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Maine Gov. LePage: IRS ‘the new Gestapo’ because of Obamacare

Maine’s Republican governor, Paul LePage, compared the Internal Revenue Service to Nazi Germany’s secret police force during a weekly radio address on Saturday. The governor was criticizing President Obama’s health care reform law, which requires most individuals in the United States to obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty.…

Allen West on ‘true racism’: White liberals want to be my ‘master’

Tea party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on Saturday doubled down his suggestion that Democrats were racists by insisting that the “true racism” was that white liberals wanted to be the “masters” of black conservatives. West created a controversy last week when he said that President Barack Obama had proposed…

RNC chairman: Obama will ‘put an end to our way of life’

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama would destroy “our way of life in America,” and “Mitt Romney has to win for liberty and freedom.” During an interview on Fox News, host John Roberts asked Priebus if Romney could win by attacking Obama on…

Relief in sight as killer heat scorches U.S.

WASHINGTON — A scorching heatwave searing the United States was expected to begin to ease slightly Sunday, but authorities warned that temperatures will still remain high and dangerous through most of the weekend. The heatwave was responsible for at least 36 weather-related deaths in various parts of the country, The…

California high-speed rail gets green light

The US state of California has approved the first phase of construction of a much anticipated yet controversial high-speed rail project linking Los Angeles and San Francisco, officials said. Following years of contentious debate, state senators voted 21-16 Friday to allocate about $8 billion for the initial stretch of tracks…

U.S. electric car market full of spark

The US market for all-electric cars is charging up, with plug-in vehicles rolling off US dealer lots despite much higher costs, battery fire scares and falling gasoline prices. Plug-in cars racked up strong sales in the first six months of the year, automakers said, even with their tall sticker prices…

Colorado lawmaker: maybe we should consider banning new mosques

A Colorado state Senator is raising some eyebrows for praising a Dutch lawmaker’s anti-Islam crusade, saying in an interview that the lawmaker’s proposal to ban the construction of new mosques was worth considering in the United States. According to the Colorado Statesman, Senator Kevin Grantham attended the Western Conservative Summit in…

Rep. Barney Frank weds longtime partner in same-sex marriage

Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) married his partner Saturday in his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts, making him the first sitting congressman to be in a same-sex marriage. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony between the 72 year-old Frank and his partner, James Ready, according to a statement from the congressman’s…

NY appeals court throws out challenge to same-sex marriage law

A New York appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought against the state’s year-old marriage equality law, ruling that the state legislature did not violate open meetings rules while working toward a deal on the measure. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in Rochester unanimously ruled 5-0 against…

Students form human wall to protect soldier’s funeral from Westboro Baptist protesters

Students and alumni of Texas A&M University formed what they called a “maroon wall” of volunteers around Central Baptist Church in College Park, Texas on Thursday, shielding the funeral of Army Lieutenant Colonel Roy Lin Tisdale from a group of protesters from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. College…

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