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Connecticut abolishes the death penalty

NEW YORK — Connecticut abolished the death penalty on Wednesday, but the repeal will not affect 11 people still on death row, including two men convicted over a gruesome 2007 “home invasion” attack. The bill, signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy, makes Connecticut the fifth state in as many…

From brutality to boredom across the Mexico-U.S. border

EL PASO, Texas — For many Mexicans fleeing brutal drug violence in Ciudad Juarez, the Texan city of El Paso, just across the Rio Grande, is an oasis of calm. But some still prefer to stay on the Mexican side of the busy border crossing as they don’t want to…

New Hampshire House approves medical marijuana bill

The Republican-led New Hampshire House on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana. The House voted 236-96 to approve SB 409. The Senate passed the bill by a 13-11 vote in March. Democratic Gov. John Lynch has threatened to veto the legislation, which would allow…

Romney takes beating on immigration as Supreme Court hears Arizona challenge

As the U.S. Supreme Court finally takes up a lawsuit over Arizona’s restrictive immigration law, there are some leading immigration reform activists who are calling Mitt Romney’s stated position of supporting policies that encourage “self-deportation” nothing more than “fantasy.” Romney has previously called Arizona’s immigration policies “a model” for the country,…

Pennsylvania set to elect first openly LGBT state representative

The state of Pennsylvania is set to elect its first openly LGBT state representative this fall. According to a report at the blog Gay Politics.com, Brian Sims has won the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s heavily Democratic District 182, and is not expected to face a Republican opponent in the fall.…

Protesters rally against Wells Fargo CEO for pocketing $20 million after bailout

San Francisco Police arrested 24 protesters apart of a group attempting to shutdown a Wells Fargo shareholder meeting Tuesday afternoon, according to The Bay Citizen. The protest against the bank was inspired by several factors. Organizers rallied against Wells Fargo executives receiving $72 million and CEO John Stumpf pocketing $20…

Petition author: Drug czar’s hemp warning ‘like getting hit in the head with a hammer’

In a recent response to a White House petition, President Barack Obama’s drug czar warned of danger in the domestic production of industrial hemp, drawing a stunned reaction from the petition’s author, who told Raw Story on Wednesday that it was “like getting hit in the head with a hammer.”…

Christian think tank leader: Obama birth certificate ‘a legitimate issue’

The leader of a Christian think tank is blasting the media for not investigating President Barack Obama’s citizenship. During a Tuesday segment on American Family Association’s AFA Today radio program, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council — a hate group, according the the Southern Poverty Law Center —…

Newt Gingrich to suspend campaign Tuesday

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination next week, according to multiple reports. Senior Gingrich aides told Fox News on Wednesday that the candidate would either suspend or end his campaign on Tuesday and “more than likely” endorse presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.…

Dick Morris: Media ‘ruined’ Bush because Iraq war coverage was ‘too harsh’

Conservative Fox News contributor Dick Morris is asserting that the news media “ruined” President George W. Bush’s presidency because coverage of the Iraq war was “too harsh.” During a Wednesday morning segment with Morris, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy pointed out that Arthur Brisbane, ombudsman for The New York…

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