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BYU basketball player Brandon Davies suspended for premarital sex

Reports emerged this week that Brigham Young University suspended starting center Brandon Davies this week over a violation of its honor code. The violation? Premarital sex with his girlfriend. The BYU honor code, based on the practices of the Mormon faith, includes provisions requiring students to live a “chaste” life,…

Maddow: Marriage provisions seek to really ‘straighten out’ Ohio’s budget

Rachel Maddow saw something a little strange in Ohio’s union-busting budget-balancing bill. Not only does it strip collective bargaining rights from all state workers — which does little on its own to fix the budget — it also contains provisions related to same sex marriage and domestic partnerships. Maddow said:…

Texas approves bill requiring sonogram before abortion

AUSTIN, Tex (Reuters) – Women seeking an abortion would have to first get an ultrasound under a measure approved on Thursday by the Texas House of Representatives. The proposal, the first significant bill considered by the House this year, was designated by Republican Governor Rick Perry as an emergency priority.…

Obama voices ‘deep regret’ over Afghan civilian deaths

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama expressed “deep regret” to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai for the deaths of nine civilians killed in a coalition air strike, officials said Thursday. Karzai says those who died were young children out collecting firewood and has warned that international troops in Afghanistan face “huge…

Support for same-sex marriage, legal abortion on the rise: poll

Public support for same-sex marriage continues to rise and support for access to legal abortions has edged upwards after declining in 2009, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. The poll found that 45 percent of adults surveyed favored allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry, compared…

House and Obama budgets do not reflect public’s priorities: study

Neither the budget plan of the House of Representatives or the Obama administration reflect the priorities of the majority of Americans, according to a study by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation. The study [PDF] found that the public supports deep cuts to the defense budget, but is…

House Republicans to pregnant women: Fetal life is more important than your health

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary committee on Thursday approved a broad measure that limits access to abortion for women whose health may be harmed by carrying a pregnancy to term. The panel passed HR 3 “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in a mostly party-line vote of 23-14, sending it…

Gingrich officially exploring presidential bid (VIDEO)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) announced Thursday that he was opening an exploratory bid for the Republican presidential campaign. He is the first major Republican to do so. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, released a statement on their new website newtexplore2012.com. “We are excited about exploring whether…

Live sex show spices up college class in Chicago

CHICAGO – No, it wasn’t a Monty Python sketch. A human sexuality class really did get a live sex show in an auditorium at Chicago’s Northwestern University. The topic of the day was bondage, swinging and other fetishes. Then, after the class was officially dismissed, students were told they could…

US, Mexico leaders debate drugs, trucking dispute

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon Thursday vowed to step up the fight against Mexico’s violent drug cartels, and resolved a decades-old trucking dispute. It was the fifth meeting in two years between the two men, and Obama stressed the “strong bonds” between the…

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