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Obama Administration threatens to veto defense budget

The Obama Administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 over provisions related to Guantanamo Bay and same sex marriage. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $642 billion defense budget last week by a 56-5 vote. The budget is $8 billion over the military…

Virginia Democrats blast ‘bigoted’ Republican delegates

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday morning blocked openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland from appointment as a District Court judge, according to the Associated Press. Thorne-Begland received 33 yes votes and 31 no votes. All of the no votes came from Republican delegates. Ten delegates abstained…

House Speaker Boehner gears up for end-of-the-year budget fight

House Speaker John Boehner fired the opening shot Tuesday in a new potential fight with Democrats over the US debt ceiling, which is scheduled for an increase at the end of this year. But Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Boehner against setting up a debt limit showdown, saying the potential…

Four NATO protesters arrested in Chicago

Four NATO protesters were arrested Tuesday at a rally outside a Chicago immigration court ahead of a weekend summit that will bring dozens of world leaders to the Windy City, police said. Television crews captured protesters confronting police on bicycles positioned outside the building and chanting “this is what democracy…

LGBT rights group headquarters targeted with bomb threat

LGBT rights group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) evacuated its offices in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon after the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received an unspecified bomb threat against a “national gay rights organization,” according to reporting from Metro Weekly. Other LGBT rights organizations, including nearby National Gay and Lesbian…

‘D-U-High’ bill fails in Colorado state Senate

The Colorado state Senate rejected a bill Tuesday that would have created a blood alcohol limit for marijuana use for drivers. The so-called “D-U-High” bill, which would have banned drivers with more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, failed to break a tie of 17-17 in the…

General Motors plans to pull Facebook ads due to lack of impact

General Motors plans to stop advertising on Facebook because it determined paid ads had little impact on consumers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The news comes at a bad time for Facebook, which is expected to launch an initial public stock offering Friday…

New Hampshire legislator apologizes for taunting Speaker with “Sieg Heil”

A New Hampshire state representative sent the statehouse into chaos on Tuesday when he responded to what he regarded as an autocratic procedural maneuver on the part of the Speaker of the House by yelling out the Nazi salute, “Sieg Heil!” Now he has apologized “for using two German words,…

Gay Indiana teen expelled for stun gun gets attacked at mall

Weeks ago, openly gay 17-year-old Darnell “Dynasty” Young was expelled from Indiana’s Arsenal Technical High School for sparking a stun gun this mother had given him for self defense on school grounds. Last weekend, Young was attacked outside of school — this time, by a 34-year-old stranger, according to the…

Romney suggests Obama has ‘beef’ with Bill Clinton

Speaking in Iowa on Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that President Barack Obama has “beef” with former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which may have led him to abandon “the Clinton doctrine” of balancing budgets to counter-balance spending. “President Obama tucked away the…

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