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Anti-LGBT rights group launches campaign to repeal New York marriage equality

An anti-gay rights group is furious at New York Republican lawmakers for helping to legalize same sex marriage in the state. A fundraising letter from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that the group plans multiple rallies in New York to begin a campaign to repeal marriage equality, which…

British welfare cuts ‘could make thousands homeless’

LONDON — Around 40,000 British families could be made homeless by welfare cuts introduced by the coalition government, the office of a senior minister has reportedly warned Prime Minister David Cameron. A leaked letter published in The Observer newspaper on Sunday voices concerns over plans to cap the benefits at…

Climate scientists targeted by unrelenting harassment campaign

WASHINGTON — A major US-based science association on Wednesday issued an open letter expressing its concern about harassment of climate scientists, saying such tactics could harm scientific progress. The letter, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, followed an incident in Australia earlier this month when university…

News that bin Laden weighed al Qaeda name change sparks parodies

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden was so worried about Al-Qaeda’s image that he proposed changing the group’s name to try improve its “brand,” a US official said Friday. In a letter found at his Pakistani compound, the late Al-Qaeda mastermind contemplated new names for his terror network that he hoped…

GLAAD president resigns over his support for AT&T

The president of a leading LGBT rights group has resigned over his controversial support of AT&T’s corporate objectives. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president Jarrett Barrios offered the board his resignation Saturday, according to Politico. Barrios had sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting AT&T’s…

Blind China activist reportedly beaten unconscious

WASHINGTON — A blind Chinese activist who exposed abuses in Beijing’s population control policy was beaten unconscious by dozens of men led by a communist party official, his wife said in a letter released Thursday. Human rights groups earlier reported an attack on activist Chen Guangcheng in February, but the…

Gaddafi writes U.S. Congress a thank you note for chastising Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libya’s embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi appears to have written to the US Congress to praise its criticism of President Barack Obama over NATO raids on Libya, officials said Friday. In the letter seen by AFP, Kadhafi comments on growing debate in Congress over whether Obama has usurped…

Liberal groups backing mega-merger received money from AT&T

Several liberal groups that took money from AT&T are also taking heat over their endorsements of the company’s proposed merger with T-Mobile. The NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Education Association (NEA) all say that public statements endorsing the deal have nothing to do…

Senators call for crackdown on ‘Bitcoin’ as drug traffickers move in

The Internet barter system known as “Bitcoin,” which makes it difficult for law enforcement to monitor online transactions, has raised the ire of two U.S. Senators who learned recently about a new website that lets Bitcoin users buy and sell illegal drugs. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder…

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski agrees to remove Fairness Doctrine from rulebook

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Monday he will strike the Fairness Doctrine from the agency’s rulebook under pressure from House Republicans. “I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been…

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