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National Coalition for Men backs GOP version of Violence Against Women Act

The National Coalition for Men has endorsed the House version of the Violence Against Women Act. The group, which says it is committed to ending sex discrimination against men, claims that the Senate version of the bill unfairly excludes heterosexual men. “We cannot adequately address violence related issues by excluding…

Republicans block Rep. Norton from testifying on anti-abortion bill for her own district

Update (below): Republicans stack witness panel with anti-abortion doctors The House Subcommittee on the Constitution will stage a hearing on Thursday for a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the District of Colombia. And much like the last major Republican hearing on female reproductive rights,…

Former Fox News co-host: Obama ‘bigoted’ for suggesting his name makes winning harder

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley on Wednesday called the president of the United States “bigoted” for his suggestion that a name like “Barack Hussein Obama” made winning elections more challenging. In an interview that aired on Tuesday, The View co-host Sherri Shepherd asked Obama how close his re-election would be.…

Sen. Tom Harkin: Filibuster rule is ‘inherently unconstitutional’

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) took to Bill Press’ Full Court Press on Wednesday to talk about doing away with the storied Senate tradition of the filibuster. Harkin told Press he first introduced an amendment in 1995 to do away with the filibuster, or the parliamentary procedure that allows the Senate…

HCAN protests insurance giant WellPoint for supporting right-wing causes

The progressive group Health Care for America Now (HCAN) held a protest Wednesday morning to confront shareholders of the health insurance giant WellPoint about the company’s secret funding of extreme conservative politicians and groups. The meeting, which took place at Wellpoint’s corporate offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, featured shareholders voicing their…

Will Smith: My son asked Obama about ‘the aliens’

Actor Will Smith says he recently found himself in a “not cool” situation when his 13-year-old son, Jaden, asked President Barack Obama about the existence of extraterrestrial aliens. “I was at the White House with my family and we were getting a tour and, you know, Barack and Michelle and…

New home construction in U.S. increased in April

New construction of homes in the United States jumped in April, official data showed Wednesday in a fresh sign of improvement in the distressed housing market. Housing starts increased 2.6 percent from March, to 717,000 units, the Commerce Department said. That was well above the average analyst forecast of 680,000…

Catholic group admits high-level priest fathered a child ‘a number of years ago’

An ultra-conservative Catholic group on Wednesday said one of its most senior priests who teaches doctrine at a Vatican university has a child and admitted it knew about the scandal for some time. “The general director and his council are deeply sorry for not having acted earlier and more firmly,”…

‘Scripture Candy’ peddles wares at Sweet and Snack Expo in Chicago

Can a lollipop wrapped in a Bible verse help people come to Jesus? Can a piece of chocolate bring a moment of bliss? Or how about just a bit of comfort after a bad day? A riot of colors, flavors and familiar characters filled the floor of the Sweet and…

Romney refuses to mention Bush’s name after endorsement

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is refusing to even utter George W. Bush’s name after the former president endorsed him in an elevator on Tuesday. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush had blurted out to ABC News on Tuesday as the doors of the elevator closed on him in Washington,…

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