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GOP led Wisconsin legislature votes to ban private abortion coverage

The Republican led Wisconsin assembly voted to ban private insurance coverage for abortions and mandate abstinence-only sex education classes Wednesday morning, according to The Green Bay Post Gazette. The Assembly voted 61-34 Tuesday evening to ban abortion coverage from a health insurance exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act…

Jury finds VA Tech negligent in shooting deaths

A jury in Christiansberg, Virginia has ruled that officials at Virginia Tech were negligent on April 16, 2007, the day of the infamous shooting rampage that left 32 people dead and 25 injured, according to a report from ABC affiliate station WJLA. The jury of seven was given the case…

Gunman opens fire outside Texas courthouse ahead of sexual assault trial

During a lunch break ahead of a major trial in Beaumont, Texas, a man accused of sexually assaulting his daughter allegedly opened fire with a high powered rifle, reportedly killing at least one person and wounding several others. Police in Jefferson County told reporters that Bartholomew Granger, 41, engaged officers…

Limbaugh: Judging Miss America proves I’m not anti-woman

Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh says the fact that he judged the Miss America pageant proves that he’s not sexist as his critics have claimed. Limbaugh has been at the center of a controversy over women’s rights after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”…

McConnell: Marijuana use causes death

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently replied back to one of his constituents to declare that marijuana usage leads to death, according to the Huffington Post. McConnell sent a response letter to the constituent, who posted it on the pot supporting website grasscity.com Tuesday morning. The Kentucky senator candidly…

Suspected suicide bomb attack at Afghan air force base during Panetta visit

A member of NATO-led forces was injured in an “incident” as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived at a military base in Afghanistan Wednesday, the military said. “At no point was the secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident,” the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)…

Fox News host suggests Democrats are ‘for voter fraud’

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson says she can’t understand why Democrats would be against discriminatory voter ID laws unless they are “for voter fraud.” Earlier this week, the Department of Justice blocked a law requiring Texas voters to show identification on the grounds that it could disenfranchise Latino voters. Similar…

Goldman Sachs director quits ‘morally bankrupt’ Wall Street bank

By Juliette Garside – Greg Smith resigns as executive director of Goldman’s European equity derivatives business after devastating attack A Goldman Sachs director in London has resigned after publishing a devastating open letter accusing senior staff of being “morally bankrupt” and bent on extracting maximum fees from clients by offloading…

U.S. opens kinder, gentler immigrant jail

Federal officials unveiled a new model of detention facility for low-risk immigration violators in Texas — designed in every way not to resemble a jail, though it still is one. The civil detention center in rural Karnes City, Texas is a 608-bed facility for male immigration detainees deemed not to pose a threat to themselves or others. Immigration and Customs…

Fed slightly upgrades view of U.S. economy

The Federal Reserve slightly upgraded its view of the US economy, saying the jobs market and consumer and business spending had improved since January. But it kept its ultra-low interest rate and its liquidity-boosting bond repurchase operations in place, citing the depressed housing sector and the lack of inflationary pressures. The outcome of the…

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