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Mayor Bloomberg plans to outlaw super-sized sodas

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he plans to outlaw super-sized sugary drinks, in a ban cementing his reputation as one of America’s hardest-driving policy makers on public health. Bloomberg, who already has gone to war on smokers and transfat, will allow the sale of cups up to 16…

U.S. House Democrats defeat sex-selective abortion ban

The House of Representatives voted down a bill Thursday that sought to ban sex-selective abortion, 246-168, according to the Washington Post. The bill “failed to pass as House Republicans brought it up under a suspension of normal rules that required it to earn a two-thirds majority vote.” The Prenatal Non-discrimination…

Romney aides feared Obama conspiracy to block Solyndra visit

Mitt Romney’s campaign aides said on Thursday that they kept the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s visit to a bankrupt company secret because they worried the White House would conspire with local officials to block the event. CNN’s Jim Acosta explained that the trip was “steeped in secrecy and mystery” until…

John Edwards verdict reached on one count

Former vice presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D), will receive the verdict in a trial that investigates whether his 2008 presidential campaign improperly funneled money to his mistress. Edwards faces six counts of campaign finance violations. ABC News is reporting that, if convicted, he could serve…

Axelrod to pro-Romney hecklers: ‘You can’t handle the truth!’

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod took the president’s re-election pitch to his opponent’s home turf in Boston on Thursday, but presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s supporters did their best to drown out his message. During a news conference outside the Massachusetts Statehouse, Axelrod faced relentless booing, heckling and chanting…

Former Justice Stevens: Supreme Court will ‘crack’ Citizens United

Former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 92, said during a Wednesday night speech that he’s convinced his former associates on the nation’s highest court will soon find it necessary to issue an opinion “that will create a crack in the foundation of the Citizens United majority opinion.”…

Tony Perkins: Gay tourism ad shows Obama’s ‘radical values and backwards priorities’

Christian think tank leader Tony Perkins is blasting President Barack Obama over an effort to market the U.S. that includes images of LGBT people. During a Thursday radio address, the Family Research Council president pointed to a recently created tourism advertisement that shows two gay men vacationing together. “A new…

Congress, rights groups still know virtually nothing about U.S. wiretap court

At a House hearing on Thursday, members of Congress and representatives of two leading privacy rights groups concluded that they still know virtually nothing about a secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), originally intended to prevent the worst abuses of the Nixon administration from ever…

Wal-Mart becomes latest company to leave ALEC

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is withdrawing from the legislative group the American Legislation Exchange Council (ALEC), according to Think Progress. ALEC has come under scrutiny of late for its controversial policies regarding voter ID laws and looser firearm restrictions, like Flordia’s “Stand Your Ground,” a law that expanded the…

Police ‘violently’ arrest 14 protesters at Minnesota foreclosed home

Members of Occupy Minnesota are accusing police of abusing their power by using physical violence to arrest demonstrators peacefully protesting at a foreclosed home in Minneapolis. “In the latest incident in an ongoing showdown, officers violently arrested occupiers peacefully defending the Cruz family home from foreclosure Wednesday night,” according to…

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