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Minnesota’s anti-abortion bill opens up a new front in the War On Women

Anti-abortion groups — who have long-considered medical, or pill abortions, to be one of the biggest threats to their movement’s demonization of abortion and the women who seek them — quietly opened a new front in state legislatures recently to de facto restrict or eliminate access to the less expensive,…

Romney campaign: Obama ‘divides’ America by talking about bin Laden

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is accusing President Barack Obama of dividing the country when his campaign talks about killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. In a new web advertisement, President Bill Clinton says that Obama chose the “more honorable path” by ordering the 2011 attack that resulted…

Tampa asks Rick Scott to ban guns at RNC Convention

The Tampa City Council on Thursday said they would ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to ban firearms outside the Republican National Convention later this year. The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A…

Republicans ram controversial Internet spying bill through House

In a surprise vote last night, House Republicans overwhelmingly chose to ram through a massive Internet spying bill that will enable corporations to share their network users’ personal information with the National Security Agency (NSA) for “cybersecurity” purposes. The Cyber Intelligence Protection and Sharing Act (CISPA) was originally set for…

DOD to move 9,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam

The United States is to shift 9,000 Marines out of Japan in a move Washington hopes will ease sometimes fractious relations with its ally over a huge American military presence. The redeployment, which will see troops moved to Guam, Hawaii and Australia, will go ahead regardless of any progress on…

U.S. environmental official apologizes for ‘crucify’ gaffe

An official from the environmental protection agency has apologised for advising staff to pursue harsh punishment or “crucify” companies that break environmental laws. The embarrassing episode – which came to light through the efforts of the Republican senator Jim Inhofe – has been a godsend for the GOP’s efforts to…

Panetta hopes Israeli general ‘correct’ on Iran

SANTIAGO — US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday he hopes that statements from Israel’s military chief describing Iran’s leadership as rational were “correct.” Israeli Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told the Haaretz newspaper on Wednesday that the Iranian leadership “is composed of very rational people,” and that while Tehran…

Secret Service probes El Salvador prostitution claims

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service told US lawmakers Thursday it is investigating new accusations of misconduct in El Salvador, where agents of a presidential advance team reportedly partied at a strip club and paid for sex. “Earlier this week the US Secret Service received a call concerning the allegations,” the…

Court of Appeals: Wisconsin voter ID law to remain blocked during recall elections

An appeals court ruled Thursday that Wisconsin’s voter ID law would remained blocked during the state’s upcoming recall elections, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to decline our certification means, as a practical matter, that there will be no definitive court ruling before the May…

Sarah Palin: New child labor rules will cause ‘America to fail’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday said that child labor regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would lead to America’s decline. The federal agency is considering updating the Fair Labor Standards Act by strengthening current child labor regulations related to work with animals, pesticides, timber operations, manure…

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