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Female Republican Senators go rogue, back Obama on contraceptives

Two female Republican members of the U.S. Senate, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, have broken rank with their party and come out in favor of a new rule issued by the Obama Administration that requires private health insurers to fully pay for the cost of contraception products.…

‘Spreading Romney’ satire leaks into candidate’s top Google results

A satirical redefinition of the word “Romney” has leapt from obscurity and into the limelight this week by cracking a list of the top 10 Google search results for the Republican presidential candidate’s last name. Similar to the “Spreading Santorum” website that has so plagued anti-gay Republican Rick Santorum by redefining his…

Republicans propose not paying for payroll tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress on Monday proposed extending a tax cut for 160 million workers through the rest of the year without offsetting the cost with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. As first reported by Reuters, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives issued a statement saying…

Republican congressman calls Pentagon budget ‘irresponsible’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Buck McKeon, who heads the House Armed Services Committee, on Monday blasted the Pentagon’s proposed defense budget for fiscal 2013, saying it “irresponsibly ignores” additional mandatory cuts that are due to take effect in January 2013. “This budget reflects a true reduction, in real terms, of…

‘Ex-gay’ pastor: Arrest Dan Savage for anti-bully campaign

A pastor who claims to be a “former homosexual” says that sex columnist Dan Savage should be arrested for his role in launching an anti-bullying campaign to help young LGBT people. In a recent interview with Americans For Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour host Peter LaBarbera, pastor DL Foster suggested…

Florida man goes on crime spree in underpants

Authorities in Florida know Jason Daniel Wayo as the “South Gate Burglar,” but they could start calling him the “Underpants Burglar” after his arrest over the weekend. On Saturday, Fox 13 cameras caught Wayo, 34, as he was handcuffed and marched out of a residence by Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies…

Missouri spends foreclosure settlement money on budget gaps

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) announced last week that his state would use some of the money from the bank foreclosure fraud settlement for purposes other instead of helping struggling homeowners in the state. According to The Kansas City Star, Nixon said that $40 million of the $196 million that…

New Jersey Senate approves same sex marriage

New Jersey state senators voted Monday to approve a bill that would extend the right to marry to same sex couples, sending the bill to the Assembly at-large for final approval. The vote was 24-16 in favor of legalizing same sex marriage, although Governor Chris Christie (R) has promised a…

Pastor’s daughter accidentally shot in head at Florida church

The daughter of a pastor is in critical condition after being accidentally shot in the back of the head at a church in Florida. Pastor Tim Kelley announced on Grace Connection Church’s Facebook page on Sunday that the prognosis for his daughter, 20-year-old Hannah Grace Kelley, was not good. “Please…

Obama unveils ‘fair shot’ election-year budget

President Barack Obama Monday proposed a $3.8 trillion budget brimming with populist tax hikes on the rich and jobs spending designed to outmaneuver Republicans as he takes aim at reelection. But Obama’s possible Republican foe in November, Mitt Romney, slammed the document, which foresees a fourth consecutive year of budget deficits over $1 trillion, as…

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