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69 lawmakers urge protections for bi-national gay couples

A group of 69 Democratic House members Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide assurances that updated immigration policies would prevent the deportation of partners in same sex relationships. In letters (PDF) to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder, lawmakers applauded the August 18 Department of…

‘L-Word’ actress reacts to Southwest’s gay snub: I won’t apologize

Leisha Hailey, an actress who starred on “The L-Word” and performs in electro-pop band Uh Huh Her, took to the Twittersphere Monday evening in a tirade against Southwest Airlines. Hailey said that she had kissed another woman on a Southwest flight, and was told by an employee that Southwest was…

U.S. consumer confidence remains dark: survey

US consumer confidence remained near its lowest level in two years in September, a key survey showed Tuesday, as politicians continued to battle over how to boost the economy and add jobs. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index edged up just slightly from its August level of 45.2, to 45.4.…

Biden: GOP audience booing gay soldier was ‘reprehensible’

When asked about the booing of a gay soldier at a recent Republican presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden was nearly speechless Tuesday, something that does not happen very often. “What did you think of the booing that went on the other day about the gay soldier?” The View‘s Joy…

U.S. economy on ‘knife edge’ of contraction: Fed economist

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is on a ‘knife edge’ between growth and contraction and monetary policy tweaks do not seem to be helping, the Dallas Federal Reserve’s top economist said on Tuesday. The U.S. jobs engine has lost momentum and could be set for further “backtracking,” Dallas Fed chief…

WATCH LIVE: Climbers inspect Washington Monument

The Washington Monument Tuesday was being inspected for cracks caused by a recent earthquake. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Sept. 27, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Pepper-spraying cop accused of abusing Bush protesters in 2004

Activists have identified the senior New York Police Department officer who allegedly pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, and it’s not the first time he has been accused of civil rights abuses. The Guardian confirmed that the officer is Anthony Bologna, who was also accused of civil…

Watch Radiohead’s full performance on The Colbert Report

Monday night’s Colbert Report was extended to one full hour to feature special musical guests Radiohead, one of the most popular bands in the world. After a brief interview with the band, covering topics like why they’re opposed to corporate influence and their climate change activism, the band played several…

‘L-Word’ actress kicked off Southwest Air flight for being gay

Actress Leisha Hailey, known for her work on lesbian-centric television show “The L-Word,” claimed that she was escorted off a flight operated by Southwest Airlines this week because she is gay. “I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a “family” airline and kissing was…

Keith slams Fox News chief: Roger Ailes is no moderate

In a Monday night interview with Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas, Current TV’s liberal news host Keith Olbermann tore into a new interview by Daily Beast contributor Howard Kurtz, featuring the insight of Fox News director Roger Ailes. In the interview, Ailes told Kurtz that Fox News has…

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