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South Korea’s Pyeongchang wins vote to stage 2018 Games

IOC President Jacques Rogge announced Pyeongchang’s victory at the IOC’s session in Durban. It will be the first time a Korean city has staged the Winter Games and only the third time it will have been held in Asia. “This is one of the happiest days for our country, our…

New York governor signs same-sex marriage into law

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill legalizing gay marriage, delivering a powerful victory for gay rights advocates in one of the most populous and influential states of the union. Gay rights activists chanted and danced in the streets of New York…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to…

Russian found guilty in 2009 murder of journalist Anastasia Baburova

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court sentenced a nationalist to life in prison on Friday for the brazen murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and reporter Anastasia Baburova in what experts called a rare victory for the embattled rights community. The sentencing comes after a jury last month found…

Exclusive: GOP Rep. Jones says ‘let’s declare victory and bring our troops home’

WASHINGTON – Republican Rep. Walter Jones (NC) told Raw Story that the death of Osama bin Laden gives the United States an opportunity to “declare victory” and pull out of Afghanistan. “I hope, after taking out bin Laden, that maybe President Obama will feel better about bringing our troops home,”…

Obama takes a victory lap — around the Lincoln Memorial

In light of last night’s narrowly avoided government shutdown, President Barack Obama is evidently feeling proud of the deal he struck. He’s showing it by taking a victory lap around D.C. According to the press pooler assigned to the president today, Obama spent about 10 minutes this afternoon at the…

Wisconsin court candidates hire Bush and Franken’s recount lawyers

Though neither of the candidates in the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice race, JoAnne Kloppenburg and incumbent David Prosser, have officially called for a recount, state officials and the candidates themselves are preparing for one. Kloppenburg’s campaign staff has set up a fund, the Kloppenburg for Justice Committee, to pay legal…

Wisconsin Supreme Court challenger Kloppenburg declares victory

MADISON, Wis – The challenger backed by Democrats and labor unions in a closely-watched Wisconsin election for a Supreme Court judge seat declared victory on Wednesday over a veteran judge backed by Republicans. But a recount is virtually certain in the race that became a referendum on Republican Governor Scott…

Gaddafi’s son says ‘victory in sight’ as West frets

TRIPOLI – Moamer Kadhafi’s son said on Thursday victory was in sight against rebels fighting his father’s iron-fisted regime after loyalist forces retook two key towns and Western powers fretted over how to deal with the civil war while tightening the screws further. He spoke after NATO and the European…

Former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral election

US President Barack Obama’s ex-enforcer Rahm Emanuel was crowned mayor of Chicago, picking up the mantle from retiring mayor Richard Daley, who has governed the US city for 22 years. “I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight,” Obama said in a statement released…

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