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Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington state will not seek reelection

SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Norm Dicks, a Democrat from Washington state known for supporting airplane manufacturer Boeing and his region’s military bases, said on Friday he will not seek reelection. The 18-term Congressman said in a statement he and his wife, Suzie, have “made the decision to change gears…

Fluke: Obama told me my parents should be proud

Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke on Friday choked up as she recalled an encouraging phone call from President Barack Obama after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh smeared her as a “slut.” “You were in our green room getting ready to come on and the White House tells us that…

Pot advocate: Calif. court ruling could trigger wave of federal raids

A California court ruled this week that individual cities cannot issue rules banning state-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries so long as the drug is grown on site — and while that sounds like a win for pot shops, a leading advocate is warning that it could spell big trouble for California’s marijuana…

Activists: ‘It’s illegal to be openly gay’ in Mississippi

Police in Jackson, Mississippi on Thursday threatened to arrest LGBT activists for marching on the sidewalk, citing “safety concerns” and a lack of permit for the demonstration. GetEQUAL Mississippi lead organizer Zach Magee told Raw Story that the group applied for a permit but was denied, for reasons he suspects…

Some U.S. women live far from maternity care

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some U.S. women, especially in the rural West, live more than an hour’s drive from a hospital with maternity care, a new study finds. There’s no set ideal for how close a pregnant woman should live from a maternity hospital. And the study did not…

Rich New York woman accused of keeping immigrant slave in mansion closet

A criminal complaint filed this week against a wealthy New York woman alleges that she kept an undocumented immigrant as a house worker for years, paying her just 85 cents an hour for nearly constant labor, and making her sleep in a walk-in closet. The immigrant, identified only as “V.M.”…

Gingrich: You can’t put a dead deer on a Volt

After denying it earlier, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich admitted on Friday that a gun rack could be installed in Chevrolet’s electric Volt, but he insisted there would be no place to put a dead deer. At a campaign event in Savannah, Georgia, the former House Speaker told a crowd…

Florida House passes 24-hour wait for abortions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (Reuters) – Women seeking abortions would be required to wait 24 hours under a bill passed by the Florida House on Thursday. The Republican-supported measure also creates a number of additional restrictions affecting clinic ownership, physician training and late-term procedures. But opponents said the bill has slimmer chances…

Santorum accuses Romney of rigging Michigan primary

By Grace Wyler The Michigan Republican Party awarded Mitt Romney an official delegate victory today, granting him 16 of the state’s 30 delegates just one day after the tally showed Romney and Rick Santorum tied with 15 delegates each. The Santorum campaign is now accusing Romney’s team of using “political thuggery”…

Romney: ‘I am big believer in getting money’ from Washington

In a 2002 video recently uncovered by ABC News, then-Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney bragged about being able to get taxpayer dollars from Washington, D.C., despite his current attacks on federal subsidies. “I am big believer in getting money where the money is,” Romney said in an address to the…

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