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Republicans obstruct Violence Against Women Act over LGBT, immigrant protections

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is, in normal times, an uncontroversial bipartisan law that was originally passed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. The law was intended to buttress protections within the law for women affected by violence by stiffening sentences for perpetrators and enabling access by women to…

Scott Walker: Nugent was ‘best part’ of NRA convention

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently praised a conservative rocker who is being investigated by the Secret Service to determine if he threatened the life of President Barack Obama. A video uploaded by public policy graduate student James Carter shows Walker at this year’s National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, where…

Bachmann says Obama ‘waving a tar baby’ with oil policy

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is accusing the nation’s first black president of “waving a tar baby in the air” over his proposed crackdown on oil speculators. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama proposed measures that would give regulators more power to limit manipulation of the oil markets. “We can’t…

Hannity asks Romney about Obama eating dog as a child

Fox News host Sean Hannity tried unsuccessfully on Thursday to get presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to weigh in on claims that President Barack Obama tried dog meat and other local foods while living in Indonesia as a young boy in the late 60s and early 70s. Earlier this…

Austin police field ‘serious threats’ after officer kills man’s dog

The phones have been ringing off the hook at Austin police headquarters after an officer killed a local man’s dog last weekend, and Chief of Police Art Acevedo is finally feeling the siege mentality. In an open letter to the community sent Wednesday night, Acevedo blamed a “mob mentality” for…

Romney ‘not going to apologize’ for being born with silver spoon

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday said he was “not going to apologize” for his family’s enormous wealth after President Barack Obama made the suggestion that the candidate was “born with a silver spoon” in his mouth. “The president is really taking aim at anybody he can find…

Pepper spray cop’s boss calls it quits

The chief of police at the University of California Davis will resign so the school can move on from a ghastly incident last year that ended with one of her officers becoming known around the world as the “pepper spray cop.” The revelation was made by Chief Annette Spicuzza herself…

Allen West: Nugent has no ‘ill will’ toward Obama

Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on Thursday defended conservative rocker Ted Nugent after he got the Secret Service’s attention by saying that members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) should defeat President Barack Obama and other Democrats and “chop their heads off in November.” During an interview on…

Sex scandal claims jobs of 3 Secret Service agents

The US Secret Service said three employees will leave their jobs over the sex scandal in a hotel in Colombia which tarnished the elite presidential protection agency’s image. Two leading congressmen meanwhile revealed in a letter to Secret Service chief Mark Sullivan obtained by ABC News that agents accused of consorting with prostitutes may have been…

U.S. tries to limit damage from grisly Afghan photos

The United States has swiftly condemned photos of soldiers posing with the mangled corpses of insurgents in Afghanistan, seeking to limit the fallout from the latest scandal involving US troops. The photographs, which date back to 2010 but were published by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, add to a…

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