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Australian ex-girlfriend’s diaries show Obama in love

WASHINGTON — Secret diaries of an Australian woman who was one of young Barack Obama’s girlfriends, show the warmth and trust of the future president in love, but also hint at his reserve and “coolness.” Accounts of the 1980s romance between Genevieve Cook and a twenty-something Obama in New York…

Justice Department to review handling of 80 rape cases in Missoula

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced it was investigating how rape cases in Missoula, Montana were being handled by local authorities. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said there was “serious concern” that as many as 80 rape cases “were not being investigated…

Gingrich officially drops presidential bid

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday dropped his erratic campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but pledged to remain in the public eye as an “active citizen.” “Today I am suspending the campaign. Suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship,” Gingrich said in a…

DEA apologizes to student left handcuffed in holding cell without food or water

The Drug Enforcement Administration has apologized to a college student that was left handcuffed in a holding cell for nearly five days without food or water. DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent-In-Charge William R. Sherman said in a statement to the Associated Press that he extended his “deepest apologies” to…

Missouri GOP lawmaker reveals he’s gay and opposes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri on Wednesday announced that he was gay and called on his colleagues to revoke their support for a “horrible” bill that would prevent the discussion of homosexuality in schools. “I will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality,” state Rep. Zachary Wyatt said…

Zimmerman calls Mexicans ‘soft ass thugs’ on old MySpace page

George Zimmerman, the shooter of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, made disparaging remarks about Mexicans and his ex-girlfriend on a 2005 MySpace page discovered Tuesday evening, according to The Miami Herald. Zimmerman’s page contains heavy usage of slang words, especially in the “About Me” section. “I dont miss driving around scared to…

Ohio bomb plot allegedly hatched by ‘Occupy Cleveland’ members

Four of the five self-described anarchists arrested this week after allegedly attempting to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio were reportedly frequent members of “Occupy Cleveland.” Of the five self-described anarchists arrested this week after allegedly attempting to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, four were reportedly members…

Preacher supporting same sex marriage ban encourages violent punishment of LGBT kids

North Carolina evangelical preacher Sean Harris, in a ranting, fuming sermon, told parents in his congregation to use violence to punish children for showing any perceived signs of LGBT inclinations or urges on Sunday, according to LGBT rights blog “Good As You.” “Dads,” Harris urged, in a sermon that was…

Pennsylvania governor: Forced ultrasounds are ‘the way to go’

Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is asserting that forced ultrasounds are “the way to go” if they stop women from having abortions. Corbett had been criticized for supporting one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country because he said that women could just “close your eyes” during the…

NC legislator’s wife: Same sex marriage ban protects ‘Caucasian race’

Jodie Brunstetter, the wife of North Carolina state legislator Peter Brunstetter told poll workers that her husband authored the state’s anti-same sex marriage law Amendment One to “protect the Caucasian race” and save the U.S. Constitution from “activist judges,” according to Chad Nance’s reporting for Yes! magazine. Nance, who has…

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