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Michelle Obama invites openly gay NBA player Jason Collins to the State of the Union address

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and openly gay NBA player Jason Collins have been invited to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the White House said Monday. A statement named Collins and Boston survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman among the first round of invitees to watch…

Lizz Winstead joins Raw Story for State of the Union coverage

Tuesday night at 9 pm, comedian Lizz Winstead will join Raw Story columnists Amanda Marcotte and TBogg, publisher Roxanne Cooper, and executive editor Tony Ortega as President Barack Obama appears before both houses of Congress with his annual State of the Union address. We’ll also cover the numerous Republican responses,…

Obama administration knew of mass torture in Syria since November

US government officials saw as early as November hundreds of images of alleged mass torture and killings of detainees held by the Syrian regime, the State Department said. But President Barack Obama's administration at the time decided against making……

U.S. leg of Keystone XL pipeline opens

Oil started to flow on Wednesday through the southern US leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, its Canadian operator said, while Washington mulls whether on not to approve its northern half. Calgary-based firm TransCanada said the US$2.3 billion pipeline had begun carrying crude 487 miles from Cushing in Oklahoma…

Pastor tells Fox News: Obama’s getting us ready to embrace the anti-Christ

Fox News gave a platform to a Texas megachurch pastor who predicts that President Barack Obama is paving the way for the anti-Christ. Fundamentalist Christian pastor Robert Jeffress appeared Monday night on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss his new book, Perfect Ending, which suggests the president’s policies were conditioning Americans…

Military panel calls for Yemeni detainee to be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay

A military panel has recommended transferring a Yemeni detainee from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, reversing earlier orders for him to be held indefinitely without trial, officials said Friday. The move came as part of a renewed effort by President Barack Obama’s administration to close the controversial jail at…

Mitt Romney: Women should only be granted birth control rights at the state level

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that his health care reform law in Massachusetts included birth control in insurance coverage but he opposed it in President Barack Obama’s law because only states should be able to grant those rights to women. On Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed…

Fox News analyst suggests extra-constitutional measures to protect Constitution from Obama

A retired general and Fox News analyst has prescribed a regimen of extra-constitutional measures to protect the Constitution from President Barack Obama. “We need to get off our derrieres, march at the state capitol, march in Washington (and) make citizens arrests,” said conservative activist and retired Major Gen. Paul E.…

Grad student proves NSA can link metadata to your identity with ‘marginal effort’

A Stanford graduate student has shown just how easily names can be matched with phone records, contradicting some of the legal justification offered by federal authorities for the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone data. President Barack Obama said in June that the surveillance captured only which telephone numbers…

‘I am officially illegal’: Ugandan parliament passes ‘odious’ anti-gay bill

Uganda’s parliament on Friday passed an anti-homosexuality bill that would see repeat offenders jailed for life, reports and activists said. “I am officially illegal,” Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote. The lawmaker behind the bill, David Bahati, said an extremely controversial death penalty clause was dropped from…

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