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Democratic lawmakers reintroduce Access to Birth Control Act

Two Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that would prevent pharmacies from denying birth control based on religious beliefs. Sen Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Tuesday introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act in the House and Senate, a week after the Institute of Medicine…

McCain uses ‘Lord of the Rings’ to make fun of tea party

Amid a speech on Washington’s self-inflicted debt crisis, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday that the tea party’s political strategy is essentially bogus and plays into Democrats’ hands, and urged tea party Republicans to support House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to extend the debt limit for another nine months. Describing…

Groups praise Obama admin. decision to reconsider homosexual blood ban

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said this week that it would review its decades-old policy of banning blood donations from homosexual and bisexual men, drawing praise from advocacy groups which call the prohibition discriminatory and lacking in scientific basis. The ban was introduced in 1983, at…

GOP fault lines deepen as Boehner says tea party seeks ‘chaos’ in debt deal

The longer the nation’s debt crisis goes unsolved, it seems, the deeper and uglier the fault lines within the Republican Party grow. Paul Teller, the executive director of the Republican Study Committee, a large policy group made up of House Republicans, came under fire from a group of Republicans who…

Karl Rove’s Crossroads trolls for guys on gay hook-up app Grindr

Conservative political group Crossroads GPS, co-founded by former Bush adviser Karl Rove, is notorious for spending millions on political advertising, most recently doling out $20 million for anti-Obama ads. It wasn’t until this week, however, that the placement of their ads drew as much attention as the content. A tipster…

U.S. man operates on himself with butter knife

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – A 63-year-old American man with a hernia plunged a butter knife into his abdomen to try to fix the problem, and later put a lit cigarette in the wound, according to police. Police found the man lying naked on the porch of his apartment in…

U.S. judge upholds federal embryonic stem cell funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday upheld the federal government’s rules that allow funding of human embryonic stem cell research, ruling for the Obama administration. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines on such research do not violate federal law and…

Al Franken urges rejection of AT&T T-Mobile deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Al Franken called on federal regulators on Tuesday to reject AT&T Inc’s proposed buy of rival T-Mobile, saying it would mean pricier wireless and could cost thousands of jobs. AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, is seeking regulators’ approval to buy T-Mobile USA, a unit…

International Space Station to be ‘sunk’ after 2020

Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the space agency said on Wednesday. “After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS.…

No link between 9/11 exposure and cancer: U.S.

A US government review of scientific studies has shown no proof that exposure to the dust and rubble from the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001 caused cancer. The review of peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature sparked anger among some firefighters, police and other first responders…

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