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Presbyterian Church ordains first gay minister

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – The Presbyterian Church (USA) ordained its first openly gay minister on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin, three months after lifting its long-standing ban on homosexual clergy. Scott Anderson, 56, was ordained minister at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in front of a jubilant congregation. “It was a big day…

Gingrich: Congress has the power to call federal judges to account

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich believes that Congress has the power to call federal judges to account and that the Constitutional separation of powers does not guarantee judicial independence. During an appearance Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, Gingrich was asked by host Bob Schieffer about his recent…

Texas pastor stands ground on “cult” comment about Mormons

DALLAS (Reuters) – An unapologetic Pastor Robert Jeffress, who created a stir for calling Mormonism a “cult” at a political gathering, told hundreds of congregants at his Texas megachurch on Sunday that he welcomed the opportunity he’s had to warn people about a “false religion.” “I have not changed my…

Race, religion come to the fore in Republican race

WASHINGTON — Republican hopefuls insist the 2012 White House race will hinge on the economy, but it is the conservative hot-button issues of race and religion that currently dominate the campaign. Frontrunner Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, which was debated at length when he ran for president in 2008, was decried…

Paul Ryan: Obama ‘sowing class envy and social unrest’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) suggested Sunday that the Occupy Wall Street protests were the fault of President Barack Obama for “sowing class envy and social unrest.” Ryan told NBC’s David Gregory that the real source of the sluggish economy and lack of jobs was that businesses “needed…

Obama challenges Republicans on jobs plan

President Barack Obama in his weekly radio and TV address on Saturday challenged Republicans to explain their opposition to his American Jobs Act. “So any Senator out there who’s thinking about voting against this jobs bill needs to explain why they would oppose something that we know would improve our…

GOP Rep: ‘We can’t allow’ more coverage of Occupy Wall Street

Add another Republican to the growing list that loathe the Occupy Wall Street protests. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is upset at the growing movement and the media’s coverage of it, hoping that a modern day version of protests from five decades ago isn’t being recaptured now. “It’s really important for…

Cain calls Occupy Wall Street protesters ‘anti-American’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain claimed Sunday that the Occupy Wall Street protests going on in New York City and across the country were a conspiracy designed to help President Barack Obama. “The proof is quite simply the bankers and the people on Wall Street didn’t write these failed policies…

Editor admits to ‘infiltrating’ D.C. protest to undermine ‘Occupy’ movement

An assistant editor for the conservative magazine The American Spectator admitted in print Saturday to infiltrating an antiwar protest in Washington, D.C. in hopes of undermining the “Occupy” movement. Patrick Howley — “for journalistic purposes” — was one of the antiwar protesters who clashed with security staff at The Smithsonian’s…

Pelosi: Scott Brown’s ‘clueless’ comments on Warren ‘disrespectful to women’

One person not pleased with Sen. Scott Brown’s comments on Elizabeth Warren’s appearance is Nancy Pelosi. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s This Week, the House Minority Leader addressed several issues, from supporting President Barack Obama’s jobs bill to slamming Eric Cantor for his comments criticizing the Occupy…

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