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Poll: 62 percent of Californians want marijuana regulated like wine

A majority of Californians believe that marijuana should be regulated like wine, according to a recent statewide poll sponsored by legalization advocates. Sixty-two percent of residents in the Golden State support the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012, a ballot initiative that will be voted on in November. The…

Home-schooled girl to lawmakers: Vote down same sex marriage for my birthday

A 14-year-old girl named “Sarah” asked lawmakers in Maryland on Tuesday to vote against marriage equality for her birthday. Testifying before Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Sarah said it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.” “I really feel bad for the…

Gingrich super PAC adviser: Democrats want to abort black babies

A senior adviser to the pro-Gingrich super PAC “Winning Our Future” claimed on Tuesday that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was not using coded racial language, and pointed the finger at Democrats for once having a “racist platform.” Following Mitt Romney’s win in the Florida Republican primary, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow…

Palin: Romney created ‘false narrative’ to win Florida

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the Florida by paying for ads with a “false narrative.” “I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter…

Biden: ‘bin Laden is dead, and GM is alive’

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden spelled out a blunt reelection message for his boss President Barack Obama on Tuesday — “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” Biden’s comment at a Texas fundraiser came as Obama stepped up his drive to claim credit for rescuing…

Facebook’s Sandberg claims women have ‘ambition gap’

Facebook’s chief operating officer said last week that women around the world are plagued by an “ambition gap.” Speaking in Davos at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Sheryl Sandberg explained that in the developing world, there was “an ambition gap at the societal level.” “We say we want to…

New audio tape sheds light on JFK assassination

WASHINGTON — Long-lost audio recordings of the aftermath of president John F. Kennedy’s assassination have been made public, captivating historians and stirring fascination about that fateful day. Almost 50 years after the November 22, 1963 assassination, a two hour and 22 minute reel was found among the personal effects of…

BP must pay some of Halliburton’s Gulf spill costs

WASHINGTON — A US court ordered British oil giant BP Tuesday to pay oilfield services company Halliburton for some of the claims stemming from the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a ruling in Louisiana on Tuesday, a federal judge ruled BP must “indemnify Halliburton for third party…

Republicans in Arizona plan to nearly wipe out public unions

Republicans in the Arizona Senate introduced legislation on Tuesday that could eliminate public employee unions, according to Talking Points Memo. The bills go even further than those proposed in Wisconsin last year, which lead to massive pro-union protests at the state Capitol. “At first glance, it looks like an all…

Susan G. Komen charity cuts off grants to Planned Parenthood

The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will no longer give hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to Planned Parenthood, according to the Associated Press. Planned Parenthood received $680,000 in 2011 and $580,000 in 2010 from Komen for breast-cancer screening and related services. Nearly 170,000…

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