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DNC chair: ‘LGBT equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination’

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) came out strongly in support of equality for same sex binational couples last night at Immigration Equality’s annual reception in Washington, DC, calling the struggle for full equality for LGBT people “the defining civil rights struggle of our generation.” Wasserman Schultz was joined…

Senate backs Petraeus for CIA chief

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved General David Petraeus’s nomination to head the CIA, the panel’s chair and vice chair said. The committee’s action means Petraeus could win full Senate confirmation as early as this week to succeed outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta, who is…

Ex-RNC chair Michael Steele in talks with MSNBC

Former head of the RNC Michael Steele is reportedly in talks with MSNBC for a job as a political commentator. The Hill reports that the first-ever African-American GOP party chair is thinking of joining the network after being “ousted” from the chairmanship in January. Steele would be joining Joe Scarborough…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz named DNC chair

WASHINGTON – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has been tapped as the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, a decision spearheaded by President Barack Obama. After multiple media outlets reported the news, the DNC sent out an email to reporters Wednesday night confirming that Obama “announced his choice of…

Pee-wee Herman and Andy Samberg get drunk, clobber Anderson Cooper: SNL

After an epic tequila bender –and yes, they sang Tequila, Pee-week Herman and SNL’s Andy Samberg wallop Anderson Cooper with a chair. Watch this week’s SNL Digital Short below, via Mediaite.…

Nobel peace ceremony goes ahead with empty chair

Nobel committee holds peace prize ceremony with an empty chair for the jailed Chinese laureate Clapping solemnly, dignitaries in Norway celebrated this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, with an empty chair. Friday’s ceremony was the first time in 74 years the prestigious $1.4 million award…

AP: Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks chair Reagan youth

They weren’t even alive when he was president, but 18-year-old Jonas brother Nick Jonas and 21-year-old “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks are big Ronald Reagan fans. Jonas and Sparks are leading a committee of 35 prominent young people touched by the life of the Gipper, the nation’s 40th president who…

At inmate’s request, Utah prepares firing squad

Barring a last-minute reprieve, Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped into a chair, a hood will be placed over his head and a small white target will be pinned over his heart. The order will come: “Ready, aim…” The 49-year-old convicted killer will be executed by a team of five…

Finance Crisis chair slams Greenspan: You could’ve, you should’ve, and you didn’t

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan denied his policies encouraged the type of risky lending that spurred the financial crisis, in testimony to a federal investigative panel Wednesday. The long-time Fed chair — whose reputation as a financial mastermind has been deeply undermined by the crisis —…

Republican senator denies he approved destruction of CIA torture videos

Roberts shut down attempts at greater oversight of enhanced interrogation, memo shows Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is disputing a CIA memo that says he approved the destruction of videotape showing the CIA waterboarding Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah. In documents released by the federal government Monday, CIA congressional liaison Stanley…

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