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Activists and scientists cry foul as Obama pushes ahead on Keystone XL

A major political victory for environmental activists was partially reversed Thursday after President Barack Obama appeared in Oklahoma to announce that his administration has fast-tracked the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that aims to connect Canada’s tar sands to oil refineries on the Texas gulf…

GOP senator defends Planned Parenthood: ‘Provide those services, absolutely’

A conservative Republican senator is speaking out in defense of Planned Parenthood and calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to make sure the organization gets funded. During an interview on Thursday, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) if Perry was wrong to block state funding for…

Student: School threatened to arrest porn star prom date

A high school in Oakdale, Minnesota has officially banned a student from bringing a porn star to his senior prom because it is “not in the best interest of students.” Realizing that he was about to graduate without ever having been to a prom, Mike Stone, 18, set out to…

Sanford police chief hit with ‘no confidence’ vote over Martin murder

The police chief in Sanford, Florida has officially lost the confidence of local officials, following a close vote Wednesday night at the city commission. City commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday night in favor of “no confidence” in Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. for his handling of an investigation into the…

New Yorkers hold Million Hoodie March in honor of slain teen

Thousands gathered in New York City on Wednesday for a “Million Hoodie March” to show their support for Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante. “My heart is in pain,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd. “But to see the support of…

Opponents of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law predicted ‘racially motivated killings’

Opponents of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law objected to the measure early on, predicting that it would lead to an escalation in violence and “racially motivated killings,” according to a post at Think Progress. Think Progress cites Reuters reporting from 2005, when the law was initially proposed to the…

Coulter: Maybe time to ‘go after the Obama children’

Ann Coulter, a controversial backer of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, suggests that conservatives should begin attacking President Barack Obama’s two young daughters. On Wednesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity told Coulter that liberals had been “feigning outrage” over radio host Rush Limbaugh calling Georgetown University law student a “slut”…

Tennessee bill protects teachers who challenge evolution and climate change

The state legislature of Tennessee has given legal cover to public school teachers to challenge the science of evolution and climate change, in a move that looks set to deepen a debate about politicisation of the classroom. The bill passed in the Tennessee Senate this week provides legal protection to…

Arpaio asks Selective Service System for assistance in ‘birther’ investigation

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday requested assistance from the U.S. Selective Service System as part of his ongoing investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. “While my office will continue pursuing this investigation, I have spoken of the need to enlist the aid of other agencies,” Arpaio said in…

Brother of suspect who firebombed Democrat’s office: ‘His whole reality is different’

The brother of Cedric Steele, who allegedly fire bombed the office of Democratic state senator Wendy Davis in Texas, said that Cedric had a history of mental health problems. “All the way through college, we used to be like best friends,” Curtis Steele told the Star-Telegram. “Then he just mentally…

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