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Obama leads late-night budget talks

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama held crunch late-night talks with Washington’s top Republican seeking a deal to break a budget impasse threatening to shutter swathes of the US government. Obama earlier told Republicans to “quit playing games” while they accused him of lacking leadership, as a Friday deadline loomed to…

New Hampshire lawmaker apologizes for calling bishop a ‘pedophile pimp’

New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R) has apologized for calling a Catholic bishop a “pedophile pimp” after the bishop said the proposed House budget would hurt some of the neediest citizens of the state. During a rally at the New Hampshire Statehouse, Bishop John McCormack said he was…

Senate defeats bid to gut climate efforts

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid to strip President Barack Obama of his power to regulate greenhouse gases, a move that could have thrown US efforts against climate change into chaos. The Senate, where Obama’s Democratic Party holds a majority, voted 50-50 on a bill to…

New Jersey Gov. Christie calls teachers union ‘political thugs’

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie had harsh words for the state’s largest teacher’s union on Wednesday. In an interview Wednesday night, the governor told ABC’s World News host Diane Sawyer that New Jersey teachers were wonderful public servants but that the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) was a “group…

F/A-18 fighter crashes in California: US Navy

WASHINGTON – A US F/A-18 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday in California near a naval air base, a Navy official said. The crash occurred at about 12:00 pm (1900 GMT) “in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore” in California’s rural central valley, the official, who spoke on condition of…

Washington recognizes out-of-state same sex marriages

Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation Wednesday that allows married same sex couples moving to Washington to have access to the state’s domestic-partnership law. “The more states that do this, the more credibility we have of getting the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) repealed, because the individual states are saying we…

Gay judge never considered dropping Prop 8 case

SAN FRANCISCO – The judge who struck down California’s gay marriage ban never considered his own homosexuality as a reason to recuse himself from the case, he said on Wednesday. Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who retired from the bench at the end of February, said it would not…

Wisconsin Supreme Court challenger Kloppenburg declares victory

MADISON, Wis – The challenger backed by Democrats and labor unions in a closely-watched Wisconsin election for a Supreme Court judge seat declared victory on Wednesday over a veteran judge backed by Republicans. But a recount is virtually certain in the race that became a referendum on Republican Governor Scott…

Georgia judge claims she’s unsure why tattooing a toddler was made illegal

If tattooing a toddler is illegal, why is it okay to pierce a little girl’s ears? That was the reasoning behind a rather startling quote reprinted by Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune, allegedly uttered by a judge who decided to go easy on a 26-year-old man that pleaded guilty on Monday to…

In honor of his pending departure: The top 10 craziest things Glenn Beck ever said

Conservative conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck announced Wednesday that he’s leaving his Fox News show in favor of a different arrangement that could see him work behind the scenes at Fox or attempt to launch his own cable channel. But he doesn’t leave the Republican leaning network with the most sparkling…

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