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‘Disappointed’ supporters greet Obama in California

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hundreds of protesters, mostly Hispanics demanding immigration reform, gathered to vent their disappointment with US President Barack Obama as he visited California. Many of the activists said they were Obama supporters but felt let down by the slow pace of the change he promised in his…

Iowa professor to Republicans: F*** you!

A professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa has found herself in hot water after responding to an email sent out by a campus Republican group with the simple inflammatory message, “F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS.” The response was prompted by an email promoting “Conservative Coming Out Week” that was sent…

Rutgers suicide labeled a hate crime

A former Rutgers University freshman accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex encounter was charged Wednesday with a hate crime. The recording allegedly led to the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi. This video is from CBS News, broadcast April 21, 2011.…

Nevada Sen. John Ensign resigns amid ethics probe

Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) announced Thursday he will resign his seat on May 3, due to a Senate ethics committee investigation over his extramarital affair with a former campaign aide. “It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proclaims ‘Days of Prayer for Rain’

Republican Governor Rick Perry has issued an official proclamation urging Texans to pray for rain in the midst of a severe drought that has sparked more than 8,000 wildfires. “These dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle…

No-smoking laws could span US by 2020: study

WASHINGTON — About half the United States has banned smoking in bars, restaurants or workplaces, and similar no-smoking policies could span the nation by 2020, the government said Thursday. Over the past decade, 25 states have enacted laws that prohibit smoking indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…

Obama heckled at fundraiser by Bradley Manning supporters

WASHINGTON – Ten supporters of accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning paid at least $5,000 to attend a fundraiser with President Barack Obama Thursday and interrupted his speech with a song protesting soldier’s treatment. Obama was speaking at a San Francisco hotel to a room of about 200 donors — some…

Dems defend claim that GOP voted to ‘end Medicare’

WASHINGTON – Democrats on Thursday defended their assertion that Republicans “voted to end Medicare,” after a respected fact-checking organization rated it among the most deceitful political lies. The claim came in an ad attacking House Republicans for voting last Friday to pass a budget plan that erodes Medicare over time.…

San Quentin inmates save drowning boaters

Inmates at San Quentin rushed early Wednesday morning to save two boaters who had fallen overboard in the frigid San Francisco Bay waters. One man and one woman fell into the water while trying to restart their boat, according to KTVU. The man later died but the woman was treated…

Oklahoma 4th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making it the fourth state to ban such late term abortions. She also signed a law preventing health insurers from covering elective abortions. Fallin, a Republican serving her…

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