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NOM sees correlation between its pledge and Ron Paul’s failures

After former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage noted that Texas Rep. Ron Paul was the only Republican candidate that hadn’t signed its pledge and was also the only one who failed to win a single primary or caucus. The group is…

Republicans ‘struggling to woo Latinos’

Astrid Silva came to the United States aged four with her parents from Mexico in search of “the American dream.” She’s 23 now and fears being deported every day. She is one reason Republicans are struggling to woo Latinos — key voters in heavily Hispanic states like Nevada, Colorado and…

Pacifists protest possible war against Iran

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Saturday in New York and pacifist groups took to the streets in dozens of other US and Canadian cities in a “Day of Mass Action” against a possible war with Iran. About 500 protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square and marched to the headquarters of the…

Eighth-grader sells marijuana packed brownies to classmates

It turned out not to be your typical brownie sale at one New York City middle school, as a student placed an interesting ingredient in treats prepared for her classmates. According to The New York Daily News, an eighth-grade girl sold brownies containing marijuana out of her bookbag at Intermediate…

Seven arrested, tents seized as police target Occupy DC

Police in riot gear clamped down on the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, seizing tents and bedding from the four-month-old tent colony and arresting seven protesters. Stunned members of Occupy DC in McPherson Square, three blocks from the White House, shouted words of anger, but otherwise put…

Indiana GOP Secretary of State guilty of voter fraud

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted of six felony charges Saturday morning, including three counts of voter fraud, according to The Indianapolis Star. White’s case stemmed from providing incorrect information about where he lived while campaigning for secretary of state in 2009 and 2010. He claimed that…

Obama urges passage of mortgage relief

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to approve his plan to provide relief to millions of homeowners who are having trouble paying mortgages. “In order to lower mortgage payments for millions of Americans, we need Congress to act,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “They’re…

Jack Abramoff launches blog dedicated to rooting out corruption

Super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who became the poster boy for government corruption during the George W. Bush administration, has been born again as a corruption-fighter. His new blog, Republic Report, carries the slogan “Investigating how money corrupts democracy.” The blog is run in cooperation with United Republic, a group dedicated to…

Anonymous’s data dump from hacked lawfirm may have unintended consequences

The hactivist collective Anonymous has hacked into the website of a lawfirm that defended a U.S. Marine who admitted having led the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005. However, unlike the group’s other achievement of the day — the interception of a conference call between the FBI…

New York sues banks over fraudulent foreclosures

The state of New York sued major US banks on Friday for fraudulently foreclosing on thousands of homeowners in the state in the wake of the nationwide housing crash. The state is suing JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, along with Virginia-based MERSCORP, which it called a “shell…

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