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Trial starts for student in gay cybercrime case

NEW YORK — A New Jersey judge oversaw jury selection Tuesday in the trial of a former student accused of secretly filming a gay roommate who later committed suicide, sparking a national debate over bullying of young homosexuals. Dahrun Ravi, born in India, faces up to 10 years in prison…

Virginia passes bill to ban LGBT parents from adopting

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday afternoon that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex parents, according to The Washington Post. The bill, which passed by a 22-18 margin, gives adoption agencies the power to deny child placement if it conflicts with their moral or religious beliefs.…

Romney reverses course, praises ‘important role’ of labor unions

Hoping to make up lost ground in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday reversed course and praised labor unions. At a town hall campaign event in Shelby Township, the candidate told supporters that “labor unions play an important role in our society.” “There are some like the carpenters…

GOP pollster: ‘Run, Barack, Run’ sticker belongs on front bumper

Fox News contributor Frank Luntz on Monday made a suggestion about running over the nation’s first black president with his car. Appearing at an event with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in West Michigan, the GOP pollster warmed up the audience with a few jokes. Video of the event was…

Firearms group calls Obama ‘greatest gun salesman in America’

Although the nation’s largest gun lobby would never publicly acknowledge it, at least one gun-loving group seems to realize that a Democratic president isn’t always bad for business. In a post published Tuesday by online ammunition supplier Ammo.com, President Barack Obama is hailed as “the greatest gun salesman in America.”…

Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday morning that it will review affirmative action for the first time in almost a decade after a white student was denied acceptance into the University of Texas, according to The Associated Press. The case is being brought to the highest court after the 5th Court…

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…

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