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US groups deny Egypt charges of political meddling

Accused of interference in Egypt’s affairs, US pro-democracy groups whose staff are to be tried in Cairo reject charges they are working secretly for the US government, which largely finances them. Barrie Freeman, director of the North Africa region for the National Democratic Institute (NDI), one of the US groups…

Marine snipers posed with Nazi SS symbol in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The commander of a group of U.S. Marines who were photographed in Afghanistan with what looks like a Nazi SS flag concluded they were acting out of ignorance rather than bigotry and decided not to punish them, a Marine Corps spokesman said on Thursday. Outrage over…

U.S. military loosens rules on women in combat units

The US military opened up some dangerous jobs to female troops but stopped short of repealing a ban on women serving in combat, despite a decade of war where women fought and died on the battlefield. The Pentagon announced incremental changes that will allow women to serve in more than…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning arraignment for February 23

WASHINGTON — US Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of giving a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, is to be formally charged later this month ahead of a court-martial, the US Army said Thursday. Manning, 24, is accused of one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history and…

Illinois lawmakers introduce bill to legalize same sex marriage

Three Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would grant same sex couples all the marriage rights now exclusively available to heterosexual couples, according to the Associated Press. The bill, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, was proposed to the Illinois House by Reps. Greg Harris, Deborah Mell, and…

Petition urges Obama to replace five FEC commissioners

A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website calling for President Barack Obama to nominate new commissioners to the Federal Elections Commission has gained enough signatures to require an official response. The petition was created and promoted by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other…

Colorado student who ‘glitter bombed’ Romney faces up to six months in jail

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado student faced misdemeanor charges on Wednesday for flinging glitter toward Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in an increasingly frequent protest act some commentators say should be subject to prosecution. The practice of “glitter bombing” has mainly been the domain of gay rights activists targeting Republican…

Reid: Birth control row ‘senseless’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top ally in the US Senate on Thursday condemned as “senseless” an angry spat over a White House plan to require most insurance plans to cover birth control for women. “That is so senseless,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said as Obama’s Republican foes…

Herman Cain: ‘Stupid people and ignorant people are ruining America’

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain triumphantly took the stage at CPAC this afternoon in front of a friendly crowd to explain something many attendees already believe: that their ideological opponents on the left aren’t “misguided” (as Sen. Rand Paul later offered) but downright stupid. “We must outsmart the liberals,” Cain…

Pelosi pushes for DISCLOSE Act: Colbert must be stopped

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) released a satirical video on Thursday that urges Americans to support the DISCLOSE Act by attacking comedian Stephen Colbert and his super PAC. “Stephen Colbert used to be my friend,” she says in the video. “I even signed the poor baby’s cast when he hurt…

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