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GOP lawmaker: ‘Radicalized’ Girl Scouts ‘sexualizing’ recruits

A Republican lawmaker has become only member of the Indiana House to refuse to honor the Girl Scouts 100th birthday because he said they have become a “radicalized organization” that promotes the “homosexual lifestyle.” Republican state Rep. Bob Morris on Saturday sent a letter (PDF) to his fellow House Republicans…

Gingrich: Defeating Obama a ‘duty of national security’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a group of students on Tuesday that it was their patriotic duty to defeat President Barack Obama because he refused to protect the nation from “radical Islamists.” Speaking at Oral Roberts University, the former House Speaker declared that “Barack Obama is the most dangerous…

Atheist teen who sued over school prayer banner to get $40,000 scholarship

An atheist blogger said this week that his online fundraiser has brought in more than $40,000 to support a scholarship fund for a girl in Rhode Island who sued over a public prayer display at her state-run school and won. The Cranston School Committee voted last week against an appeal…

Can Obama’s volunteer army win him a second term?

In a cramped campaign office a couple of blocks from a sprawling General Motors assembly plant, Linda Koch rings the bell used to signal that a new volunteer has signed up for the fight to reelectPresident Barack Obama. “Woohoo!” the triumphant Koch chirps. “She’s bringing her sister too!” With the economy finally…

In shift, Obama campaign targets Santorum on economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign regularly rips Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney for his economic policies. On Tuesday, it added former Senator Rick Santorum to its list of top targets. In a sign of the growing seriousness with which the president’s team takes the former Pennsylvania lawmaker,…

Most Christian missionaries are American

SALEM, Massachusetts (Reuters) – At a church on the New England coast 200 years ago, five young men became ordained as Congregational missionaries and set off on cargo ships to India as the first organized group of American missionaries to travel overseas. Their departure signaled the start of the U.S.…

Occupy protesters rally against prison conditions

SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators and prison reform activists joined forces outside the gates of a prison in San Quentin, California on Monday to protest high incarceration rates and harsh living conditions. Speakers rallying at the San Quentin State Prison said the state’s sentencing laws…

Most Virginians oppose requiring trans-vaginal ultrasound before abortion

Fifty-five percent of Virginia voters oppose legislation that would require a woman to receive an ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy, according to a Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll. The bill sparked outrage because it would require a woman receive a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion, and be given an opportunity…

Pro-Romney PAC spent $13.5 million in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney is struggling to regain control of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but his allies appear ready to offer him a strong crutch for the road ahead. Restore Our Future, the independent “Super PAC” that supports Romney, spent $13.5 million in January on ads…

Sheriff Babeu: Government shouldn’t tell churches who can get married

Republican Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday that the government should not be telling churches who can and can’t get married. Babeu, an emerging Republican figure and strong border defense sheriff, resigned from his position as Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Saturday afternoon…

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