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Lawsuit could make DOMA apply to private companies

A lawsuit being heard this week in Pennsylvania could rewrite how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is applied across civil society, and potentially spark a dramatic expansion of the law’s terms that would force private companies to not recognize same sex spouses. The lawsuit boils down to benefits due…

Berkeley police chief sends officer to reporter’s home to alter story

The Berkeley police union said Monday it was “gravely concerned” that police chief Michael Meehan dispatched an officer to a reporter’s home in the middle of the night to request a correction. The police department had tried to reach Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley by phone and e-mail…

Romney will not enroll in Medicare

On his 65th birthday Monday afternoon, Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney announced that he would not enroll in Medicare and remain with his private insurance plan. According to BuzzFeed, Romney, who has advocated for the wealthiest Americans to take lower public insurance benefits, announced through his campaign that he would…

Santorum co-chair: Romney should ‘renounce his racist Mormon religion’

An African-American pastor affiliated with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is demanding that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “renounce his racist Mormon religion.” At a press conference on Monday, Rev. O’Neal Dozier, who is an honorary chairman of Santorum’s Florida campaign, said that he was speaking out to “foster and…

Second judge strikes down Wisc. voter ID law

A second judge has ruled that Wisconsin Republicans’ efforts to require a photo identification before voting is unconstitutional because it abridges the right to vote, according to published reports. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said Monday that he was issuing a permanent injunction which prohibits Wisconsin lawmakers from ever…

White House: No change to U.S. Afghan strategy

The White House said Monday that US strategy would not change in Afghanistan despite the fallout from a US soldier’s shooting rampage which killed 16 civilians in a new jolt to America’s war policy. “Our strategic objectives have not changed and they will not change,” White House spokesman Jay Carney…

Fed takes wait-and-see approach on U.S. economy

A third straight month of strong US job creation is unlikely enough to budge the Federal Reserve’s policy makers from their easy-money stance when they meet Tuesday, analysts said. Even if Friday’s February jobs numbers suggest a firming of the US economy, the central bank’s leadership remains unconvinced about any…

Santorum: Endangered Species Act puts ‘critters above people’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the federal government has gone too far in trying to protect endangered species by putting “critters above people.” At the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on Monday, the candidate was asked how he would balance the need for environmental protection with the…

U.S. Army among 141 groups pulling ads from Limbaugh

A memo being circulated by the distribution company behind Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh has revealed a massive flight from Limbaugh’s program in the wake of his offensive comments about a Georgetown law student. The companies include major corporate players like Sony, British Petroleum, McDonald’s, NBC, Toyota, Subway, Lowes, Autozone,…

Democrats leading GOP by 25 points among women

The Republican fight against health care rights for women may end up hurting the party on election day, according to a new poll. A Washington Post survey released Monday found that Democrats are perceived as caring more about issues that are important to women by 25 points, 55 percent to…

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