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Hundreds protest bid to gut Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – A mother battling breast cancer, celebrities and lawmakers joined a rally in Washington Thursday to plead with US lawmakers not to cut funding for women’s reproductive health programs from the 2011 budget. “Over the past few years I’ve been battling stage three breast cancer, but this is not…

Senators urge gov’t to accept green card applications from same sex couples

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is calling on the Obama administration to stop denying green card applications submitted by same sex bi-national couples. The Massachusetts senator and 11 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter (.pdf) to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Wednesday asking them to hold…

House passes GOP one-week stopgap bill, Obama threatens veto

WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a GOP-offered one-week stopgap measure just before it passed the Republican-led House 247-181 with less than 36 hours before government funding would run out. “This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a…

Nadler: GOP budget would ‘take us back to the 19th century’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) had some choice words for the ten-year Republican budget proposal developed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). “This is truly a budget to take us back to the 19th century in every way,” the New York Democrat said Wednesday during a press conference. “No…

George Allen apologizes for assuming African-American reporter played sports

Former Virginia governor and former senator George Allen (R) is already getting himself into trouble during his attempt to reclaim his Senate seat. Allen apparently assumed that a tall African-American reporter from NBC 4 played sports. “For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen…

Shock poll: 46% of Mississippi Republicans think interracial marriage should be illegal

A new poll out of Mississippi finds that in a bastion of America’s south, many Republican voters have tightly held onto the old, hateful views of race as a dividing line in society. A full 46 percent of Mississippi Republicans said they believe interracial marriage should be illegal, according to…

Beck wants host who called for Bush’s indictment to replace him

Shortly after right-wing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck announced plans to step away from his on-air role on Fox News, Fox Business’s libertarian host Judge Napolitano invited him on to chat about what’s next. Instead of the typical Beck conspiracy narrative, they both took the opportunity to hurl a few rather…

Harry Reid concedes that a shutdown is likely, blaming GOP ideological provisions

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) conceded Thursday morning that a government shutdown was likely, less than 12 hours after claiming progress had been made and seeming hopeful about a budget deal. “I am not nearly as optimistic — and that’s an understatement — as I was 11…

Obama admin. says $675,000 is an appropriate punishment for sharing 30 songs

Making good on its earlier promises, the Obama Administration went to court this week to defend the unpopular Copyright Act and what critics call as its extremely high per-song fines. In a recent appeal of a decision that gutted a $675,000 finding against an Internet user who downloaded and shared…

Poll: Majority of Republicans welcome a shutdown

WASHINGTON – A Gallup poll released Wednesday and circulated by Senate Democrats found that Americans decidedly want to see the two parties compromise and reach a budget deal. But a majority of Republicans wanted their leaders to “[h]old out for the basic budget plan they want, even if that means…

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