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Gingrich gets 45-day extension on disclosing personal finances

Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich has received a 45-day extension of the Federal Election Commission deadline for filing his personal financial disclosure form. This gives him until July 25 to submit the disclosure, which would normally have been due this Friday, 30 days after Gingrich announced his candidacy. According to…

Obama admin. allows Medicaid protections for same sex couples

The Obama administration on Friday issued a policy guidance memo that effectively gives same sex couples the same protections as straight couples under Medicaid, the public health program for poor Americans. While the memo does not carry the weight of law, it advises states that the administration does not consider…

‘The Wire’ creator to Holder: I’ll do another season if you end the drug war

WASHINGTON – The creator of the beloved and critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire offered Eric Holder a counter-offer in response to the U.S. Attorney General’s casual plea for another season of the show: I’ll do it if you end the war on drugs. “I want to speak directly to…

Liberal groups backing mega-merger received money from AT&T

Several liberal groups that took money from AT&T are also taking heat over their endorsements of the company’s proposed merger with T-Mobile. The NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Education Association (NEA) all say that public statements endorsing the deal have nothing to do…

Exclusive: Christians must reject Ayn Rand, faith-based group tells Raw Story

During this time of financial crisis and talk of severe austerity measures in nearly every statehouse across the nation, the philosophy of author Ayn Rand has become a rallying cry for many leading Republicans who see her as something of a patron saint to American capitalism. But before evangelicals fully…

Tracy Morgan apologizes for extreme homophobic rant

Comedian Tracy Morgan apologized Friday for a comedy routine in Nashville last week that many have condemned as anti-gay. “I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville,” Morgan said in a statement. “I’m…

GOP Rep.: Iraq should ‘care about our situation as we have cared about theirs’

BAGHDAD (AFP) – A US congressman called on Friday for Iraq to repay a portion of the “mega-dollars” that Washington has spent since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, at a news conference in Baghdad. Republican representative Dana Rohrabacher’s remarks stand in stark contrast to those by senior American…

Chinese ratings house: U.S. government already defaulting on debts

A Chinese ratings house has accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt, state media said Friday, a day after Beijing urged Washington to put its fiscal house in order. “In our opinion, the United States has already been defaulting,” Guan Jianzhong, president of Dagong Global Credit Rating…

Texas GOP Senator: Obama has ‘bias’ against Texas

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday repeatedly accused the Obama administration of harboring a bias against Texas and treating it worse than it treats other states. “I see a bias in this administration against Texas. I do see it in this administration, absolutely,” the state’s senior senator…

Mark Foley tells Sean Hannity ‘sexting’ children should be legal

Mark Foley, the former Republican congressman from Florida who resigned in disgrace after he was caught exchanging sexually explicit messages with teenage boys, made a startling claim on Fox News last night, during his first interview on national media since 2006. Speaking to Republican opinion host Sean Hannity, who’s been…

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