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CNN host clarifies ‘lifestyle’ comment: ‘Being gay is not a choice’

CNN host Ashleigh Banfield on Friday awkwardly explained that she had misspoken when she said that “homosexuality is a lifestyle choice.” During a Thursday segment about Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp, who believes that LGBT people should be executed by the government, Banfield attempted to address his comparison between homosexuality and…

Bill Clinton: Romney had a ‘sterling business career’

Former President Bill Clinton has become the latest high-profile Democrat to undermine the Obama campaign’s message that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be bad for the economy because he had a record of killing jobs as the CEO of Bain Capital. “I don’t think that we ought to…

High school atheist scores graduation ceremony victory

A Texas high school will not be including a convocation prayer in its graduation ceremony this year, breaking with a 100-year tradition as old as the school itself. Mark Reyes, the valedictorian at Poteet High School in Poteet, Texas, has asked that the school observe the separation of church and…

Barrett to Walker: ‘You should be ashamed’ of ‘dead baby’ commercial

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett (D) on Thursday blasted current Gov. Scott Walker (R) for using “Willie Horton” style tactics by running a commercial that includes pictures of a dead toddler. “He’s running a commercial right now that shows a dead baby,” Barrett charged during the final debate before voters…

U.S. adds just 69,000 jobs in May, unemployment rises to 8.2 percent

The US economy added a scant 69,000 jobs in May, the lowest number in a year, and the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, the government said Friday. The dismal report signaled that the much hoped-for recovery in the job market has stalled and fueled speculation that it may prompt…

Democrats deploy Bill Clinton in recall fight against Scott Walker

Bill Clinton will travel to Wisconsin on Friday to campaign in the state’s recall election amid accusations from local activists that the Obama administration has failed to get behind their bid to oust Republican governor Scott Walker. The Democratic National Committee announced the former president’s trip on Thursday in the hope that a…

Teen Stephens keeps US tennis hopes alive

Teenager Sloane Stephens kept the Stars and Stripes flying at the French Open on Friday with a 6-3, 6-2 third round win over Mathilde Johansson of France. The Florida youngster was one of just three Americans to make it into the third round along with Christina McHale and Uzbekistan-born Varvara…

Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee with ‘guetapens’

San Diego teenager beat eight finalists to triumph in the National Spelling Bee after studying up to six hours a day Snigdha Nandipati has won the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word guetapens. A French-derived word meaning ambush, snare or trap, guetapens were much in evidence…

California split on marijuana legalization, most support medical use: poll

A new poll in the heart of the nationwide pro-marijuana movement finds that attitudes have not changed appreciably since California voters defeated a citizen’s initiative to legalize pot in 2010. The University of Southern……

Is John Edwards verdict the last straw for campaign finance?

John Edwards may have committed many sins, as his defense attorney noted, but a North Carolina jury on Thursday did not convict him of any crimes. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on the key charge in the federal campaign corruption……

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