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Florida Senate panel approves plan to drug test welfare recipients

A bill to mandate drug tests for welfare recipients was unanimously approved by a Florida Senate panel earlier this week, putting the proposal one step closer to coming up for a full Senate vote of approval. The legislation, S.B. 556, would also require that welfare applicants pay for their own…

DOJ: New Orleans police unfairly targeting LGBT people

A recently released report by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found a pattern of systemic problems within the New Orleans Police Department, including use of lethal force, racial profiling and discriminatory policing. One particularly disturbing section of the report (.pdf) found that police unfairly targeted gay and transgender people.…

Report: Jim DeMint not running for president in 2012

WASHINGTON – Tea party hero and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) has privately ruled out a presidential run in 2012, according to the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza. Though he was never a top contender, DeMint carries significant weight with the tea party movement, which is expected to play an important…

First official GOP candidate for 2012 is gay and doesn’t care for Sarah Palin

Meet Fred Karger: He’s the first official entrant in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He’s also openly gay, a proud feminist, pro-same sex marriage, pro-abortion-rights, and a critic of Sarah Palin who thinks many Republicans are hypocrites. “There is no place for hatred and bigotry in this…

FBI dedicates $1 billion to massive biometrics identification program

The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced recently that it is dedicating up to $1 billion for a Lockheed Martin-developed system that will enable on-the-fly analysis of detailed identification information that can be instantaneously shared with law enforcement all around the world. It’s called the “Next Generation Identification System” (NGIS), and…

Christian group castigates Obama for urging tolerance toward gays

A right-leaning Christian group is outraged that that an Obama administration joint statement with the United Nations opposes the criminalization of homosexuality. The Family Rights Council (FRC) has taken to calling the resolution “Operation International Tolerance.” “While American forces bomb away at Libya, the Obama administration is launching another global…

Obama curtails Miranda rights for American terrorism suspects

The Obama administration has created a new policy that allows investigators to waive Miranda warnings for domestic-terror suspects, even when there is not an “immediate threat,” a report said Thursday. The rule was revealed by an FBI memorandum obtained by The Wall Street Journal. It says that in “exceptional cases,”…

In ‘message’ to big business, Maine governor LePage orders labor mural removed

Exclusive update: Artist ‘disappointed’ by decision The Republican governor of Maine has a wild idea: displace history to make the state appear more friendly to wealth. That’s precisely what Gov. Paul LePage has ordered. In the state’s Department of Labor building, a 36-foot mural depicting the history of labor movements…

Bart Stupak: People still ‘b*tch me out’ in airports for helping pass health care

Retired Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said in an interview that he still gets “accosted” and “bitch[ed] out” in airports for his role in helping pass health care reform one year ago in the final stretch. “I still get accosted,” Stupak told The Atlantic‘s Chris Good. “It’s been amazing to me…

Ohio bill that would ban most abortions put on hold

A bill that would restrict most abortions in Ohio has been put on hold — at least for now. The House Health Health Committee decided Wednesday to put off voting on the bill that would outlaw abortions after as soon as doctors can detect the first heatbeat of the fetus.…

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