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Hollywood A-list supports militant anti-whaling group

SYDNEY — A militant animal rights group locked in a bitter high seas battle with Japanese whalers have the support and funding of a Hollywood A-list including Sean Penn and French screen siren Brigitte Bardot. One of the world’s best known and more extreme marine activist outfits, the not-for-profit Sea…

David Brooks prefers single-payer to status quo

Conservative columnist David Brooks expressed support Sunday for a system of health care otherwise demonized in the press by the right wing. “I wouldn’t mind a single-payer. Frankly I prefer a single-payer to what we have now,” Brooks told ABC’s Jake Tapper. Brooks’ support for single-payer comes late in the…

Minnesota Gov. wants to protect kids from cross-dressing elementary-school teachers

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been busy working to shore up the support of his conservative base as he mulls a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. This could explain his views in the following Newsweek interview, in which he enumerates his belief in creationism and announces that…

Nelson: Tax the rich and I’ll oppose health care bill

WASHINGTON — Hours before Democrats passed a historic cloture motion to advance the health care bill, one of its critical backers announced that his vote remains conditional on a set of demands. It had better not tax the rich, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said Sunday in an appearance on CNN’s…

Dean: I won’t “vigorously” support Obama’s re-election

WASHINGTON — Escalating his opposition to what remains of the health care legislation, former Gov. Howard Dean has taken more swipes at President Obama, after a contentious back-and-forth that led to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly sniping at him on Wednesday. Dean, who outspokenly championed the public option and also…

Organizers: Californians to vote on marijuana legalization

According to organizers in California, next year the state will vote on a measure to legalize marijuana. Though the state’s bar is set high for ballot measures to be put before voters, requiring some 433,971 valid signatures, marijuana legalization activists claim to have collected 680,000, according to a published report.…

Another senator backs out of healthcare compromise

WASHINGTON — Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) has followed the fastidious Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in withdrawing his support from the Senate health care compromise, which jettisoned the public insurance option in favor of a Medicare buy-in program for people 55 years and up. “I am concerned that it’s the…

George Will: US ‘probably in the process’ of legalizing marijuana

In the chronicle of America’s war against its marijuana users, conservative columnist George Will may have just earned credit for his own Walter Cronkite moment. Appearing on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the Pulitzer-winning journalist and longtime icon of America’s political right declared that with President Barack…

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