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Two-thirds of states cut mental healthcare funds: advocacy group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two-thirds of states cut mental health funding from their general fund budgets over the last two years, according to a report released by a mental illness advocacy group on Wednesday. Kentucky with 47 percent, Alaska with 35 percent, and South Carolina and Arizona both with 23 percent…

Pakistan deadliest country for journalists in 2010

Press advocacy group says Pakistan deadliest country for journalists in 2010, with 8 killed Pakistan was the deadliest country for journalists in 2010, with at least eight media workers killed in the line of duty, a press advocacy group said Wednesday. In its year-end report, the Committee to Protect Journalists…

Watchdog: Fox News’ free publicity for GOP presidential contenders worth $40M

A liberal advocacy group estimates that five potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates who work for Fox News Channel were on the air nearly 66 hours in the first 10 months of the year. The accounting by Media Matters for America points to the hugely influential — and profitable — position…

Pat Robertson’s group sues to stop mosque near NY’s ground zero

A conservative advocacy group founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson is suing to try to block a planned Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero. The mosque proposal has become a fulcrum for balancing religious freedom and the legacy of the Sept. 11 attacks. It would be two blocks…

Marijuana advocacy groups urge Obama to withdraw nomination of Michele Leonhart

A number of medical marijuana advocacy organizations are urging President Obama to withdraw his nomination of Michele Leonhart to serve as the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Leonhart was nominated to be the Deputy Administrator by President Bush in 2003 and confirmed by the Senate in 2004. She…

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