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Liberal U.S. Catholics say the Church isn’t listening

DETROIT (Reuters) – Members of a liberal group of U.S. Roman Catholics on Sunday called on Church leaders to open talks with their members on controversies ranging from the ordination of women to allowing priests to marry. Members of the American Catholic Council, meeting in Detroit, said they had grown…

Anti-abortion efforts stumble on obstacle of their own making

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Henry Hyde, a champion of the anti-abortion movement, might turn over in his grave if he knew that a provision of law he authored was an obstacle to individual states banning abortion. The Hyde Amendment, named for the Illinois Republican who served in Congress for 32…

Congressman Kucinich decries assassination attempts on Libyan dictator Gaddafi

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold NATO responsible for any violations of international law amid reports that Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target in NATO’s ongoing operations. “Just as the President has written himself a blank check to go to war…

Wasserman Schultz calls out RNC chairman for sex scandal ‘double standard’

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus of hypocrisy Sunday after he called for the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), while remaining silent on the sex scandals of Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV). “What Reince is saying doesn’t…

Jon Huntsman close to announcing presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Ex-US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said on Sunday he is close to throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, distancing himself from former boss Barack Obama. “We’re about a week and a half out,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, adding “we’re…

Mitt Romney under attack for ‘Obamneycare’

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney came under attack Sunday from rival Tim Pawlenty as the inspiration for US President Barack Obama’s “Obamneycare” health care program. Romney has rejected the national program passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, arguing it was fundamentally different from the state program he created as governor…

Santorum: All abortion doctors should be ‘criminally charged’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday that all abortions should be illegal without exceptions for rape or incest. “Do you believe there should be legal exceptions for rape and incest when it comes to abortion?” NBC’s David Gregory asked Santorum. “I believe that life begins at conception and that…

Fox News host questions realism of Pawlenty’s economic plan

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty struggled to come up with an answer Sunday after a Fox News host pointed out that the five percent growth required by his economic plan has only historically come after tax increases. In a speech at the University of Chicago Tuesday, Pawlenty revealed an economic…

Utah Attorney General Shurtleff approves of medical marijuana after battling cancer

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment. “Until you’ve experienced chemo, you can’t describe exactly how it feels,” he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright Show. “It’s kind of like having the flu because you…

Ohio police who slammed businessman’s head into concrete face lawsuit

A lawsuit filed May 26 in U.S. District Court alleges that police from the Ohio’s Put-in-Bay township used excessive force when arresting a man on a noise complaint on July 18 of last year. Attorneys for Bradley Ohlemacher are suing the Village of Put-in-Bay, Put-in-Bay Township, three Put-in-Bay police officers…

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