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Tony Perkins: Marriage equality ‘only brings pain and heartache’

The leader of a Christian think tank is warning that marriage between two men or two women “only brings pain and heartache.” In a video message, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council — a hate group, according the the Southern Poverty Law Center — declared that President Barack…

Justice Department sues Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio for ‘targeting Latinos’

The U.S. Department of Justice held a press conference this afternoon to announce its lawsuit against controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for engaging “in a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County,” according to “Talking Points Memo.” Arpaio and his office, says the…

New U.S. unemployment claims fall for second straight week

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell for the second week running last week, but not as much as expected as the troubled labor market slowly recovers, official data showed Thursday. New jobless claims totaled 367,000 in the week ending May 5, down from an upwardly revised 368,000 the previous…

George Clooney hosts $40,000-a-plate Obama fundraiser

George Clooney, who hosts a star-studded fundraiser for Barack Obama Thursday, is a Hollywood A-lister turned activist for causes like Sudan, Haiti — and now the US leader’s re-election. The movie heartthrob’s $40,000-a-plate dinner is being tipped as possibly the biggest presidential fundraiser ever, bolstering Obama’s coffers to the tune…

Virginia Republican group denounces its own call for ‘armed revolution’

The Republican Party of Greene County, Virginia denounced on Thursday an essay it published in March, which demanded that conservatives take up arms and overthrow the government if President Barack Obama is reelected. “The Greene County Republican Committee denounces such language and does not subscribe to that thinking,” a prepared…

U.S. debates recommending drug for AIDS prevention

US health advisors are poised to decide Thursday on whether to recommend the drug, Truvada, as the first preventive pill against AIDS instead of just a treatment for infected people. Landmark study results published in 2010 showed that the drug, made by California-based Gilead Sciences, helped ward off HIV in…

Fox News Radio host: Public schools are ‘indoctrination centers’ for LGBT rights

Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes on Thursday explained that marriage equality had only become more popular with Americans because the public schools were “indoctrination centers” for LGBT rights. In an online interview, Starnes told Fox News host Patti Ann Browne that his conservative listeners and religious leaders were disappointed…

H&M apologizes for too-tan swimsuit model

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday apologised over a swimwear campaign featuring a deeply tanned model that sparked outrage among cancer groups. “We are sorry if we have upset anyone with our latest swimwear campaign. It was not our intention to show off a specific ideal or to encourage…

Czech president to keynote Heartland conference despite objections to billboard campaign

Václav Klaus, the Czech president and prominent climate sceptic, has condemned a controversial billboard campaign used by a rightwing US thinktank to advertise the forthcoming conference at which he is scheduled to give the keynote speech. However, his spokesman said Klaus will not join other speakers who have pulled out…

Obama and Shakira face off in Colombia’s donkey pageant

Backstage was chaotic. Barack Obama was fighting with his handler. Shakira had been happily eating off the floor but became surly when she was interrupted. It took three men to push her up the ramp onto the makeshift stage. Donkeys and beauty contests are both common sights in rural Colombia,…

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