lesbians on Wednesday launched a first-of-its-kind super PAC to advocate for LGBT and women’s rights. During a year where North Carolina became the 39th state to ban same sex marriage and Republicans in Congress were accused of a “war on women,” LPAC hopes to raise $1…

Internet cats can haz film festival

Fans of Surprised Kitten and Keyboard Cat will get to commiserate off-line this August with their own film festival, the Los Angeles Times reports. The first Internet Cat Video Film Festival will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. Aug. 30, in what organizer Katie Czarniecki Hill said is a social experiment.…

Indiana man guilty of driving drunk with kids strapped to car hood

A man from Fort Wayne, Indiana has pleaded guilty to driving drunk while four children were strapped to the hood of his car. The manager of Belmont Beverage called police when he noticed yellow tow straps securing the children to the hood of Aaron Stefanski’s white sedan. Court documents showed…

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