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Conservative activist: Christians, Constitution freed the slaves, not the federal government

The head of the conservative Heritage Foundation claimed the Constitution and people of conscience freed the American slaves, reported Right Wing Watch, not the federal government. Jim DeMint, the former Republican senator from South Carolina, told a religious broadcaster last week that liberals were fundamentally wrong about everything – even…

Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government said on Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan but left in limbo by a court appeal, making the couples entitled to appropriate federal benefits. More than 300 couples were married last Saturday, a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard…

States with faulty Obamacare websites consider joining federal government’s HealthCare.gov

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) – A few U.S. states whose newly created Obamacare insurance exchanges were stalled by technology failures may join the federal government’s HealthCare.gov marketplace for next year, while only two states that relied on the administration plan to go it alone. Exchange officials in Oregon, Maryland and…

Federal government will recognize Utah same-sex marriages even if state won’t

The Obama administration announced on Friday that the U.S. federal government will recognize the marriages of the 1,300 same-sex couples who were married in Utah since December, even if the state will not. The New York Times reported that Attorney General Eric Holder released a video on Friday declaring that…

Colorado governor to Congress: ‘You’ve got to have a certain level of empathy’

Colorado’s governor said the federal government shutdown was hurting his state’s efforts to clean up after record flooding last month. “It’s amazing,” said Gov. John Hinkelooper. “[If] you want to start appreciating all the things that the federal government does for those people who are most at risk, have a…

Jon Stewart to red states: ‘What do you hate more? Poverty or Obama?’

Tonight on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a pitchfork to states that refused federal money to expand Medicaid programs. The federal government offered to pay for the programs until 2020, but 26 states declined the offer. “Twenty-six states?” an exasperated Stewart asked. “Twenty-six states? They must be a pretty…

Conan: Live ma*turbating bear webcam just as good as panda cam, right?

A minor, but beloved, part of the federal government was taken offline as part of the shutdown over the congressional budget impasse. The live panda cam, which offers a glimpse of bears living at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went dark Tuesday morning after Congress failed to reach…

GOP lawmaker to Obama: ‘We did not elect a dictator’

A newly elected congressman said lawmakers had a moral obligation to stop the health care law at any cost. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has been credited as the architect of the plan to tie funding of the Affordable Care Act to the continuing resolution to fund the federal government, a…

Government shutdown: Fast-food chain to offer free burgers to furloughed federal workers

A fast-food chain in Washington is promising free hamburgers to federal workers who find themselves furloughed if the US government shuts down Tuesday, its founder and proprietor said Monday. “If people don’t go to work, they can come and get a burger” at four Z-Burger locations in the national capital…

The federal government is the largest low-wage employer in the country — and that needs to end

Americans are coming to face the hard reality that they live in a new Gilded Age, with inequality at levels not seen since before the Great Depression. Even worse: Uncle Sam is subsidizing this lopsided economy. The federal government is, indirectly…  …

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