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Dan Savage ‘freaked out’ by Santorum surge

Gay activist and sex columnist Dan Savage told Mother Jones in a recent interview that he was “freaked out” by the rise of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. National polls have found the staunch social conservative surging ahead of longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney. In early February, he came in first…

Romney: Obama ‘gave’ car companies to UAW

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted that President Barack Obama made a mistake by saving the U.S. auto industry because “the president gave those companies” to the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union. During a CNN debate in Mesa, Arizona, the former Massachusetts governor admitted that he had…

The money men shaping the election campaign

WASHINGTON — A quarter of the money that has fuelled a bitter nomination battle among Republican White House hopefuls, from which no settled favorite has yet emerged, has come from just five super-rich Americans. The sway that wealthy donors have been able to exert has come about due to them…

Three U.S. lawmakers sent threatening letters: official

Three US lawmakers received threatening letters containing a harmless white powder, but the sender said more missives including a “harmful material” could follow, a Senate official said Wednesday. The anonymous sender “has indicated that additional letters containing a powdery substance will be arriving at more Senate offices,” Senate sergeant-at-arms Terrance…

Plea deal for Pakistani at Guantanamo: report

WASHINGTON — A Pakistani held at Guantanamo Bay has reached a plea agreement with US prosecutors that will require him to testify at the trials of other terror suspects in return for a reduced sentence, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing US officials. Majid Shoukat Khan, 31, who has been…

Virginia approves toned-down abortion ultrasound bill

Lawmakers in Virginia approved Wednesday a watered-down version of a highly contested bill requiring women in the eastern US state to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. By a 65-32 vote, the Republican-dominated House of Delegates gave its green light to 11th hour revisions proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell…

Judge rules Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

A district court judge ruled Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act discriminated against married same sex couples and violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. The Defense of Marriage Act was enacted in 1996 and Section 3 of the law, which the case challenged, defined marriage…

Contraception battle spreads to state legislatures

The political fight over the new federal contraception mandate has made its way to several state legislatures, where conservative lawmakers hope to block the Obama administration’s new rules, according to Politico. In recent weeks, a controversy has erupted over the issue of employers being required to provide birth control coverage,…

GOP refuses to broadcast House Dems’ contraception hearing

Updated, below — When House Republicans invited an all-male panel to discuss why religious institutions oppose giving their female employees access to reproductive health products, Democrats proposed a single female witness, who was promptly denied. In response, Democrats are planning their own contraceptives hearing — but the problem is, Republicans…

CNN host to Franklin Graham: ‘You’re a Republican in preachers clothing’

Evangelist Franklin Graham is still refusing to say whether he believes President Barack Obama is a Christian. The son of Rev. Bill Graham ignited a controversy on MSNBC Tuesday with comments that suggested he had some doubt about the president’s faith. When questioned directly about the issue by CNN’s Kyra…

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