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Appeals court allows prayer at Texas graduation

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday afternoon that students may pray and mention God at Saturday night’s graduation at a high school in a San Antonio suburb, overturning a district judge’s ruling. “Texas will continue to fight for the rights of all those who wish…

North Carolina Republicans spill their secret strategy over live mic

As Republican leaders of the North Carolina House of Representatives discussed on Friday morning how they could ram through a draconian budget with the help of five nervous Democratic allies, they had no idea that an open mic was piping their remarks directly into the press room. Later in the…

Romney: Man-made climate change is real

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change. “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” he told a…

Five years later, George Allen apologizes for ‘macaca’ remark

Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) apologized Friday for a racist slur he used against a Democratic campaign worker almost five years ago. During his campaign for re-election in 2006, Allen attempted to bully S.R. Sidarth by calling him “macaca.” The term is used by French and Belgians to describe black…

GOP lawmaker compares same sex marriage to incest, polygamy, pedophilia

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) went on the attack against same sex marriage Thursday at the Eagle Forum Collegians 2011 Summit in Washington, D.C. “Well, think about it,” she began. “That starts you down the road to opening up licensure to basically meaning that a license would mean nothing if you…

Woman screams she was ‘molested’ by TSA agent

A man named Ryan recorded the aftermath of what he claims is his mother being “molested” by a Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agent. In the video, his mother screams for a police officer after the TSA agent allegedly touched her breast. TSA agents, police officers and a Southwest employee…

Sanders to Obama: Stop selling out

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders tore into President Barack Obama on Thursday, accusing him of cowering to Republican “extremists” and failing to stand up for progressive priorities. “The Republican House budget is the most radical right-wing extremist budget ever passed in the modern history of our country, and the more…

Former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards indicted

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted Friday on felony charges linked to his alleged use of campaign money to cover up an extramarital affair. Edwards faces a six-count indictment “for allegedly participating in a scheme to violate federal campaign finance laws,” the Justice Department said…

Surprise gesture of support may revive Texas anti-TSA bill

Legislation that would prevent Transportation Security Administration employees from giving invasive pat-downs at Texas airports looked last week to be completely dead, but a letter of support from the state’s lieutenant governor could revive the effort. It all depends on whether Gov. Rick Perry (R) has the stomach for it. The bill,…

Feingold: ‘I am looking at’ a Senate run in 2012

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) told his home-state paper that he’s considering a run for the Senate in 2012, which liberals are urging him to do. “I am looking at it, but I feel I should take some time to think this through,” Feingold told the Milwaukee Journal…

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