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New Jersey’s Chris Christie vetoes same-sex marriage

NEW YORK — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, after legislators had approved the measure, insisting the issue needed to be put to a referendum. Christie, a Republican, insisted the issue was so important “it should be left to the…

Maryland House of Delegates approves same-sex marriage

A Bill proposed by Maryland’s governor that will legalize same-sex marriage has passed in that state’s House of Delegates and will go to the Senate next week. According to the Baltimore Sun, a similar bill passed in the Senate last year but failed in the House by just a few…

Prominent Republicans may be getting nervous about Romney’s chances

With recent polls showing Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney either trailing or at best tied with Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary, some Republican leaders are starting to get nervous. One “prominent Republican senator” told ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl on Friday that “if Romney cannot win Michigan,…

Man arrested near Capitol in FBI terrorism sting

WASHINGTON — A Moroccan man was arrested Friday as he tried to carry out an Al-Qaeda suicide bombing in the US Capitol, under the watch of the FBI which was conducting a sting, officials said. The FBI said it conducted an undercover operation as part of a longstanding terrorism probe…

Son gives mother eviction notice for 98th birthday

Mary Kantorowski hasn’t seen her son in eight months so she was surprised to get an eviction notice from him on her 98th birthday. Peter Kantorowski told the Connecticut Post that he was evicting his mother for her own good. “She would be better off living with people her own…

‘Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’ claims enough signatures for Colo. ballot

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said Friday morning that it had turned in more than enough valid petition signatures to get their initiative on the ballot later this year. The activists said they had submitted 12,000 additional signatures, on top of the 163,000 submitted earlier this year. The additional…

GOP candidate wants to kick Santorum ‘in the jimmy’ for sexist remarks

The Republican candidate running for former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s (D-AZ) seat on Friday responded to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s comment about women in combat by saying she wanted to “kick him in the jimmy.” “I do have concerns about women in front line combat,” Santorum had told CNN’s John…

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…

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