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Bill Moyers on contraception debate: religious freedom includes freedom from it

In a video essay, Bill Moyers explains how the debate over contraception coverage under the new health care legislation highlights a religious debate that is one of the oldest in America. It’s one our forefathers struggled with, and one we continue to struggle with today. “If an individual Catholic worker…

Presbyterian minister faces punishment from the church over same-sex weddings performed in CA

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – A lesbian minister rebuked by the U.S. Presbyterian Church for blessing the weddings of same-sex couples in California was due to appear on Friday before the denomination’s highest court seeking to lift her censure. The ecclesiastical appeal for the Rev. Jane Spahr, 69, caps the…

House Ethics members walk away from Waters investigation

In an unprecedented announcement, six members of the House Ethics Committee said Friday they were recusing themselves from an investigation into Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), giving no reason for their sudden break from the case, which has been in the works for over three years. Members stepping away from the…

Conservative radio host accused of hit and run at gay bar

Houston police are investigating claims that a conservative radio host fled the scene after hitting a parked car at a popular local gay bar. Although police initially declined to press charges against Michael Berry, at least two witnesses have come forward and video evidence places him at the club around…

Brown opens large lead on Warren in shock poll

A poll published this week shows Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) opening a large lead on Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, even after previous polls showed trends moving in the opposite direction. Published Thursday night by Suffolk University, the survey (PDF) claimed Brown holds a 9 percent lead over Warren — surprising,…

Audit reveals foreclosure abuse is rampant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A report this week showing rampant foreclosure abuse in San Francisco reflects similar levels of lender fraud and faulty documentation across the United States, say experts and officials who have done studies in other parts of the country. The audit of almost 400 foreclosures in San…

Florida bill would slash minimum wage for tipped workers

A Florida Senate committee has followed the advice of a restaurant association and passed a bill that would cut the minimum wage for tipped workers by more than half. The bill, SB 2106, would slash the current Florida tipped minimum wage of of $4.65 an hour to the federal standard…

Congress passes payroll tax cut

Updated, below: Senate passes payroll tax cut, Obama to sign The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday extending a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, avoiding proposed cuts to other welfare programs that were favored by Republicans. Negotiators announced last night that they were finalizing the $150 billion…

ICE agent killed, another injured in incident of ‘workplace violence’

One immigration agent was killed and another injured Thursday in a shooting in a federal building in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, officials said. One agent shot and wounded another, after which a third agent shot and killed the original shooter, officials said in a late-evening press briefing, after…

Massachusetts town vows to defy indefinite detention law

A small town in Massachusetts says it is “opting out” of a federal law that allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial. The city of Northampton on Thursday passed a strongly worded resolution (PDF) to protest provisions of the federal government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which even…

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