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Texas GOP candidate Greg Abbott backs out of only televised debate against Wendy Davis

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The frontrunner for the Texas race for governor, Republican Greg Abbott, has pulled out of the sole statewide televised debate, the debate’s broadcaster, WFAA-TV, said on Friday. “Due to our inability to agree on specific details of the format, Attorney General Greg Abbott will regretfully not…

Federal judge rules that Texas cannot enforce key provision in ‘draconian’ anti-abortion law

A federal judge struck down a key provision in a Texas law cracking down on reproductive health clinics, the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said in his decision that House Bill 2′s requirement that health facilities providing abortions meet state guidelines for hospital surgical centers…

Cop who threatened to ‘f*cking kill’ reporter during Ferguson protests officially resigns

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday. Violent protests erupted in the…

Texas National Guard troops forced to go to food banks for help amid paycheck delays

By Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Some of the Texas National Guard troops dispatched to the Texas-Mexico border have been relying on charities and food banks for their meals due to the way the state is paying the troops, a state representative said on Friday. “Essentially, the Guard is…

Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel’s Mississippi Senate election challenge

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) – A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed an election challenge brought by Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud. Ruling on a contest once seen as a test of Tea…

Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: ‘We can do better’

Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 US presidential candidate, has weighed in for the first time on the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, saying America can do better. The August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent crackdown on demonstrators in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson…

Head of powerful conservative think tank brought down by office romance gone wrong

The CEO of one of the most powerful conservative think tanks in the country has been ousted from his position after a series of revelations concerning a romance with a subordinate that went badly wrong. According to Dallas’ D Magazine, John Goodman of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis…

Minister: US isn’t in the Bible because the Rapture will turn it into an atheist hellhole

Appearing on Voice of Christian Youth America, President of World Prophetic Ministry, Dr. Ed Hindson, explained that the United States is not mentioned in the Book of Revelations because so many Christian Americans would be raptured that the country would descend into chaos leaving the Tribulation to play out elsewhere.…

Mass. mayor: Public schools forced to enroll immigrants with ‘more wrinkles than I have’

A Massachusetts mayor claims the public school district in her town was forced to register possibly undocumented migrants who were clearly adults but were forbidden by the federal government from verifying their ages. Judith Flanagan Kennedy, mayor of Lynn, made the claims Wednesday to an anti-immigration group Center for Immigration…

Iowa professor to protest ‘sissy’ pink visitors’ locker room by holding ‘Million Robot March’

A communications professor at the University of Iowa will be protesting the color of the opposing football team’s locker room on Friday by dressing up as a robot and marching through the school’s annual “FryFest,” a celebration of Hayden Fry, the coach who had the locker rooms painted pink. In…

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