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Transgender activists glitter bomb Dan Savage again

Transgender activists threw glitter on sex columnist and gay rights advocate Dan Savage over the weekend before his appearance at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, according to Xtra. The six people who pulled off the stunt accused Savage of being “ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist attitudes and views.”…

Starbucks to start selling wine and beer in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — Starbucks is to start selling wine and beer in some stores in southern California and Atlanta, Georgia, expanding a move which has worked well around its northwest US base, the coffee giant said Monday. The Seattle-based global coffee shop franchise said it will also sell “premium food…

Pro-life, pro-choice camps mark anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — Both camps in the abortion debate took to the streets in Washington on Monday, 39 years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion, pushing the hot-button issue up the election-year agenda. They staged rival demonstrations, with several hundred opponents of abortion gathering in a light drizzle in the National…

Obama hails new EU sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed new European Union sanctions imposing an embargo on Iranian oil to stifle funds reaching Tehran’s suspect nuclear program. Obama applauded the actions of the European Union “to impose additional sanctions on Iran in response to the regime’s continuing failure to fulfill…

Appeals court rejects Padilla torture lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against current and former government officials for their alleged roles in the detention and torture of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen and convicted terrorist. Padilla previously sued former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and…

Arkansas Dem’s pet murdered, with ‘LIBERAL’ scrawled on corpse

An Arkansas Democrat has a message for whomever killed his kids’ cat: “I’ve got a gun and I know how to use it.” According to the Blue Arkansas blog, the campaign manager to Ken Aden, who’s running for the state’s third congressional district, came home last night to discover the…

U.S. soldier accused of killings of 24 Iraqi civilians reaches plea deal

LOS ANGELES — A US Marine accused in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians pleaded guilty Monday to negligence, as manslaughter charges were dropped in a deal under which he faces three months’ imprisonment at most. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, the commander of a group of Marines whose other…

Washington state to legalize same sex marriage

After obtaining the 25 votes required for passage, the state of Washington appears ready to legalize same sex marriage. State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D) said she would be the final vote and released a statement. “I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures…

CIA whistleblower charged for leaking torture secrets

A former CIA official who publicly confirmed the waterboarding of top Al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah was charged Monday with leaking classified information to journalists, including the identities of two CIA officers. John Kiriakou, who served with the CIA between 1990 and 2004, was charged with violating a law that makes…

Hacker cracks Sen. Grassley’s Twitter, corrects his grammar

A hacker claiming to be a “follower” of Anonymous gained access to the Twitter page of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Monday afternoon, posting a bevy of tweets intended to embarrass the long-time politician. He claimed he was particularly motivated by Grassley’s support of SOPA and PIPA, the anti-piracy bills recently…

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