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Boehner: Obama ‘diminishing the presidency’ with student loan fight

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says that President Barack Obama is “diminishing the presidency” by fighting for low student loan rates, a fairer tax structure and regulations on oil speculators. “The president and I have a very good relationship,” Boehner told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday. “And as a result,…

San Francisco Democratic Party tells Obama to end crackdown on medical marijuana

The San Francisco Democratic Party issued a resolution this week calling on President Barack Obama and his administration to end their crackdown on medical marijuana facilities. The resolution, signed by 21 members of the party’s Central Committee (DCCC), calls on Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag to…

Student who dressed as Jesus on ‘Fictional Character Day’ to get $1,000 scholarship

A student who dressed up as Jesus Christ for his high school’s “Fictional Character Day” will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Seventeen-year-old Jeff Shott, a student at Summit High School in Tennessee, wore the costume to school in January. The story was first reported…

Pastor Joel Osteen: ‘Being gay is a sin’

Houston-based mega church minister Joel Osteen said on Sunday that same sex marriage should be illegal, but insisted he was “not for discriminating against gay people.” In an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked the pastor if being gay was a sin. “I believe that the scripture…

Afghan Taliban deny new talks with U.S.

Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents on Sunday denied that they had resumed talks with the United States, while the Afghan government insisted that the peace process was “on track”. The Taliban, who last month broke off contacts with the US in Qatar, said they would not resume talks “until the Americans take…

Pastor Terry Jones burns Koran again

Controversial US pastor Terry Jones has burned more copies of the Koran and a depiction of the prophet Mohammed to protest the imprisonment in Iran of a Christian clergyman, The Gainesville Sun reported. The newspaper said Jones and another pastor, who carried out their protest in front of their church…

Obama roasts Romney at White House Correspondents’ dinner

Cheered by Hollywood stars, President Barack Obama lampooned Mitt Romney’s wealth and mimed a shaggy dog story about his foe, striking a rare light note in the bitter White House race. Obama used an annual star-studded dinner with White House correspondents and Hollywood A-listers, which presidents use to rip their…

U.S. double-murder suspect found dead in hideout

US law enforcement blew the roof off a mountain hideout in Washington state on Saturday and inside found the body of a man suspected of killing his wife and teenage daughter, officials said. Peter Keller, who had been missing since Sunday when the bullet-ridden bodies of Lynnettee Rocha Keller, 41, and their…

Banks cooperating with police to track ‘Occupy’ protesters

The nation’s largest financial institutions are preparing for the upcoming Occupy Wall Street’s May 1st demonstrations by communicating with police, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Brian McNary, director of global risk at Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, said that banks from America and overseas are working together to “identify, map…

Official: Pakistan info helped U.S. with bin Laden hideout

The Pakistani intelligence services provided the United States with information that was helpful in learning more about the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, a US official said Saturday. “The Pakistanis didn’t provide any tips on bin Laden, but they provided certain information that aided the United States in developing the American intelligence picture on the…

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