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Cheney released from hospital after heart transplant surgery

Former US vice president Dick Cheney was released Tuesday from a Virginia hospital 10 days after heart transplant surgery, his spokeswoman said. The heart transplant March 25 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, was the latest in a series of operations and interventions for Cheney, who has had…

Bi-national same sex couples file lawsuit against DOMA

The federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was challenged in court on Monday when five legally married same sex partners filed a lawsuit arguing that the law is unfair to bi-national couples. In the suit, the couples (who want to apply for green cards) allege that DOMA violates their…

Nikki Haley: ‘Women don’t care about contraception’

Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday said that the Obama administration had made a mistake by mandating that health insurance cover birth control because “women don’t care about contraception.” During an appearance on ABC’s The View, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Haley how conservatives could make the case that…

Lawsuit accuses BP of robbing inventor who helped plug Gulf blowout

A lawsuit filed in Florida against two BP companies alleges that in the wake of the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant was so desperate to fix the problem and preserve its finances that it stole the inventions of a retired inventor whose designs ultimately…

Zimmerman defender rants about ‘young black males’

In an interview on Tuesday, one of George Zimmerman’s neighbors referred to “young black males” eight times, but insisted that there was no racial profiling by his neighborhood watch. Speaking to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Frank Taaffe defended Zimmerman’s February slaying of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teen. “Neighbor-hood, that’s a…

Miss Universe allows transgender contestant back into pageant

The Miss Universe Organization reversed its decision to allow a transgender contestant to compete in her country’s pageant Monday evening, provided that she meets certain requirements. According to CNN, organizers released a statement letting 23-year-old Jenna Talackova into May 19 competition if she meets “the legal gender recognition requirements of…

Sen. Olympia Snowe calls contraception debate ‘retro’

Retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine said on Monday night that she supports former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) for president and that the current cultural argument over birth control is a “retro debate from the 1950s,” according to a post at BuzzFeed. Snowe was in New York City…

Romney: Obama wants to ‘establish a religion called secularism’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday said that President Barack Obama had taken his war on faith to the next level by wanting to establish a new “religion” for the purpose of rejecting all religious doctrines. At an event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a supporter asked the candidate what the…

Clinton praises U.S. for uproar over Limbaugh comments

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised the uproar over radio host Rush Limbaugh’s insulting of a young woman as the top diplomat voiced hope that US women can set an example for the world. In a rare return to commentary on domestic politics, the woman who nearly became the first female…

Obama to slam Republican ‘social Darwinism’

US President Barack Obama will step up his reelection campaign Tuesday by accusing Republicans of pursuing an economic policy akin to ruthless “social Darwinism” that is a prescription for decline. On the day Mitt Romney, his likely rival in November, is expected to march closer to the Republican nomination, Obama will unleash a…

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