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U.S. making energy progress despite critics: Obama

NASHUA, New Hampshire — President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States is making progress in curbing its dependence on imported petroleum as he defended his energy policy in the face of criticism from Republican rivals. Speaking in New Hampshire, Obama sought to deflect election-year charges that he is to…

Rep. Speier calls for boycott of Limbaugh sponsors

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday said that if the sponsors of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show continued to support his “hate mongering” then women should boycott those companies. “I rise this morning to say to Rush Limbaugh, shame on you,” she said on the House floor. “Shame on you for…

Catholic diocese sorry after punishing girl for speaking native languange

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has apologized after punishing a 12-year-old girl for speaking her Native American language at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin. Miranda Washinawatok explained to WGBA that she wasn’t allowed to play in one basketball game after she spoke in her native Menominee language…

Arpaio probe concludes Obama’s birth certificate a ‘forgery’

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced on Thursday that his investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate concluded the document was most likely a “forgery.” “President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House on April 27, 2011, is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery, not a…

SOPA author’s refusal to hear marijuana bill angers activists

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), author of controversial anti-piracy legislation recently defeated after the Internet’s first mass work stoppage, is embroiled in controversy yet again, this time over his refusal to stage a hearing on a bill that would allow individual states to determine their own policies on marijuana.…

Romney to NASCAR fans: I wear ‘garbage bags’ too

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s latest attempt to win over racing fans may have backfired after he referred to their rain ponchos as “garbage bags.” While attending the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Romney told The Associated Press that he didn’t follow the sport closely as some fans “but I have…

Mystery man set to testify in Rutgers bullying trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The mystery man whose homosexual tryst with Tyler Clementi is at the center of a privacy invasion trial prepared to testify as early as Thursday against the former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on them in a dorm room. He…

Pennsylvania judge denies Sandusky request for trial delay

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The judge overseeing former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case has denied a defense request to postpone the trial by two months, saying a delay should be a matter of last resort. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts of abuse stemming from…

Romney: Obama mandated contraception so he might take your guns too

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned voters on Wednesday that President Barack Obama might eventually curb the rights of gun owners since he is also requiring all health insurers to cover contraception for women. A man at an event in Fargo, North Dakota asked the candidate how he would “protect…

Senate rejects Blunt contraception amendment

In a close 51-48 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected legislation that would have allowed employers to refuse to pay for health insurance coverage of specific services if it would be contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), was offered…

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