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Focus on the Family admits DOMA hurts children

Focus on the Family senior vice president Tom Minnery was forced to admit Wednesday that a federal ban on same sex marriage puts children at a financial disadvantage. Minnery was quizzed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) while appearing before a Senate panel that is considering legislation to repeal the Defense…

Institute of Medicine recommends free birth control for all

Buried in a 260-page health care report prepared for the federal government, a bombshell recommendation was made: Birth control should be available and free for all women. The Institute of Medicine released its report and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services for women’s health care this week,…

Franken grills anti-gay rights leader at marriage hearing

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) dismantled Focus on the Family senior vice president Tim Minnery’s claim that children are better off with married straight parents. Minnery had tried to use a 2010 Department of Health and Human Services study to back up his assertion.…

O’Reilly blames ‘secularism’ for student cheating

During a Tuesday segment about cheating in Atlanta schools, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly declared that “secularism” was at the core of the problem. “Do you believe that 95 percent of kids cheat?” liberal radio host Alan Colmes asked O’Reilly. “I would put the number about 85 probably,” O’Reilly said. “It’s…

Anger at government highest in 19 years: poll

Dissatisfaction and anger with the federal government are at a nearly 20-year high, according to the results of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday. When asked how they felt about the federal government, 80 percent of poll respondents said that they felt dissatisfied or even angry about the…

An unprecedented 1 in 66 Americans is a diagnosed psychotic

By Robert Johnson Outselling even common drugs to treat high blood pressure and acid reflux, antipsychotic medications are the single top-selling prescription drug in the United States. Once reserved for hard-core, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest type of mental illnesses to treat hallucinations, delusions or major thought disorders; today, the…

San Francisco police arrest 35 protesting fatal shooting

About 150 people showed up in San Francisco’s Mission and Castro districts Tuesday to protest the police’s fatal shooting of 19-year-old parolee Kenneth Harding. After declaring the protest an unlawful assembly, police arrested 35. One sign held by protesters read, “They can’t shoot us all / fuck the police.” Watch…

Minnesota legislature approves budget to end shutdown

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Minnesota legislature approved on Wednesday in a marathon special session all the budget bills needed to end a state government shutdown that has lasted nearly three weeks. Called to a special session on Tuesday afternoon, the state House and Senate approved all 12 bills put to…

Obama pushes for ’11th-hour’ debt deal

US President Barack Obama has urged polarized lawmakers to find an “11th-hour” deal to avert a calamitous August debt default, but said he saw progress as he praised a new bipartisan plan. The US leader warned on Tuesday that time was running out to forge a broad deficit-cutting compromise amid…

Clinton urges more aid for Africa drought

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged global donors on Wednesday to commit extra funds to help more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa hit by the worst drought in 60 years. “The United States cannot solve the crisis in the Horn alone,” Clinton said, announcing an…

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