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Big union protests planned in Wisconsin, nationwide

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators were expected to take to the streets of the Wisconsin state Capitol later on Saturday as protests against a Republican plan to curb the power of public sector unions entered their third weekend. Labor groups also planned for large demonstrations in…

Watchdog lists anti-Islamic blogger’s organization as hate group

Blogger Pamela Geller was at the center of a long-running controversy last summer when she helped ignite a firestorm of protest against the establishment of an Islamic cultural center a few blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center. Now her Stop the Islamicization of America has…

Defense Secretary Gates warns against more land wars in Asia

WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY, New York — Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Friday against committing the US military to big land wars in Asia or the Middle East, saying anyone proposing otherwise “should have his head examined.” Gates offered the blunt advice — hard won after a decade of bitter…

Website urges Christians to ‘adopt a terrorist for prayer’

Founder says he’s considered adding eco-terrorists to his list “but the movement doesn’t threaten existentially our existence the same way the Islamic terrorists do.’” A recent CNN story is drawing attention to the little-known Adopt-a-Terrorist website, which urges Christians to take literally the injunction to love their enemies in hopes…

Wisconsin police association urges members to join sleep-in at Capitol

Wisconsin lawmakers approved a rule change on Wednesday that would allow them to close the State Capitol building over the weekend and eject the protesters who have been camping there for the last week. The new restrictions on items and sleeping areas within the Capitol were to go into effect…

Alan Keyes: Letting gays marry is like granting ‘right to own slaves’

Former three-time Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who has an affinity for conspiracy theories, apparently believes gay marriage is sort of like owning slaves. Keyes, an African-American, wrote on the conspiracy-minded website World Net Daily that “granting homosexuals the right to marry is like granting plantation owners the right to…

Maddow to critics: Being gay doesn’t make me wrong

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow takes on critics who gratuitously commented on her sexual orientation while criticizing her reporting on the Wisconsin clash over unions. “Just because you don’t like the way it sounds when I say it, or you don’t like my haircut, or just because you don’t like that…

Bush cancels keynote speech after learning of invite for WikiLeaks founder

WASHINGTON — Former president George W. Bush scrapped plans to address a summit of young leaders and business executives this weekend because Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would also speak to the group, his office said Friday. “The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who…

White House announces sanctions against Libya

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced Friday that the US was planning to take “unilateral and multilateral” sanctions against Libya to encourage them not to use violence against their own people. Carney said specifics about the sanctions would be disclosed in the near future. Tripoli, the Libyan capitol, was…

Maryland Senate okays gay marriage

Lawmakers in Maryland’s state senate voted 25 to 21 Thursday for a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. This video is from Take Part, broadcast February 25, 2011.  …

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