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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…

After big primary loss, Santorum retools message for must-win Ohio

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (Reuters) – After missing a golden opportunity to dethrone the front-runner, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has begun to retool his message as he turns his sights to Super Tuesday. Santorum fell to rival Mitt Romney in the latter’s home state of Michigan even though it appeared…

Virginia repeals one-a-month limit on handgun purchases

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia repealed a one-per-month limit on handgun purchases on Tuesday, less than five years after a mentally-deranged student used handguns to massacre 32 people at Virginia Tech University in the worst single act of gun violence in U.S. history. Governor Bob McDonnell, who is high on…

Wyoming narrowly defeats measure to prepare for apocalypse

CODY, Wyoming (Reuters) – In a sign of rising consumer confidence prevailing over go-it-alone pessimism in the Cowboy State, Wyoming lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly defeated a “doomsday bill” to help the state prepare for a total collapse of the U.S. government and economy. The bill, rejected on a 30-27 vote…

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