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U.S. lawmakers warn Egypt ties nearing ‘precipice’

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers from both parties stepped up their warnings Wednesday that Egypt’s crackdown on democracy activists will force a review of US aid to the longtime Mideast ally if the crisis is not quickly resolved. “I truly believe we are approaching a precipice beyond which our bilateral relations…

Rahm Emanuel vows to fight for marriage equality

Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has thrown his support behind an Illinois bill that would grant same sex couples all the marriage rights now exclusively available to heterosexual couples. “I’ll push for it because it is consistent with the values base, and the practical…

Maine Democrats celebrate special election ‘repudiation’ of GOP

The Maine Democratic Party on Wednesday hailed their victory in the state Senate District 20 special election as a repudiation of the Republican’s agenda. Democrat Chris Johnson won the special election on Tuesday against Republican Dana Dow. The district has been controlled by Republicans since 2004, when it was reapportioned.…

Obama’s approval climbs to 50 percent

President Barack Obama launched his latest cross-country trawl for campaign cash Wednesday at an auspicious moment — as his approval rating hit the crucial 50 percent barrier in two new polls. There were also signs that strengthening jobs growth and a quickening recovery were improving his standing in several key…

Actress apologizes for appearing in Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad

Lisa Chan, the 21-year-old Asian-American actress who appeared in U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s controversial ad, has apologized for her role. “I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities,” she wrote on Facebook. “As a recent college grad who has spent time…

Outright abortion ban introduced to Iowa House

Legislation introduced to the Iowa House of Representatives on Wednesday would completely outlaw abortion and mandate up to life in prison for those who purposefully terminate a pregnancy. The bill, House File 2298, was introduced by state Rep. Kim Pearson (R). It would outlaw all abortions, even cases of rape…

Santorum: Dems ‘look down their nose’ at Americans

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday charged that the Obama administration was full of “elite snobs” who were looking “down their nose at the average American.” The former Pennsylvania senator went on the attack against President Barack Obama and Democrats for rejecting Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) to replace the…

Obama celebrates return of jobs from China

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — A day after telling China’s next leader his country must play by global economic rules, President Barack Obama Wednesday celebrated the return of US jobs from the vast Asian economy. Obama, seeking to boost manufacturing in key swing states hit by high unemployment as he cranks up…

Pelosi backs marriage equality for official DNC platform

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has thrown her support to adding a call for marriage equality to the official platform of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), according to a Washington, D.C. LGBT publication. Pelosi, whose constituency includes San Francisco, reportedly broke the news exclusively to Metro Weekly shortly after…

Couple arrested for bondage role-playing on Valentine’s Day

A couple in Portland, Oregon found themselves spending Valentine’s Day in jail after their bondage role-playing resulted in nine police cruisers being dispatched. Responding to reports that a naked woman was seen tied up in the back of a car with duct tape over her mouth, Portland police converged on…

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