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NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered. As spontaneous celebrations broke out in the hours after the nation…

Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘Bush-Cheney fanatics’ could learn from Obama ‘how to fight terrorists’

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said the Bush administration and its backers could learn a lesson in how to fight terrorism from Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and President Barack Obama. “Now is the time for the Bush-Cheney fanatics — the people who created…

Bush declines Obama’s invitation to Ground Zero

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Ex-president George W. Bush, whose presidency was shaped by the September 11 strikes, declined an invitation to join his successor Barack Obama in New York, officials said Tuesday. Obama is scheduled to visit Ground Zero, the simply named site of the felled World Trade Center in New…

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…

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