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Ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper photoshops Hillary out of history

The Hasidic Jewish newspaper Der Tzitung has determined that last Sunday’s iconic photo from the Situation Room was too scandalous to reprint without retouching. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was erased from the image before it ran on Der Tzitung‘s cover. The ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper does not print images of…

New Florida gun law muzzles pediatricians, health care workers

A pending law in Florida would make it illegal for pediatricians to ask families whether guns are being safely kept in their patients’ homes. Supporters of the NRA-backed measure insist that questions by doctors and other health care professionals amount to an invasion of privacy and a violation of their…

Dick Cheney says Obama should reinstate waterboarding program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that President Barack Obama should put waterboarding back on the table. Intelligence derived from the Bush-era enhanced interrogation program “probably” contributed to the of death Osama bin Laden, Cheney told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “Which raises the question, if we were to now…

John McCain the nation’s third most disliked senator

Arizona Senator John McCain (R) is the third most disliked sitting senator in the United States, according to a recent poll. Connecticut Independent Senator Joe Lieberman is the least popular, followed by Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign. The Democrat-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling found that 53 percent of McCain’s constituents…

Obama focuses on domestic issues after Osama bin Laden’s death

WASHINGTON — His commander-in-chief credentials burnished by the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama is now seeking to shore up a shaky domestic standing on issues critical to his 2012 reelection bid. Obama will this week tackle the slowly recovering economy — on which voters give him perilously…

Big-name GOP candidates slow to start 2012 presidential race

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Big-name Republicans have been slow to enter the 2012 presidential race, giving lesser-known candidates a chance to break through in key early voting states like Iowa. With the first Republican debate already over and just nine months until Iowa becomes the first state to choose its…

Bin Laden death rekindles torture debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Osama bin Laden’s death has reignited debate over the George W. Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation methods, with supporters claiming the program led to the Al-Qaeda leader’s capture. Key intelligence over the identity of a courier — among the few men bin Laden trusted — who…

Osteen Megachurch volunteer charged with child abuse

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A volunteer at a Texas church home to the largest congregation in the United States has been charged with sexually abusing an autistic child. Alvaro Daniel Guzman, 25, was charged with indecency with a child over a February 2010 incident at a Lakewood Church activities program for…

Wisconsin Republicans rushing to pass agenda ahead of recalls

In Wisconsin, the Republicans in the state government are hoping to rush a packed slate of radical measures through the Legislature within the next eight weeks. Critics accuse them of accelerating the ratification process to get ahead of this summer’s recall elections and the possibility of Democrats taking a majority…

Canadian woman survives 7 weeks lost in remote area of Nevada

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 56 year-old Canadian woman stranded in a van for seven weeks on a remote dirt road in northern Nevada survived on snow and some trail mix until hunters discovered her, authorities said on Saturday. With Rita Chretien recovering in an Idaho hospital following her rescue on Friday afternoon, searchers are looking for…

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