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Texas sues Justice Dept. to speed implementation of voter ID law

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, claiming the agency has delayed the approval of a voter ID law. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department or a federal court is required to pre-clear laws affecting voters…

Gay groups angry Kansas anti-sodomy law remains on books

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – Gay rights groups are outraged that a Kansas state law banning sex between people of the same gender was left off statutes Governor Sam Brownback wants to repeal, even though the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 ruled such a Texas law unconstitutional. Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma…

Los Angeles forces porn actors to wear condoms

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law Tuesday an ordinance requiring porn actors to use condoms, a measure welcomed by AIDS campaigners. City lawmakers voted in favor of the law earlier this month, in the latest move in a battle between AIDS activists and the California-based…

Occupy DC faces no-camping clampdown ‘very soon’

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) said Tuesday it will “very soon” clamp down on a Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street that pitched camp near the White House nearly four months ago. Testifying on Capitol Hill, NPS director Jonathan Jarvis defended his federal agency’s decision to tolerate open-ended…

Congress urged to return ‘dirty money’ from the MPAA

The media reform group Free Press has called on Members of Congress to return all campaign donations they have received from the Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby. “The MPAA is so brazen in its efforts to buy legislation with campaign cash that its leader, himself…

MSNBC host to Joe Walsh: You ‘lack a level of integrity’

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Tuesday accused tea party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) of lacking ‘a level of integrity’ for opposing President Barack Obama over the nation’s debt while owing thousands in unpaid child support himself. It was revealed last year that Walsh owed over $100,000 in unpaid child support. MSNBC…

JFK saw ‘tough day’ on eve of assassination

NEW YORK — In an unintentionally ominous prediction, John F. Kennedy said ahead of a trip to Dallas, where he would be assassinated, that he was expecting a “tough day,” secret recordings reveal. The John F Kennedy Presidential Library on Tuesday released 45 hours of recordings that Kennedy made of…

Romney: Obama will ‘divide our nation’ with State of the Union speech

President Barack Obama hasn’t even given his State of the Union address yet, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is already accusing the president of using the speech to “divide our nation.” Speaking to supporters at a factory in Tampa, Florida Tuesday morning, Romney stood underneath a sign that read…

Oklahoma GOP lawmaker believes food contains human fetuses

An Oklahoma lawmaker is convinced that some food coming into his state contains portions of human fetuses. According to the KGMG talk radio, state Sen. Ralph Shortey (R) has filed a bill that bans foods or products using aborted human fetuses. “There is a potential that there are companies that…

Gingrich threatens to boycott debates without applause

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday warned that he might not participate in future debates if moderators didn’t allow his fans to cheer. NBC News had asked the audience at Monday night’s debate in Florida to hold their applause until the commercial breaks — and Gingrich was perceived to…

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