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Supreme Court orders California to free 40,000 prisoners

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ordered California Monday to free thousands of prison inmates, saying chronic overcrowding violated inmates’ rights — but one judge warned the ruling was “outrageous.” In a narrow 5-4 majority ruling upholding a lower court decision, the top US court said the release is the…

Focus on the Family CEO: We ‘probably lost’ fight against same sex marriage

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, admitted his Christian conservative organization has little chance of turning public opinion against legal same sex marriages. In an interview with the Christian magazine WORLD, Daly said Focus on the Family was “losing” the fight against same sex marriage, noting…

Fox News executive disputes claim Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’

An executive of the Fox News Channel said Monday that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes does not think poorly of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In a profile of Ailes published online Sunday, the New York Magazine cited a “Republican close to Ailes” who claimed that Ailes though Palin was…

Alan Greenspan had to be convinced that he existed before meeting Ayn Rand

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once doubted his own existence. A friend had to convince Greenspan that he actually existed prior to a meeting with Ayn Rand in the 1950s. Nathaniel Branden told the story about Greenspan in the BBC 2 documentary “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving…

U.S., U.K. plan trans-governmental national security group

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are to create a new joint forum to assess long-term threats to their national security, a British government source said Monday. The launch of the new national security strategy board is expected to be announced during U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Britain, starting Tuesday. “The U.S.…

Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester’s record clean in 2008

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty formally announced his campaign seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency Monday morning, but by midday, his political past had already caught up to him. Reporting by Minneapolis City Pages’ Nick Pinto brought to attention a pardon then-Gov. Pawlenty granted to a sex offender in October…

GOP majority leader says Paul Ryan should run for president

WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the Republican budget plan to replace Medicare with a subsidies system, should run for president. “Paul is about real leadership,” Cantor told reporters, adding that he’d like to see all 2012 Republican…

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty formally announces 2012 campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty acknowledged on Monday that his presidential campaign will not match Republican rival Mitt Romney’s fund-raising prowess, saying his candidacy would be more like “a good solid Buick” than a BMW. Trailing in national opinion polls, Pawlenty hopes to become a leading candidate…

Scott Brown pivots, claims he’s against plan to kill Medicare

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has performed a complete 180 within the past two weeks, pivoting from praising the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to phase out Medicare to penning a Politico op-ed voicing his disapproval for the plan, according to Talking Points Memo. Brown, who is up for re-election in…

Survivor catches harrowing perspective on Missouri tornado

Have you ever lived through a major disaster? In the video below, one fortunate soul takes shelter in a convenience store with a crowd of strangers as a massive tornado passes by — revealing what it is like to be literally surrounded by death but survive the ordeal. Although there’s…

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