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Attorney: Orthodox Jews charged with sex abuse should have their names protected

The district attorney from Brooklyn, New York recently claimed that 85 Orthodox Jews charged with child sex abuse should have their names protected because of their close community bond, according to a startling report from The Jewish Daily Forward. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office rejected a Forward request under…

Planned Parenthood targeted by ‘hoax visits’ designed to ‘undermine’ women’s health

Earlier today, the Planned Parenthood blog “Reproductive Health Reality Check” posted an editorial stating that the organization has been subject to several suspicious visits at clinics across the country. “In recent weeks people who oppose Planned Parenthood, and our mission to provide high-quality reproductive health care, have been conducting a…

California bill would crack down on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

A California state Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that aims to protect citizens against “reparative” therapies intended to change the sexual orientation of LGBT people. By a vote of 5-3, the state Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development advanced SB 1172, which would ban children under…

FBI chief meets with Yemen president over Al-Qaeda threat

Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi held talks with FBI Director Robert Mueller in Sanaa Tuesday on the growing threat from Al-Qaeda in the country’s embattled south, the state news agency reported. They discussed “efforts in the fight against terrorism, and against Al-Qaeda in particular,” according to SABA, which added that…

Bradley Manning lawyer says military ‘mishandled’ case as hearings continue

Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of secret state documents to WikiLeaks, will face his military detractors again this morning at the start of up to three more days of procedural hearings ahead of a full court martial. Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, has filed several…

Fox News host admits he ‘did some paraphrasing’ by misquoting Obama

A Fox News host on Tuesday stopped short of apologizing after he “did some paraphrasing” and misquoted President Barack Obama. During an interview last week with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, host Steve Doocy quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in…

‘Hangover Heaven’ bus offers ‘cure’ for a night of drinking in Las Vegas

It’s Sunday lunchtime in Las Vegas and Justin looks like he wants to curl up and die. He has a monster hangover after drinking for two days solid. But help, he hopes, is at hand. The 38-year-old from Seattle is among the first customers trying out a new service, “Hangover…

Hugh Hefner: ‘Repressed conservatives’ waging ‘war against sex’

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is calling out “repressed conservatives” like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh by name for waging a “war against sex.” In an editorial published in the May edition of Playboy magazine, Hefner charges that “a new generation of repressed conservatives are pounding on America’s bedroom…

Maddow: ‘I think Ron Paul just won Iowa’

On Monday night’s The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC’s liberal politics host examined the strange Republican primaries of Iowa and Minnesota, concluding that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has actually won both states, or at least tied for first place. “Perhaps the most off-script thing that has happened on the Republican side……

Sanford commissioners vote to reject police chief’s resignation

In a 3-2 vote on Monday, city commissioners in Sanford, Florida voted not to accept the resignation of embattled Chief of Police Bill Lee, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Lee submitted his resignation to City Manager Norton Bonaparte just hours before a city council meeting on Monday afternoon. Bonaparte argued…

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