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Allen West calls Obama a ‘low-level socialist agitator’

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the tea party freshman and right-wing provocateur, had some choice words for President Barack Obama regarding his opposition to the House-approved GOP budget plan that privatizes Medicare. “I am sick and tired of this class warfare, this Marxist demagogic rhetoric that is coming from the President…

Anti-Muslim pastor accidentally fires gun after meeting with imam

A controversial Koran-burning pastor accidentally discharged his firearm Thursday night in the parking lot of a TV station after appearing on a talk show with a Muslim cleric. Terry Jones had appeared on Fox 2′s Let it Rip program along with Hassan Al-Qazwini, the leader of Deaborn’s Islamic Center of…

Democrats broaden push for campaign donor transparency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Federal Election Commission, widening efforts to expose anonymous campaign donations as the 2012 U.S. election gets under way. Representative Chris van Hollen, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Budget Committee, filed the suit challenging FEC…

Iowa Republicans seek to impeach justices over marriage ruling

DES MOINES (Reuters) – Five Republican state legislators co-sponsored resolutions on Thursday to impeach four of the justices on the Iowa state supreme court but the measures are likely to stall this year, lawmakers said. Iowa voters tossed three justices off the bench last November who joined the court’s ruling…

Indictment against student who filmed gay roommate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US 19-year-old has been indicted on hate-crime charges for using a webcam to capture a gay encounter involving his roommate, who later committed suicide. Dharun Ravi was originally charged in September 2010, after his Rutgers University freshman roommate Tyler Clementi, 18, killed himself by jumping into…

‘Disappointed’ supporters greet Obama in California

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hundreds of protesters, mostly Hispanics demanding immigration reform, gathered to vent their disappointment with US President Barack Obama as he visited California. Many of the activists said they were Obama supporters but felt let down by the slow pace of the change he promised in his…

Iowa professor to Republicans: F*** you!

A professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa has found herself in hot water after responding to an email sent out by a campus Republican group with the simple inflammatory message, “F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS.” The response was prompted by an email promoting “Conservative Coming Out Week” that was sent…

Rutgers suicide labeled a hate crime

A former Rutgers University freshman accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex encounter was charged Wednesday with a hate crime. The recording allegedly led to the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi. This video is from CBS News, broadcast April 21, 2011.…

Nevada Sen. John Ensign resigns amid ethics probe

Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) announced Thursday he will resign his seat on May 3, due to a Senate ethics committee investigation over his extramarital affair with a former campaign aide. “It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proclaims ‘Days of Prayer for Rain’

Republican Governor Rick Perry has issued an official proclamation urging Texans to pray for rain in the midst of a severe drought that has sparked more than 8,000 wildfires. “These dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle…

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