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Property records cast doubt on Cliven Bundy’s ancestral claims to disputed federal land

Cliven Bundy likes to claim his family has been grazing cattle for more than 130 years on Nevada lands owned by the federal government. “I’ve lived my lifetime here,” the rancher said. “My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that…

NV gubernatorial candidate debates cardboard cutout at Bundy ranch as roosters heckle him

A fringe candidate for Nevada governor debated a cardboard cutout of his incumbent opponent about the Cliven Bundy standoff with federal agents in a video posted online over the weekend. Crowing roosters repeatedly interrupt the 21-minute “debate” between David Lory VanDerBeek, the Constitution Party candidate for governor, and Republican Gov.…

Frazier Glenn Miller’s ties to a 1987 triple slaying: Did the feds protect a killer?

On April 13, Frazier Glenn Miller was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement center in suburban Kansas City. Within hours of the arrest, the media reported that Miller had a long history as a white supremacist and virulent…

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…

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