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Pew poll: Clear majority of Americans support legal abortion

A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that a comfortable majority of Americans support keeping abortion legal — posing a challenge for Republicans pushing aggressive measures aimed at curtailing abortion rights. Fifty-four percent of the public supports legal abortion in all or most cases, while 42 percent believe…

Southern Poverty Law Center on Muslim hearings: ‘King does not come to this with clean hands’

Appearing on MSNBC with Cenk Uygur, Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center explained why he believes Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) upcoming hearing on Muslim radicalization in America are more than a little misquided. “He is a fellow who has described 85-90 percent of the Muslims in America, or…

Researchers find U.S. “diabetes belt”

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Already dubbed America’s “stroke belt,” the southeastern U.S. just earned another dubious distinction as the nation’s “diabetes belt,” government researchers said Tuesday. They used county-by-county data to mark those areas where people are most at risk for the blood sugar disease. “We have known for…

Maddow: ‘Every time you turn over a political rock’ the Koch brothers are there

Last night on her eponymous show, Rachel Maddow explored the Koch brothers donations to Republican candidates like Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Americans for Prosperity and a variety of other causes that benefit their business. She noted that one of the recipients of their donations, Rep.…

Judge refuses to order additional Exxon Valdez payment

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A federal judge has refused to order Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay an additional $92 million sought by the U.S. government and state of Alaska to address lingering damage from the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland, who for…

Chinese in stew over California shark fin threat

SAN FRANCISCO — Chefs in San Francisco’s Chinatown are sharpening their knives to defend the right to serve shark fin soup, a staple in high-end Chinese restaurants in the city. Two local assemblymen have proposed a law to ban the transport and sale of shark fins in California, which would…

Palin parents ‘sleep with guns’ due to threats

LONDON – Chuck and Sally Heath, the parents of US conservative champion Sarah Palin, “sleep with guns” after receiving death threats, a BBC interview revealed. Speaking at their home in Wasilla, Alaska, the couple claimed that Palin and “her whole family” had been the target of threats. “One guy from…

Congressman Ron Paul says he supports the Defense of Marriage Act

Speaking to a group of religious conservatives in Iowa, Republican Congressman Ron Paul (TX) said he supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because the controversial legislation protects states’ rights. In February, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the DOMA a Clinton-era law that restricts the benefits…

Drug czar questioned about legalizing marijuana

Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said legalizing marijuana would greatly increase its use, but that the issue should not only be approached as a criminal justice problem. Kerlikowske added that prescription drug abuse was “clearly” the greatest drug problem in the United…

Supreme Court rules against Navy’s right to withhold information

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that the government could not use an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold certain Navy maps and data from the public. FOIA requires federal agencies to make documents publicly available upon request, but contains various exemptions…

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