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Aide: GOP candidate says Obama an ‘illegal alien’ and ‘Holocaust never happened’

A congressional candidate from Illinois who believes the “Holocaust never happened” is running as a Republican because President Barack Obama is an “illegal alien,” according to one of his campaign aides. In a report published by OakLawn Patch on Tuesday, Arthur Jones charged that “the Holocaust is nothing more than…

Monkees frontman Davy Jones dead at 66

Davy Jones, lead singer of 1960s made-for-TV band The Monkees, died of a heart attack aged 66, the local medical examiner’s office and a report said Wednesday. The singer, who with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork had hits including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” died…

GOP lawmaker proposes tax breaks for mustaches

A mustachioed Republican congressman from Maryland is standing up for the rights of the men (and the women) who dare to have hair above their upper lip. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has introduced the Stimulus To Allow Critical Hair Expenses Act — or STACHE Act — to give people with mustaches…

Support for indefinite detention still hinges on ‘reading terrorists their rights’

At a long overdue Senate committee hearing Wednesday, vocal upport for the controversial indefinite detention rules in last year’s defense authorization act finally reared its head, seeming to still hinge on just one thing: as one witness essentially said, reading terrorists their rights may just prove fatal. Appearing before the Senate…

Tennessee GOP lawmaker defends ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

A Tennessee Republican lawmaker remained steadfast in supporting a bill that would ban teaching kids in elementary and middle school issues affecting the LGBT community, according to The Tenessean. State Rep. Joey Hensley said Tuesday evening that he would continue to move forward with his legislation, titled “Don’t Say Gay,”…

DHS tracked Occupy Wall Street to ‘control protesters’

Leaked documents reveal that federal government tracked Occupy Wall Street protesters because it feared the movement could turn violent. An internal Department of Homeland Security report (PDF) titled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street” was part of 5 million leaked documents published by WikiLeaks and examined by Rolling Stone contributing editor…

Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama’s faith

A week after questioning President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, maligned pastor Franklin Graham issued an apology for his controversial comments Tuesday afternoon, according to Religious News Service. Graham, the son of renowned evangelical pastor Billy Graham, provided a statement of penitence after being criticized by the NAACP and a group…

Catholic school fires teacher for planning his same-sex wedding

A Catholic school in northern St. Louis recently fired its music teacher after learning of his plans to marry his male partner in New York, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wednesday morning. Al Fischer, a music teacher at St. Ann Catholic School for four years, received termination in mid-February…

Reporter handcuffed at Romney victory speech

A national correspondent was briefly handcuffed and detained on Tuesday as she was trying to watch Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s victory speech at the Diamond Center in Novi, Michigan. The Economist‘s Natasha Loder told The New York Observer that she left the press filing room when she realized that…

Congress calls witnesses to speak on dangers of indefinite detention

A series of witnesses called to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on indefinite detention Wednesday morning will outline just how dangerous a president’s “unchecked authority” is to the freedoms Americans hold dear, giving lawmakers historical context on moments when American politicians ignored the principles enshrined in the Magna…

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