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Virginia axes nomination of openly gay judicial candidate

Update (5/15 at 9:10 a.m. Eastern): Virginia’s House of Delegates rejected the nomination of openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland last night, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R) announced on Saturday that he would challenge an openly gay judicial nominee because he does not support so-called…

Wisconsin Dems say DNC stalled financial backing for Walker recall election

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has not invested heavily into the recall elections against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R), according to an anonymous Wisconsin Democratic party official. The frustrated official told The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent about the disgust his colleagues are having with the DNC being restrained on their…

Louisiana has the highest imprisonment rate in the country

No place in America or the world has a larger prison population per person than the state of Louisiana, according to an explosive report from The Times-Picayune. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is not only the largest in the country, but is triple the rate in Iran, seven times greater than in…

McCain calls for suspension of Myanmar sanctions

Key Republican Senator John McCain called Monday on the United States to suspend most sanctions on Myanmar, saying the administration must go further than planned to encourage the country’s reforms. McCain proposed that the United States, like the European Union, freeze sanctions on the country formerly known as Burma for…

Obama skips APEC summit in Russia in favor of Democratic convention

US President Barack Obama will not attend the APEC summit in Vladivostok in September, which comes soon after the Democratic presidential nominating convention, the White House said Monday. The announcement by White House spokesman Jay Carney came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would skip this week’s G8…

Supreme Court orders Florida company to return found sunken treasure to Spain

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant a final appeal to a Florida company that discovered silver and gold on a sunken Spanish vessel but was then ordered to return the treasure to Spain. The Court did not give a reason for refusing the request from salvage specialist…

Ron Paul abandons key Republican primaries

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said Monday in a surprise announcement that he will no longer be campaigning in states that have not yet held primary elections. “Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process,” he explained in a campaign email. “Moving forward, however, we will no longer…

Pat Robertson: Vote Romney because ‘you don’t have Jesus running’

Televangelist Pat Robertson may think Mormonism is a cult, but he has given his most vocal endorsement of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yet because “you don’t have Jesus running.” Robertson began Monday’s edition of CBN’s The 700 Club by highlighting Romney’s commencement address to Liberty University, a Christian…

Ex-CIA agent: President Clinton missed chance to kill Osama bin Laden

Appearing on CBS News Sunday, former CIA agent Hank Crumpton revealed that the U.S. had a chance to kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but the Clinton administration didn’t take the shot. While using an unmanned aerial drone to spy on members…

Fox News contributor: ‘Hundreds of thousands’ of scientists deny climate change

Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock says that that there are “hundreds of thousands” of scientists “on both sides” debating if climate change is real. In a Sunday appearance on Fox News, Murdock, who also writes for Scripps Howard News Service and National Review Online, told anchor Eric Shawn that six…

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