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House GOPers push back on insurance coverage for birth control

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptive services free of charge. But on Wednesday, a House subcommittee opened a hearing into the new guidelines, with Republicans arguing that that mandate does not offer a broad enough opt-out rule for religious groups and…

Dan Savage glitterbombed for being transphobic

One of the gay community’s most high-profile activists has reportedly been glitterbombed for being transphobic. “The Dan Savage Welcoming Committee” said that they showered the sex columnist with glitter during the taping of his MTV show Savage U at the University of Oregon Tuesday. “During this session, the operative leapt…

Ohio Dem backs call to ‘occupy foreclosures’

A vote by “Occupy Oakland” earlier this week called on homeless Americans to begin occupying foreclosed and abandoned structures as squatters — and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) couldn’t be happier. “Thank you, Occupy Oakland,” she told Raw Story this week. “Thank you for caring about families who have been victimized…

Fed holds off on new measures to boost economy

In a highly anticipated decision, the Federal Reserve announced Tuesday, after a two-day meeting, that it would not take any immediate steps to boost the economy. In a statement, the Fed said that the economy had “strengthened somewhat” in the third quarter of the year, and that it foresees “moderate”…

Georgia militia group planned ricin attack to ‘save the Constitution’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says that four members of a fringe militia used a book written by Fox News “expert” Mike Vanderboegh as a basis for a plot to commit domestic terrorism. Federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday arrested four Georgia senior citizens for allegedly plotting to kill…

Private sector job growth beats expectations in October

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added more jobs than expected last month, while planned layoffs dropped sharply, underscoring the view the economy is on a path of slow growth. The ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday the economy’s private sector added 110,000 jobs in October, topping economists’ expectations for a…

One Cain accuser looks to break silence as another was paid off

Two major newspapers have released stories on the women accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment that could be further damaging to the GOP presidential candidate. According to The New York Times, one of the two women received a full years’ severance fee of $35,000 from the National Restaurant Association after…

Protest organizer on NYPD infiltrators: ‘We’ll take them’

One Occupy Wall Street activist told Current TV on Tuesday that he isn’t worried that New York City police may be trying to sabotage the movement by sending drunk and homeless people to Zuccotti Park. The New York Daily News’ Harry Siegel wrote Sunday that at least two drunks told…

Chicago aldermen back marijuana decriminalization proposal

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of Chicago aldermen plan to introduce an ordinance at a Wednesday city council meeting that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana. Supporters say the measure would help raise revenue for the city, save money and free up police to pursue more serious crimes. Cook…

Wall Street fears U.S. debt crisis as Europe reels

Even as Europe’s debt crisis spirals out of control, Wall Street is casting an eye on a fast-approaching congressional deadline that could spark a debt crisis this side of the Atlantic. US investors — for weeks preoccupied with the tumult raging in Greece and the broader eurozone — are starting…

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