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Rep. Joe Walsh gets pro-family award despite owing $117k in child support

The Family Research Council Action Committee has lauded freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) for his “unwavering support of the family,” despite the fact that Walsh’s ex-wife claims he owes her more than $100,000 in child support payments. The FRCA named Walsh a “True Blue” member of Congress, saying that his…

Former skinhead endures 25 surgeries to remove hate tattoos

After 16 months and 25 agonizing surgeries, a former racist skinhead’s face is free of the tattoos that linked him to his white supremacist past. “I didn’t hate anybody,” Bryon Widner recalled to The Associated Press. “I hated myself so I just kind of projected it outward.” “I got convinced…

Immigrants face Alabama civil rights backlash

Fifty-seven years after a historic Supreme Court ruling put an end toracial segregation, Alabama is in the grip of another civil rights crisis, only this time one affecting Hispanics. “People are fleeing the state, they’re afraid to step out of their homes, they’re made to be criminals,” said Sam Brooke, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty…

Immigrant kids shun Alabama schools over tough law

As many as 2,000 children have stopped going to public schools in Alabama as the toughest immigration law in the country forces families into hiding for fear of deportation, rights advocates say. “The impact on immigrant children and families has been nothing short of terrifying,” said Ali Noorani, head of…

Four Republican presidential candidates sign NOM marriage pledge

Tim Pawlenty has become the latest Republican presidential candidate to sign a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), according to Politico. The group is dedicated to fighting same sex marriage and preventing same sex couples from adopting children. Republican candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have…

MLK Day bomb suspect indicted on federal charges

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state man accused of attempting to plant a backpack bomb at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was indicted on federal charges on Tuesday. Kevin William Harpham, 36, was indicted by a U.S. District Court jury in Spokane on one count of attempting to…

Father of MLK bomb suspect: Son didn’t plant bomb, is a racist

The father of man suspected of planting a bomb at a Spokane, Washington Martin Luther King Day parade believes that there is no way his son could have committed the crime. After a raid on his home, Kevin Harpham was arrested last Wednesday on charges of attempting to use a…

Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US: study

CHICAGO – Membership in anti-government extremist groups continues to explode in the United States amid frustration over the lagging economy and the “mainstreaming of conspiracy theories,” a study released Wednesday found. After nearly tripling in 2009 in the wake of the election of the nation’s first black president, anti-government ‘patriot’…

Activist group Oath Keepers in push for new breed of sheriff

For Rex Nichols, the right person to guard against unrestrained federal power encroaching on the rural northwestern Montana county he calls home is a figure straight out of the old West — the aggressive, no-nonsense sheriff. The retired police officer and investment adviser intends to make that a reality, joining…

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