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Pelosi backs marriage equality for official DNC platform

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has thrown her support to adding a call for marriage equality to the official platform of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), according to a Washington, D.C. LGBT publication. Pelosi, whose constituency includes San Francisco, reportedly broke the news exclusively to Metro Weekly shortly after…

Couple arrested for bondage role-playing on Valentine’s Day

A couple in Portland, Oregon found themselves spending Valentine’s Day in jail after their bondage role-playing resulted in nine police cruisers being dispatched. Responding to reports that a naked woman was seen tied up in the back of a car with duct tape over her mouth, Portland police converged on…

Drug bust at Christian university nets 17 students

After a six-month investigation, police have arrested 17 students, including four football players, from Texas Christian University (TCU) Wednesday morning for selling marijuana, ecstasy pills and other drugs on campus. Authorities took the students into custody discovered that they sold a wide variety of drugs, according to TCU360.com. Prescription drugs…

Florida Senate rebukes governor’s plan to sell off state prisons

Thanks to the refusal of nine Republican state Senators, Florida will not be selling 26 state-run prisons to privately owned corporations. A bill which proposed the largest prison privatization in U.S. history was struck down Wednesday morning by a vote of 21-19, despite the backing of the Republican Party and…

NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ searches increased over 600 percent under Bloomberg

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) revealed Tuesday evening that the New York Police Department (NYPD) stopped and interrogated more people under Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) in 2011 than ever before, with minorities being a regular target. The NYPD detained 684,330 people under a stop-and-frisk procedure, a 600 percent…

Romney: ‘Living life makes you more conservative’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday explained his extreme change in positions since serving as the governor of Massachusetts by saying that he had gotten more conservative by “living life.” Speaking to Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday, half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) had worried that Romney…

Elie Wiesel calls out Romney on Mormon church’s proxy baptisms

Elie Wiesel, the renowed Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is requesting that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney urge the Mormon church to abandon the practice of posthumous baptisms of non-Mormons. In an interview with The Huffington Post Tuesday, Wiesel addressed the issue after learning that his own name…

TSA says woman has ‘cute figure,’ asks for three body scans

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) is coming under fire for allegedly doing “peep show” naked body scans of women who agents think are attractive. Ellen Terrell told CBS 11 in Dallas that agents at DFW International Airport asked her to go through the invasive scanner three times because “[t]hey…

Austin police swarm white man for walking with black granddaughter

The Austin Police Department (APD) was unapologetic Wednesday after a swarm of officers detained a white man over the weekend, simply for walking home with his black granddaughter. As it happens, that man was journalist-turned-political consultant Scott Henson, who writes the blog Grits for Breakfast, covering criminal justice reform issues.…

Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ bill advances in Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion on Tuesday by approving “personhood” legislation that grants individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 66-32 in favor of defining the word person under state law to include unborn…

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