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Obama ‘increasing skeptical’ about releasing photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse

Jake Tapper of ABC News reports that President Obama is “increasingly skeptical” that there is any value to releasing the photographs that confirm the death of Osama bin Laden, which are “gruesome.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reportedly believe that the photographs could…

EXCLUSIVE: DOJ plan to arrest state licensers, tax dispensaries could doom medical marijuana industry

A recent letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ), threatening state employees in charge of implmenting medical marijuana laws with prosecution, has forced some governors to re-evaluate and even veto popular legislation — all seemingly in violation of what the medical marijauana community thought was a cease-fire with the federal…

CIA director: Photo of bin Laden’s corpse will be released

Despite delays, a photograph depicting terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden’s dead body will be released for the world to see, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director said Tuesday night. Speaking to NBC News anchor Brian Williams, CIA director Leon Panetta insisted that “ultimately” everyone will know beyond reasonable doubt that…

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie signs gender identity discrimination bill

Hawaii became the 13th U.S. state to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity after Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a new employment discrimination bill into law on Tuesday. House Bill 546 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in employment and as a matter of…

Same sex marriage ban introduced to Pennsylvania House

Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R) introduced a constitutional amendment to the state’s House on Tuesday that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “The institution of traditional marriage has never been under greater attack,” said Metcalfe. “This not only includes the special…

Republican congressman compares same sex marriage to polygamy, incest

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, freshman GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina questioned why Attorney General Eric Holder should apply a higher level of scrutiny to same sex marriage laws than to laws concerning inter-family marriage and polygamy. In February, President Barack Obama decided that the Defense…

Children’s books ‘powerful conduit’ for gender stereotypes

Children’s books are biased towards stories that feature male lead characters, even when the characters are animals, according to the largest study of 20th century children’s books undertaken in the United States. Children’s books are a “dominant blueprint of shared cultural values, meanings, and expectations,” the authors of the study…

Bin Laden unarmed when killed: White House

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot dead by US special forces, but he tried to resist and there was a “volatile firefight,” the White House said Tuesday. The revelation, likely to stoke anger in parts of the Muslim world, came from President Barack…

5 Republicans who still insist torture led to bin Laden

Some Republicans just can’t accept that fact that waterboarding didn’t provide the crucial intelligence leading to the death of Osama bin Laden. The Associated Press reported Monday that the enhanced interrogations techniques put in place by the Bush White House did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier…

WATCH LIVE: White House press briefing on Osama bin Laden

Watch live as White House spokesman Jay Carney briefs the press two days after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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