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US finally extradites former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to France

The United States extradited former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega to France Monday to face money-laundering charges after years of public wrangling, US and French officials said. Noriega was placed aboard an Air France jet in Miami for the flight back to France escorted by French prison officials, a source close…

Texas tries to block same-sex divorce in appeals court challenge

Texas has banned gay marriage and its conservative attorney general is trying to make sure that same-sex couples who tied the knot in other jurisdictions cannot get divorced in the Lone Star state. An appeals court is currently considering whether the Massachusetts marriage of two Dallas men can be ended…

Republicans dominate watchdog’s list of ‘worst governors’

Some of the US’s highest profile governors have made a list they’d probably rather stay off of — the country’s worst. A report from political watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) lists what it calls the 11 “worst governors” in America, and among them are California Governor…

Oklahoma governor considers tough new abortion bills

CHICAGO (AFP) – The governor of Oklahoma was considering tough new abortion bills Tuesday that would allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects and require women to answer intrusive questions. The results of the questionnaires would be posted online. Women would also be required to have an invasive…

Biden lauds killing of Qaida in Iraq figure US military once declared fictional

Maybe it’s really the smoke monster from ABC’s Lost. Monday afternoon in the White House briefing room, Vice President Joe Biden lauded reports that “early in the morning, October 18th, Iraqi security forces killed the two most senior leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq during a series of joint security operations.”…

Major powers end ‘constructive’ talks on Iran sanctions

NEW YORK (AFP) - – Six major powers wrapped up what they said was a "very constructive" meeting on fresh UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but diplomats cautioned against expecting early adoption.…

Oklahoma conservatives, lawmakers plot anti-federal militia

Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty. Tea party movement leaders say they’ve discussed the idea with…

White House shoots down Hillary Supreme Court rumors

No, Hillary Clinton will not be President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. That’s the message from the White House on Monday, amidst growing speculations that the Secretary of State might be tapped to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as…

GOP governor proclaims April ‘Abortion Recovery Month’

In a document affixed with Minnesota’s official seal and signed by Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has officially dubbed April “Abortion Recovery Month.” His proclamation hails the “culture of life and hope” and praises the state’s church-based abortion recovery programs as “offer[ing] support and recovery services to…

Mississippi gov joins in: No need to cite slavery when cheering Confederacy

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) believes there’s no need to mention slavery when honoring the Confederacy because it “goes without saying” that slavery is “bad.” “I don’t know what you would say about slavery,” Barbour said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “but anyone who thinks that you have to…

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