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U.S. sponsors global meet on religious tolerance

International experts will be invited to attend a conference in the United States this year on the free expression of religious beliefs, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday. “Later this year, the United States intends to invite relevant experts from around the world to the first of what we hope will be…

Charges dropped against woman who grew organic garden, but new charges filed

A Detroit woman who was facing jail time for growing an organic garden in her home’s front yard is no longer in legal jeopardy on that charge, her attorney said this week — but she’s now facing charges on a new “crime”: not having proper licenses for her two dogs.…

U.S. ‘running out of time’ on debt deal: Obama

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Friday said the United States was “running out of time” to reach a deal on raising the country’s debt ceiling to avert a possible early August default. “We are obviously running out of time. And so what I’ve said to the members of Congress is…

Watch live: President Obama speaks about debt ceiling negotiations

President Barack Obama will speak to reporters Friday about negotiations with Republicans to raise the nation’s debt limit. Watch this live video from the White House. The event is expect to begin shortly after 11 a.m. ET. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Fox host rips ‘radical liberal left’ over own 9/11 misstatement

When the conservative Fox News Channel’s own Eric Bolling said earlier this week that there were no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil during the Bush administration, what he really meant was that Americans were kept safe following the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history on Sept. 11, 2011. And…

CNN host says Fox News avoiding coverage of News Corp. scandals

A CNN host yesterday noted that Fox News “has apparently gone out of its way to avoid reporting on its parent company’s troubles.” Shortly after the comment, the network showed a behind-the-scenes clip from Tuesday of a Fox program dedicated to media criticism, where the hosts asked each other during…

Obama demands debt decision as global alarm spreads

US President Barack Obama was to address the nation Friday after giving divided lawmakers 24-36 hours to strike a deal to avert a possible August debt default that has sparked global alarm. After days of tense negotiations and downgrade warnings from credit ratings agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, Obama…

Rachel Maddow: Rick Perry next in line for GOP establishment support

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who initiated a controversial Christian prayer summit, is the new favorite 2012 presidential candidate among establishment Republicans, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. On her show Thursday night, Maddow noted that key staffers for GOP candidate Newt Gingrich left his campaign and are moving towards Perry.…

Ron Paul and six other Republicans refuse to sign Family Leader pledge

Ron Paul joined six other Republican presidential candidates Thursday in refusing to sign the controversial Family Leader “marriage vow.” Paul adviser Jesse Benton told Politico that he would not sign the pledge in its current form. So far, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum are the only presidential candidates to have…

Lawrence O’Donnell: Rep. Cantor ‘an incompetent amateur’

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Thursday night, calling him “an incompetent amateur who deserves no place in Congressional leadership.” According to a Democratic aide, Cantor rudely interrupted the president during talks on the federal debt ceiling on Wednesday, leading Sen. Harry Reid to call him…

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