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Washington State lawmakers approve same sex marriage bill

The Washington House of Representatives on Wednesday joined the state Senate in passing legislation to legalize same sex marriage. The bill has the support of Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it into law, making Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. “Yes, this story was…

More than 130,000 urge hospital to transplant kidney for undocumented immigrant

Thousands and thousand of people have signed a petition urging the UC San Francisco Medical Center to perform a kidney transplant for an undocumented immigrant. Jesus Navarro, a 35-year-old Oakland resident and father, was denied the kidney transplant he needs to live because of his immigration status, even though he…

Study: Nearly half of Obama campaign funds from small donations

A campaign finance study published Wednesday reveals a pretty big difference between the campaigns of President Barack Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney: namely, 48 percent of Obama’s money came from small donations. That’s not the case for the former Massachusetts governor, who’s far and away the favorite candidate…

Afghan forces will be ‘good enough’ to take over: U.S.

WASHINGTON — Afghan forces will be “good enough” to take over their country’s security by the end of 2014, even though only a small number of them now operate independently from NATO-led troops, a top US general said Wednesday. Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti, deputy commander of US forces and the…

Top U.S. general to visit Egypt amid row over NGOs

WASHINGTON — The US military’s top general plans to fly to Egypt this week as the United States presses Cairo to lift criminal charges against American pro-democracy activists, officials said Wednesday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “is scheduled to travel to Egypt later this week,”…

Republicans claim Obama attacking religion

WASHINGTON — US Republicans on Wednesday escalated their election-year attacks on President Barack Obama in a feud over health insurance coverage of birth control, accusing him of a “systematic” assault on religion. Republican House Speaker John Boehner charged a new rule that most employers — including church-affiliated entities — must…

Cenk: ‘There’s no reason to believe’ Obama will end super PACs

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur said Tuesday evening that President Barack Obama would not change the current state of unlimited money financing American politics. Uguyr discussed Obama’s decision to embrace the super PACs, with guests Ian Millhiser, editor of Think Progress, and Bob Edgar, president of the progressive advocacy…

Santorum: The Ninth Circuit thinks I’m a bigot

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday lashed out at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for going against “four thousand years of human history” to strike down California’s ban on same sex marriage. Speaking to religious conservatives at a church in McKinney, Texas, the candidate asserted that the…

CNN suspends Roland Martin for homophobic tweets

CNN suspended political commentator Roland Martin Wednesday afternoon for controversial comments made on Twitter that drew the ire of the LGBT community and others. After a few days if silence on the matter, the cable news network released a statement to The Washington Post about their decision. “Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable…

‘Romney Condoms’ offer protection for the ‘elite penis’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has inspired a New York-based condom company to create a prophylactic for “anyone with an elite penis.” The product, sold on RomneyCondoms.com, features packaging with Romney’s likeness, the words “never settle” and a background of $100 bills. “Despite Mitt’s Inability To Stick To A Position,…

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