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Marine discharged over anti-Obama Facebook posts

WASHINGTON — A US Marine sergeant has been given an “other than honorable” discharge after posting remarks critical of President Barack Obama on Facebook, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday. Gary Stein, 26, a nine-year veteran, has been “separated from the Marine Corps” for his “misconduct,” the Marines said in a…

Obama challenges Romney on youth vote swing

IOWA CITY, Iowa — US President Barack Obama is giving his newly crowned Republican foe Mitt Romney a taste of the fight to come, assembling capacity crowds of fired-up young voters in a blitz of swing states. Obama dropped into university campuses in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa, drumming up…

Sen. Tom Udall: VAWA ‘crucial’ for Native American women

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) on Wednesday called on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, claiming new provisions in the bill were “crucial” to protect Native American women from domestic abuse. The provision would allow tribal courts to prosecute non-Native American individuals for domestic violence crimes committed on tribal…

Dreams of glory dashed in John Edwards’s hometown

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — There was a time when people in this historic US college town dared to dream that one of their own could become president. Then John Edwards got caught up in a whirlwind of sex, lies and betrayal — and now they’d rather forget all about…

Marco Rubio: U.S. may have to strike Iran

WASHINGTON — Potential Republican vice presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday said a unilateral “military solution,” from the United States may be needed to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb. Rubio, a freshman Senator for Florida, said in a speech in Washington that it was imperative that the United States…

Connecticut abolishes the death penalty

NEW YORK — Connecticut abolished the death penalty on Wednesday, but the repeal will not affect 11 people still on death row, including two men convicted over a gruesome 2007 “home invasion” attack. The bill, signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy, makes Connecticut the fifth state in as many…

From brutality to boredom across the Mexico-U.S. border

EL PASO, Texas — For many Mexicans fleeing brutal drug violence in Ciudad Juarez, the Texan city of El Paso, just across the Rio Grande, is an oasis of calm. But some still prefer to stay on the Mexican side of the busy border crossing as they don’t want to…

New Hampshire House approves medical marijuana bill

The Republican-led New Hampshire House on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana. The House voted 236-96 to approve SB 409. The Senate passed the bill by a 13-11 vote in March. Democratic Gov. John Lynch has threatened to veto the legislation, which would allow…

Romney takes beating on immigration as Supreme Court hears Arizona challenge

As the U.S. Supreme Court finally takes up a lawsuit over Arizona’s restrictive immigration law, there are some leading immigration reform activists who are calling Mitt Romney’s stated position of supporting policies that encourage “self-deportation” nothing more than “fantasy.” Romney has previously called Arizona’s immigration policies “a model” for the country,…

Pennsylvania set to elect first openly LGBT state representative

The state of Pennsylvania is set to elect its first openly LGBT state representative this fall. According to a report at the blog Gay Politics.com, Brian Sims has won the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s heavily Democratic District 182, and is not expected to face a Republican opponent in the fall.…

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