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Michigan man charged with threatening Democratic lawmakers

A man in Michigan faces up to five years in prison for threatening three Democratic members of Congress over the phone, according to The Detroit News. Randall Dellinger of Flint allegedly threatened to kill Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, and Rep. Dale Kildee. He was charged in federal…

House finds Holder in criminal contempt

In an unprecedented censure vote, the US House of Representatives found Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt Thursday, paving the way for legal action over the blocking of a probe into a botched gun-running operation. Several furious Democrats stormed out of the chamber at the start of the vote…

Inside the complex health care case

WASHINGTON — In deciding to uphold the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, the US Supreme Court had to decide on four issues: 1. Is the individual mandate a “tax” or a “penalty”? At the heart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare” by critics,…

U.S. exempts China, Singapore from Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday exempted China and Singapore from sanctions over purchases of oil from Iran hours before a deadline, saying that major economies were united in pressuring Tehran. The United States, however, did not grant exemptions to smaller-scale importers such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, meaning that…

Obama thrown by false reports on health decision

WASHINGTON — For a few puzzling moments Thursday, US President Barack Obama believed inaccurate media reports that his proudest political achievement — health care reform — had been shot down. Obama was standing in the outer Oval Office watching a split screen of four cable news channels when reports flashed…

‘Holiday’ for sick U.S. child after healthcare ruling

WASHINGTON — When three-year-old Violet, who suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy, saw her parents cheering in front of the TV news on healthcare reform Thursday, she joined in and cried, “Happy holidays!” Her mother, Julie Walters, laughed and said yes, it was indeed a holiday, for…

Top 6 hyperbolic responses to the health care ruling

Not surprisingly, conservatives were upset on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law was constitutional in a 5-4 decision. Republicans reacted to the ruling by vowing — once again — to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act. Some said…

Anti-LGBT leader: Homosexuality means ‘you can’t stop’ until ‘sex with animals’ is allowed

The director of issues of the anti-LGBT rights group American Family Association (AFA) is warning that allowing homosexuality would mean that “you can’t stop” until “sex with animals” was also accepted. On his Wednesday radio program, Bryan Fischer dug up an a 3-year-old report about a Florida man who claimed…

House bill aims to extend benefits to same sex military couples

On Thursday, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), top ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, proposed legislation that would extend benefits to same sex partners of military service members. According to the blog Queerty.com, HB 6406, the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act (.pdf) would enable same sex spouses and partners…

Indiana Republican apologizes for comparing health reform to 9/11 attacks

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R) has apologized for comparing Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on health care reform to the tragic, bloody attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to Politico. Pence, who’s currently seeking Indiana’s governorship, made the statement during a closed-door meeting of the House Republicans, according to sources who…

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