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Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state — and the most populous — to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure that would make gay marriage legal, introduced by Governor Andrew…

NASA spared cuts in US spending bill passage

WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Congress approved a government spending bill that secured $18.5 billion for the US space agency, sparing it from the prospect of cuts. “We appreciate the work of Congress to pass a 2011 spending bill,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said…

Conflicting reports as Egypt denies barring Iran ships

CAIRO — Iran was pushing Egypt on Thursday to allow two of its warships to pass through the Suez Canal, amid conflicting reports from Cairo about the Egyptian response and despite warnings from Israel. Iranian warships have not entered the Mediterranean through the canal since 1979, and Israel says any…

Media Matters debunks Obama’s alleged Bible misquote

Fox News recently accused President Barack Obama of misquoting a passage from the Bible during his address this week at the National Prayer Breakfast. However, a liberal media watchdog group pointed out that Fox Nation failed to realize that ”there is more than one version of the Bible.” “Obama was quoting from…

Tax package heads toward passage in Senate

Tax package heads toward passage in Senate despite House Democrats’ concerns about estate tax The tax package negotiated by President Barack Obama and GOP lawmakers is headed toward passage in the Senate even as House Democrats consider changes to the estate tax. The bill could be passed and sent to…

Obama: Tax cut deal worth passage, not perfect

President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good deal overall for Americans, while acknowledging that many fellow Democrats aren’t happy about what he negotiated with the GOP. Pressing for passage by year’s end, he told lawmakers in his radio and Internet address Saturday…

The perfect crime tool: Researchers work on ‘event cloak’

PARIS — Jewelry robbers, magicians, exam cheats and practical jokers everywhere will have an interest in an offbeat idea launched by physicists on Tuesday: to make the passage of time invisible. The scientists have conceived of a “spacetime cloak” which manipulates light and, in essence, conceals whole events from a…

Democratic leader: ‘We’ve got the votes’

House Democratic Caucus Leader John Larson told CNN’s Candy Crowley that Democrats have the votes to pass health care reform in the House today. “We’ve got the votes,” said Rep. Larson of Connecticut. Simultaneously appearing on Fox News, Chief Deputy Whip for House Democrats Debbie Wasserman Schultz wasn’t as firm.…

Palin: Writing on palms ‘was good enough for God’

Admits she used to ‘hustle over the border’ to ‘get health care from Canada’ Sarah Palin has a message for critics of her crib-notes during February’s Tea Party keynote speech: God did it too. At a fundraiser on Friday for the Ohio Right to Life group, Palin assailed the media…

School district pulls Anne Frank’s diary over ‘vagina’ passage

Anne Frank’s adolescent curiosity about sexuality is too much for a Virginia school district that has pulled the complete version of the young Jewish girl’s diary off its curriculum and off its shelves over a parent’s complaint about sexually explicit passages. Culpeper County Public Schools has pulled Anne Frank’s The…

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