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Ron Paul: Hemp is a good product

Texas Rep. Ron Paul praised the industrial crop hemp during a campaign stop in North Dakota on Monday. “There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp,” Paul said, according to the Associated Press. “Hemp is a good product.” Hemp, a crop related…

Russ Feingold slams Republicans: It is unpatriotic to destroy the presidency

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) blasted the Republican Party in a recent interview for trying to “destroy” President Barack Obama. “I don’t want to use the word ‘patriotism’ too much, but the right likes to use it all the time,” he told GQ magazine. “It is not patriotic to decide…

Maryland Senate committee approves same sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) – A Maryland Senate committee approved a gay marriage bill on Tuesday, sending the issue to the full Senate and moving Maryland closer to becoming the eighth state to legalize same-sex nuptials. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7 to 4 in favor of the bill –…

Senators call on GAO to study impact of new voter laws

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-TV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Tuesday requested that the Government Accountability Office investigate the impact of new state laws aimed at thwarting voter fraud. “It is critical that we have an accurate picture of these recent state laws, individual access…

‘Personhood’ bill introduced to Mississippi legislature again

Three Republican and one Democratic Mississippi legislator have authored a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would defined “a person” as beginning at the moment of conception, according to Talking Points Memo. The Right to Life Amendment of 2012 is intended to ban abortion and to set up a…

Virginia House delays vote on anti-abortion ultrasound bill

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday delayed a vote for one day on legislation that would require a woman to receive a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy. Two legislators told The Virginian-Pilot that lawmakers are considering softening the legislation by making an ultrasound optional rather than mandatory.…

Panetta apologizes over Koran mistreatment

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized Tuesday for the “inappropriate treatment” of copies of the Koran at an American base in Afghanistan and promised a swift investigation. Panetta’s statement came as protesters besieged the Bagram air base in Afghanistan shouting “Death to Americans” following reports that NATO troops…

Obama lauds ‘positive steps’ to tackle euro crisis

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama called German counterpart Angela Merkel on Tuesday to welcome “positive steps” taken by the European Union to ease its smoldering debt crisis, the White House said. Hours after the EU and the private sector inked a 237-billion-euro ($310 billion) bailout designed to keep Greece…

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.…

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