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Weiner: Abortion is the ‘mother of all government regulation!’

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), well-known for his epics rants against Republicans, fumes at the GOP in a hearing about an anti-abortion measure. “You can’t vote for this [bill] and say you’re for less government regulation,” Weiner says. “It’s the mother of all government regulation! It’s the regulation of an individual…

Maryland Senate approves same-sex marriage

HILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Maryland State Senate passed legislation on Thursday night to allow same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Protection Act, approved by the heavily Democratic Senate on a 25-21 vote with strong support from the majority party, would effectively legalize gay marriage without forcing religious clergy to conduct marriages…

Wisconsin Assembly approves plan to curb unions

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The Wisconsin state Assembly on Friday passed a Republican plan to curb public sector union power over the fierce objections of protesters, setting the stage for a showdown with Senate Democrats who fled the state last week to prevent a vote in that chamber. After two…

Did Stephen Colbert join ‘Anonymous’?

On his show last night, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert dug into the protest group “Anonymous” and came away with some wondering if he’d become a member. Speaking to Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, his guest told him, “We’re all Anonymous, is what they say.” Seconds later, a Guy Fawkes mask flashed across…

Wisconsin police officers dispatched to Democratic senators homes

Wisconsin patrol officers have been dispatched to the homes of Democratic state senators to pressure the lawmakers to return to the Senate and vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. Last week, 14 state senators left Wisconsin to avoid voting on the bill, which would take away the union…

Study: US wasted billions in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Corruption and waste has cost the US government billions of reconstruction dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an official study on wartime contracting released on Thursday. The report found that “criminal behavior and blatant corruption” were responsible for much of the waste related to the nearly $200…

US military ‘fully involved’ in talks on Libya options

WASHINGTON – The US military has been “fully involved” in high-level talks on Washington’s response to the crisis in Libya and is assessing options to be presented to the White House, a senior US official said Thursday. “We have a wide range of tools — financial, sanctions, multilateral actions —…

Madison police chief asks Walker to explain ‘troubling’ comments

Police chief Noble Wray of Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday asked Republican Gov. Scott Walker to explain “very unsettling and troubling” comments made in what he thought was a private phone call. Pranked by a gonzo journalist pretending to be conservative billionaire David Koch, Walker said on the 20-minute call that…

Nebraska may permit ‘justifiable homicide’ in defense of the unborn

Legislation introduced in Nebraska includes a “justifiable homicide” clause that could be used in defense of a fetus, potentially offering legal cover for the killing of abortion providers. The bill, LB 232, was put forth by Nebraska state Sen. Mark Christensen, who fiercely opposes abortion even in cases of rape,…

Lawsuit: Fox News chairman Roger Ailes may have committed federal crime

The chairman of Fox News may have committed a federal crime, according to legal documents filed by attorneys for a former News Corporation employee. Affidavits filed in a lawsuit against a former News Corporation employee say that News Corp. executive Roger Ailes advised former publishing executive Judith Regan to lie…

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