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Washington recognizes out-of-state same sex marriages

Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation Wednesday that allows married same sex couples moving to Washington to have access to the state’s domestic-partnership law. “The more states that do this, the more credibility we have of getting the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) repealed, because the individual states are saying we…

Gay judge never considered dropping Prop 8 case

SAN FRANCISCO – The judge who struck down California’s gay marriage ban never considered his own homosexuality as a reason to recuse himself from the case, he said on Wednesday. Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who retired from the bench at the end of February, said it would not…

Wisconsin Supreme Court challenger Kloppenburg declares victory

MADISON, Wis – The challenger backed by Democrats and labor unions in a closely-watched Wisconsin election for a Supreme Court judge seat declared victory on Wednesday over a veteran judge backed by Republicans. But a recount is virtually certain in the race that became a referendum on Republican Governor Scott…

Georgia judge claims she’s unsure why tattooing a toddler was made illegal

If tattooing a toddler is illegal, why is it okay to pierce a little girl’s ears? That was the reasoning behind a rather startling quote reprinted by Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune, allegedly uttered by a judge who decided to go easy on a 26-year-old man that pleaded guilty on Monday to…

In honor of his pending departure: The top 10 craziest things Glenn Beck ever said

Conservative conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck announced Wednesday that he’s leaving his Fox News show in favor of a different arrangement that could see him work behind the scenes at Fox or attempt to launch his own cable channel. But he doesn’t leave the Republican leaning network with the most sparkling…

Teen catches drunken Pawlenty campaign worker banging on her back door at 3 a.m.

Chloe Steward, a 15-year-old girl in Ankeny, Iowa, woke at 3 a.m. to find Benjamin Foster, a consultant for Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), banging on her back door. Foster was arrested and charged with public intoxication and trespassing, according to KCCI. “The Steward family said Foster was drunk and was…

Wisconsin Supreme Court election still too close to call

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The closely watched race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court remained too close to call on Wednesday with just 235 votes of the 1.4 million votes cast separating challenger and front-runner JoAnne Kloppenburg from incumbent David Prosser. The election, the first statewide vote since Republicans passed controversial restrictions on the union rights…

Poll: Nearly half of New Hampshire Republicans are birthers, and many support Trump

Donald Trump’s play into the fictional world of birther politics seems to have paid tremendous dividends in New Hampshire, where a poll this week found that nearly half of likely Republican primary voters don’t believe the president is a U.S. citizen. With Trump pitching himself as the candidate of these…

High chance major hurricane will hit the U.S. in 2011, forecasters say

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be above average in activity and there is a more than 70 percent chance of at least one major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline, Colorado State University forecasters predicted on Wednesday. The 2011 forecast from the respected CSU team followed an active season last…

Friday most popular day for bank robberies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bank robberies in the United States take place most often in mid-morning, on Fridays and in southern and western states, according to government statistics released on Tuesday. Robbers stole slightly more than $43 million last year nationwide in 5,546 robberies of banks, credit unions and other financial institutions, statistics…

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