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FBI sees rising threat from ‘sovereign citizen’ movement

The FBI has said it is monitoring a growing extremist threat from “sovereign citizen” movements, and is targeting their activities to prevent a repeat of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Followers of “sovereign citizen” ideologies reject all government authority, refusing to pay taxes, not recognizing US currency, and sometimes engaging…

Man’s body found in foreclosed home years after death

The body of a man was recently discovered in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin home some four years after he killed himself, according to local media. David Carter reportedly used a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun to shoot himself in the head some four years ago, shortly after quitting his job and…

Ex-Komen exec calls defunding Planned Parenthood ‘neutral ground’

A former executive for Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity says that the decision to defund Planned Parenthood was an attempt to “move to neutral ground.” After resigning from the charity Tuesday, Karen Handel admitted to Fox News host Megyn Kelly that she was “clearly involved in…

Pennsylvania college offers ‘morning after’ pill in vending machine

A university in central Pennsylvania is not just selling snacks or drinks out of their vending machine: they’re selling the “morning after” pill as well. According to The Associated Press, the health center at Shippensburg University is selling Plan B pills for $25 out of the vending machine, after a…

Michael Steele to Dan Choi: LGBT rights aren’t like black rights

Former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday said he didn’t “appreciate” the comparison between laws banning interracial marriage to laws that prevent same sex couples from marrying. While the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was the in process of finding California’s same sex marriage ban unconstitutional,…

Obama backs constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

President Barack Obama supports changing the U.S. Constitution to keep private sector dollars from buying elections, campaign officials told Raw Story on background during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. The decision stands in contrast with the president’s recent embrace of super PAC campaigning, a key feature of the Supreme…

More Catholics support contraception coverage than other Americans

Catholics in the U.S. are more likely that other Americans say that employers should be required to provide insurance that covers free contraception, according to a recent poll. A survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute on Tuesday found that 58 percent of Catholics think businesses should be required…

Appeals court strikes down California’s same sex marriage ban

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday afternoon that a Proposition 8, California voter ban on same sex marriage, is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court was right to strike the law down. An appeal…

‘Anonymous’ hacks personal info of Oakland officials

Oakland’s top officials — including mayor Jean Quan — became the latest targets of the hacking group “Anonymous” Tuesday morning. According to ABC affiliate KGO-TV, “Anonymous” has released the personal information of of city officials, including Mayor Quan, the city council, the city administrator and the police chief. City officials’…

‘Charlie McAwesome’ glitter bombs Ron Paul

A man going by the name “Charlie McAwesome” made it official Monday night: every remaining Republican presidential frontrunner has been glitter bombed. At a campaign event in Minneapolis, “McAwesome” doused Texas Congressman Ron Paul with sparkly particles as he was leaving the stage, according to City Pages. “Housing and healthcare…

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