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Colorado Supreme Court approves anti-abortion ‘personhood’ ballot initiative

The Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state’s constitution could be placed on the 2012 ballot. Planned Parenthood had filed a complaint to keep the proposed amendment off the ballot, claiming the initiative was misleading to voters because it did not explain the…

Democratic Convention chair: Party platform should include marriage equality

The chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday announced support for including same sex marriage in the party’s official platform. During a Politico Playbook breakfast, Mike Allen asked Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa if he thought the “Democratic national platform should have a marriage equality plank?” “I do,”…

Obama slams rivals over ‘phony’ $2 gas plans

President Barack Obama on Wednesday rebuked foes who promise “three-point plans for two dollar gas,” aiming to deflect election year attacks sparked by rising US petrol prices. Obama’s remarks came as he traveled to the swing state of North Carolina to visit a Daimler Trucks plant to tout a new…

Bill Maher defends Rush Limbaugh on Twitter

HBO host Bill Maher launched an unlikely defense for Rush Limbaugh Tuesday evening, urging liberals to back off from the much maligned radio host. “Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting,” Maher wrote on his Twitter page. “Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout.” Maher has his own…

Utah Senate passes bill banning contraception education

The Utah Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would effectively ban comprehensive education about human sexuality, forcing schools to teach abstinence or nothing at all. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Gary Herbert (R) to be signed into law. The governor has declined to say…

NFL Colts let Peyton Manning go

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are parting ways after 14 NFL seasons that included a Super Bowl title in 2007, the quarterback confirmed at an emotional press conference on Wednesday. Both 35-year-old Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay stressed how hard it was to make the decision, which will…

Anti-abortion activist could receive Oklahoma Democratic delegates

Anti-abortion activist and presidential candidate Randall Terry could end up with a delegate at the Democratic National Convention after winning 18 percent of the vote against President Barack Obama in the Oklahoma primary Tuesday. Terry, the founder of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, finished ahead of the other two candidates on…

Study shows birth control saves taxpayer money

In recent weeks, conservatives have complained about being forced to pay for other people’s birth control, but a recently released study indicates that increasing availability to contraception actually saves taxpayer money. A report released by The Brookings Institution this week showed that a $235 million program to expand access to…

Former NJ gov. poses as mentally ill man at homeless shelter

Earlier this week, a former governor of New Jersey went undercover to expose the struggle homeless people go through if they are mentally ill. Democratic state Sen. Richard Codey, who briefly took over as governor after Jim McGreevey (D) resigned in 2004, began calling homeless shelters last November only to…

Blogger demonstrates serious flaw in TSA body scanners

A blogger on Tuesday published a video showing how he had snuck a small metal case through the Transportation and Security Administration’s (TSA) “billion dollar fleet” of so-called nude body scanners. Engineer Jonathan Corbett, who runs the blog TSA Out of Our Pants, explained that the problem lies in how…

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