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AP photographer missing in Libya

NEW YORK – Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri has gone missing while covering the military conflict in Libya, the news organization said Sunday. “We have lost contact with our AP colleague, photographer Altaf Qadri, in eastern Libya. We are concerned about his safety and are taking appropriate steps to locate…

Nonprofit defends payment to Bristol Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The head of a nonprofit group against teen pregnancy on Wednesday defended the $332,500 his organization paid Bristol Palin over a two-year period to advocate for sexual abstinence. “Bristol did a tremendous amount of work for us — many, many days and weeks,” said Neil Cole, founder…

Newt Gingrich tied to casino mogul with legal problems

As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich explores the possibility of a presidential bid, he “is counting on the backing of an unusually powerful behind-the-scenes donor,” Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. According to investigative journalist Michael Isikoff, Adelson — who has a net worth estimated at over $23…

E-mails back up claim NPR refused money from conservative pranksters

NPR has released a series of e-mails to back up their claim that they refused to take a $5 million donation from a fake Muslim group created by conservative pranksters. “The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached,…

EXCLUSIVE: LGBT immigration advocates plan DOMA challenge

In the wake of the decision by the Obama Administration that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and that they would not defend it in court, many LGBT couples are waiting to see just what effect the ruling will have on their access to federal benefits…

WikiLeaks rebukes allegation that Assange complained of ‘Jewish conspiracy’

Secrets outlet WikiLeaks was on the defensive Tuesday after a British publication claimed that founder Julian Assange had complained of a “Jewish conspiracy” to smear his organization. That claim, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop recalled, came directly from a phone call with Assange himself — and the allegation’s level of…

Watchdog lists anti-Islamic blogger’s organization as hate group

Blogger Pamela Geller was at the center of a long-running controversy last summer when she helped ignite a firestorm of protest against the establishment of an Islamic cultural center a few blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center. Now her Stop the Islamicization of America has…

Anti-abortion group pushes hoax already uncovered by Planned Parenthood

Update: Planned Parenthood fires worker after undercover video surfaces Family planning organization Planned Parenthood said Tuesday that it had fired one of their managers who an anti-abortion group had accused of counseling a man posing as a “pimp” on how to skirt the law, according to Statehouse Bureau. Original story…

Leading conservatives call for Obama to back terrorist group

A group of prominent Republicans may have actually committed a crime last month when they traveled to Paris to speak to an Iranian opposition group that the US has deemed to be terrorists. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former national security adviser…

President Obama still America’s ‘most admired’ man, poll finds

In spite of it all, more Americans admire President Barack Obama than any other man living or dead, a survey by the Gallup polling organization has found. President Obama’s top spot on the list marks his third appearance atop America’s “most admired.” He first cracked #1 in 2008, when 32…

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