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Dem congresswoman reveals she had an abortion and defends Planned Parenthood

When New Jersey Republican Chris Smith used his time on the House floor to graphically describe the process of an abortion, Rep. Jackie Speier scrapped her planned remarks to say the following: “That procedure that you just talk about was a procedure that I endured…I really planned to speak about…

Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman to retire

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico announced Friday he will not seek another term in 2012. “It’s obviously not easy to make the decision to leave the Senate,” Bingaman said at a press conference. “There’s obviously important work to be done… But that will undoubtedly be true…

Murray State Univ. professor resigns after comparing black student to slave

A political science professor at Murray State University has resigned after telling an African American student that she didn’t show up early to class because slaves were always late. Freshman Arlene Johnson told the Murray Ledger & Times that professor Mark Wattier had already begun the screening of a film…

Military chaplain: Soldier’s rape ‘must have been God’s will’

WASHINGTON – A lawsuit targeting the Pentagon contains an astonishing anecdote about a retired Sergeant’s experience after being sexually assaulted by a colleague during a deployment to Afghanistan. The lawsuit, available here (PDF), was filed by 17 military women against Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld in Virginia.…

Senate approves two-year aviation bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year, $35 billion blueprint for funding air traffic control services and the next steps for modernizing that system. Lawmakers approved the Federal Aviation Administration bill 87 to eight, throwing the issue over to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is working…

Houston police caught on tape beating helpless teen

A recently released video tape appears to show Houston police officers beating Chad Holley, a high school sophomore. This video is from ABC 13, broadcast Feb. 3, 2011.…

New bill strips president’s power to shut off Internet

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan trio of senators has introduced a new cybersecurity bill that eliminates the president’s authority to switch off the Internet. The “kill switch,” as it’s known, exists in the 1934 Telecommunications Act, which was amended in 1996. It gives the president powers to shut off all regulated…

New Jersey men arrested for burning cross near African American home

Three New Jersey men are suspected of burning a cross near a family of African Americans Wednesday night. Nicholas Comis, 22, of Tuckerton, Daniel Enders, 22, of New Gretna, and Christopher Hurrll, 21, were seen near an 8-by-4-foot wooden cross around 8 pm Wednesday night, according to State Police spokesman…

Ex-aide: Colin Powell was ‘manipulated’ by Cheney into justifying Iraq war

WASHINGTON – Colin Powell’s ex-chief of staff said Thursday the former Secretary of State was lied to and manipulated by Vice President Dick Cheney into justifying the US invasion of Iraq. The primary justifications offered by the Bush administration for invading Iraq were that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass…

Hispanics fuel huge population growth in Texas

The latest census shows that Texas is one of the leading states in population expansion, which is almost entirely attributable to the growth in Texas’ Hispanic residents. This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

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