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Obama hosts screening of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama hosted a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a classic tale of racial injustice, at the White House on Thursday, ahead of a 50th anniversary television screening. Obama showed the movie, which is based on the classic novel about Great Depression-era Alabama by Harper…

Phyllis Schlafly: Don’t date feminists

Conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly on Thursday had some advice for the students at The Citadel college in South Carolina: stay away from feminists. While giving a lecture entitled “Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America,” the 87-year-old Schlafly told the all-male audience that “feminist is a bad word and everything they…

CIA agent indicted for leaking secrets to journalists

WASHINGTON — A former CIA officer was indicted Thursday on charges of leaking secrets to journalists, including the name of a covert agent and the role of another CIA employee in classified operations. John Kiriakou, who had previously revealed the CIA’s use of waterboarding of Al-Qaeda suspects, was charged in…

Holder delivers three-page letter to judge over Obama comments

Judge had asked for confirmation that the Obama administration understands judicial review after comments on healthcare law The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has bowed to a federal judge’s demand that the Obama administration formally acknowledge the right of courts to strike down unconstitutional laws following the president’s admonishing of…

CIA withheld al-Qaida terrorist plot details from U.K. intelligence

CIA reportedly held back data from MI5 and MI6 in retaliation for UK court disclosing details of Briton held in Guantánamo Bay The UK government has claimed that the US withheld information from MI5 and MI6 about a possible terrorist plot because they feared British courts would reveal evidence of…

Attorney: Fake Democrats in Wisconsin committing criminal election fraud

Six fake Democrats running in upcoming recall primaries to push back the election date in Wisconsin are violating the law, according to an election attorney. “Among the requirements for running as a candidate in a partisan primary, one is required to file with the [Government Accountability Board] a ‘Declaration of…

More than 640,000 thank Starbucks for supporting same sex marriage

Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle received a huge “Thank You” card on Thursday for supporting legislation that allowed same sex couples in Washington state to marry. More than 640,000 people signed the card, which was the creation of SumOfUs.org, MoveOn.org and Washington United for Marriage. “We knew that people would stand…

Mega Millions mystery drags on

BALTIMORE, Maryland — The Mega Millions mystery dragged on Thursday with no one yet coming forward for a share of a world-record $656 million jackpot, even after a Baltimore woman claimed she had a winning ticket. Tickets with the winning combination of 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 plus Mega Ball…

Russian arms smuggler gets 25 years in U.S. prison

NEW YORK — A US judge on Thursday sentenced Russian “merchant of death” arms smuggler Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell a massive arsenal to anti-American guerrillas in Colombia. Bout, 45, has been accused of selling arms to despots and insurgency groups embroiled in some…

‘Long Live Zimmerman’ painted on Ohio State’s black cultural center

Ohio State’s University Police are investigating after someone spray-painted “Long Live Zimmerman” on the campus’ black cultural center. University newspaper The Lantern reported that the racially-charged graffiti was apparently left Wednesday night or early Thursday morning on the Hale Hall building, which houses the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural…

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