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Oklahoma state senator’s sign: ‘If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f*ck a senator’

At a recent rally against a so-called “personhood” bill currently favored by Oklahoma lawmakers, state senator Judy McIntyre (D) was photographed holding a sign that read: “IF I WANTED THE GOVERNMENT IN MY WOMB, I’D FUCK A SENATOR.” Explaining to a local reporter that she’d just borrowed the sign from…

Geithner defends Obama’s Wall Street reforms

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the financial sector overhaul enacted after the 2008 meltdown, saying the safeguards could have gone a long way toward averting the crisis. “Some people seem to be suffering from amnesia about how close America came to complete financial collapse under the outdated regulatory system…

DOJ casts wide net with mortgage subpoenas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Justice Department inquiry into the packaging and sale of home loans by the biggest U.S. banks casts a wide net and appears to significantly overlap with other enforcement efforts, according to people who have viewed subpoenas sent to the firms. The civil subpoenas that were…

Controversy over Washington Metro ad: ‘Go to hell Barack’

In the heat of a US presidential election year, with Americans immune to the polarized and bitter nature of political discourse, it takes a lot to shock them, especially in Washington. But one ad at a DC Metro station — which starts off criticizing Obama’s health care reforms and ends…

Feminists warn pols not to erode women’s gains

Feminists in the United States, “fed up” with election-year attempts to erode their hard-won gains, issued a sharp reminder that women make up a voting bloc that cannot be ignored. HERvotes, a coalition of 51 women’s groups, vowed to ensure that several decades of progress in health care, education and…

Escort services allege acting sexy is illegal in Utah

Three escort services claim Utah law makes it too easy for undercover police to arrest people for prostitution, alleging that simply acting sexy could be grounds for arrest. Baby Dolls Escorts, Companions LLC and TT II have filed a complaint over the law, arguing it is too broad and makes…

63 percent of voters back Obama birth control policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor President Barack Obama’s policy requiring birth control coverage for female employees, including clear majorities of Roman Catholic, Protestant evangelical and independent voters, a poll showed on Thursday. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,500 adults showed public opinion breaking more strongly according…

Ohio teen charged over school shooting

WASHINGTON — The Ohio teenager accused of America’s latest tragic school shooting was charged on Thursday with three counts of aggravated murder and two of attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said. The charges against TJ Lane, who gave himself up and confessed to police after Monday’s shooting spree at Chardon…

Obama pokes fun at birth controversy on Facebook

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama switched his Facebook page on Thursday to the social network’s new “timeline” format and poked fun at the controversy over his birthplace. The first entry on Obama’s revamped Facebook page lists his birthdate — August 4, 1961 — and provides a link to a…

House condemns death sentence of Iranian pastor

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday condemned Iran for sentencing an Iranian-born Christian pastor to death, in violation, US lawmakers said, of the “universal human right” of religion. By a unanimous vote of 418-0, US lawmakers called in a symbolic resolution for the immediate release of Yusef…

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