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Vandals slash tires of 51 gay pride parade floats in Chicago

This year, Pride Weekend — celebrated by the LGBT community on the last Sunday in June, as usual — has been extra-festive, owing to New York’s passage of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. In Chicago, however, vandals tried to dampen the weekend’s celebrations by slashing the tires of 51…

Chris Christie: ‘I’m not a fan’ of marriage equality

When Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on NBC Sunday, he wasn’t celebrating the legalization of marriage equality in New York. “I am not a fan of same sex marriage, it’s not something I support,” Christie told NBC’s David Gregory. “I believe marriage should be between one man and…

TSA asked 95-year-old woman to remove adult diaper

UPDATE: TSA denies telling elderly woman to remove adult diaper A woman has filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security over how her elderly mother was detained and searched by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend. News Herald reported that Jean Weber…

McCain: Egypt’s military wants power transfer to elected leader

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers want to hand over powers to an elected government “as soon as possible,” US Senator John McCain said after talks on Sunday with the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Power was transferred to the armed forces by former president Hosni Mubarak…

Pelosi: ‘Cantor can’t handle the truth’ on big oil subsidies

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) explained Sunday that Republicans had walked away from negotiations on raising the debt ceiling because Democrats had suggested closing special interest tax loopholes for big corporations. “Leader Cantor can’t handle the truth when it comes to these tax subsidies for big oil, for corporations…

Crossroads GPS launches $20 million ad campaign against Obama

Crossroads GPS, an organization formed by Karl Rove and other Republicans, announced a $20 million advertisement campaign Saturday aimed at President Barack Obama’s economic record. The first of the 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation’s television ads, entitled “Shovel Ready,” accuses the Obama administration of failing to improve the economy with its $830…

WI Justice Prosser issues denial of attack on fellow judge

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has issued a denial of witness reports that he grabbed fellow justice Ann Walsh Bradley by the throat on June 13. The altercation reportedly erupted in Justice Bradley’s chambers during a heated discussion of Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget bill, which curtails collective bargaining…

Energy industry defends safety of ‘fracking’

WASHINGTON — The United States is seeing a natural gas boom thanks to discoveries of abundant shale gas, and at the same time a groundswell of opposition from critics who say the environmental risks from drilling are too great. At the heart of the issue is a drilling technique known…

Six killed in Nevada train-truck crash

LOS ANGELES — At least six people were killed when a big rig truck hauling gravel slammed into the side of a California-bound passenger train in the high desert of Nevada, officials said late on Saturday. Those killed included the truck driver and a train crew member, officials with the…

Fox News host asks Bachmann if she’s a ‘flake’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said Sunday that it was “insulting” for a Fox News host to ask if she was a “flake.” “I am very serious about what I want to do,” Bachmann told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “People recognize that I’m serious.” “You say that people saw…

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