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NY allows conjugal visits for inmates in same-sex marriages

The New York state prison system recently changed its regulations to allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions conjugal visits from their partners, as well as a tweak that will allow inmates to visit their partners if they are terminally ill. On the heels of last week’s unprecedented, massive…

Koran-burning Florida pastor vows to return to protest after ban

DETROIT (Reuters) – The controversial Florida pastor banned from protesting near a Detroit-area mosque says he plans to return next week for a protest aimed at the court that found him to be a risk to public safety. Terry Jones, 59, said he would return to Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday and lead a…

Only 6 percent of Americans really care about the royal wedding

With just under a week to go until Kate Middleton and Prince William wed, news of the royal nuptials is inescapable. The dress, the (lack of) the ring, the guests, the security — it’s all getting coverage. Here’s one surprising piece of royal-wedding-related news, however: Only six percent of Americans…

Obama: No magic bullet to push down gas prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday there is no “magic bullet” to bring down high gasoline prices and said he wants to end what he called $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies. Obama is feeling the heat from gasoline prices that are about $4 a gallon…

MSNBC guest on Trump: ‘We need something new to talk about’

It seems Trump fatigue is already setting in. After a two-and-a-half-minute rant about reasons he doesn’t think Donald Trump will run, MSNBC personality Lawrence O’Donnell was trumped himself — by his own guest. Melissa Harris-Perry, after sitting through O’Donnell’s tirade about Trump’s ego, net worth and political savvy, immediately responded…

Mosque protest barred by Michigan court

DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) – A controversial Florida pastor was barred from protesting outside the largest mosque in the United States on Friday after a Michigan jury found his appearance was likely to provoke violence. Terry Jones, 59, was briefly jailed after refusing to pay a $1 bond as ordered by…

Maddow rants against Huffington Post, beltway media

Rachel Maddow had a few sharp-tongued words to say to her colleagues in the press about their coverage of the current budget debacle, and an especially cutting aside reserved for news site The Huffington Post. In 2009, coverage of local so-called town hall meetings about health care reform was rampant,…

Fox’s Hannity accuses Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais of “War on Easter”

The annual Fox celebration of the War on Christmas has gone so well that Fox News host Sean Hannity has now decided to complement it with a War on Easter. His evidence for such a war? Lady Gaga’s deliberately provocative single “Judas” and some remarks by British comedian Ricky Gervais…

Fox’s Hannity accuses Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais of “War on Easter”

The annual Fox celebration of the War on Christmas has gone so well that Fox News host Sean Hannity has now decided to complement it with a War on Easter. His evidence for such a war? Lady Gaga’s deliberately provocative single “Judas” and some remarks by British comedian Ricky Gervais…

Obama on Bradley Manning: “He broke the law”

Following a fundraising speech on Thursday, President Obama was asked about the case of whistleblower Bradley Manning. He responded, “I can’t conduct diplomacy on an open source. That’s not how…the world works. If you’re in the military, and — I have to abide by certain classified information. If I was…

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