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President Barack Obama Wins Second Term

via Steve Holland and John Whitesides, Reuters President Barack Obama rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House on Tuesday with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney as the Democrat overcame deep doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy. Romney called Obama to concede after the president’s victories in … Continue reading

Arizona, Indiana Blocked From Defunding Planned Parenthood

via Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress Planned Parenthood scored two legal victories this week, with rulings in both Arizona and Indiana preventing the healthcare provider from being defunded. A federal judge has blocked Arizona from implementing HB 2800, a measure that would have revoked Medicaid funding for family planning services at any health organization that also provides … Continue reading

Digital Afterlife: What Happens To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

via Jessica Hopper, NBC Rock Center When Helen and Jay Stassen’s 21-year-old son, Benjamin, committed suicide 19 months ago, he did not leave a note. If it had been 20 years ago, the Stassens might have looked through diaries, letters or other personal items in an attempt to find clues as to why he decided … Continue reading

Senate Democrats’ November Prospects Appear To Be Modestly Improving

via Jon Walker, FireDogLake Things appear to be looking up for Senate Democrats. While this year will be inherently very tough for Senate Democrats — they have 23 seats to defend compared to the Republicans who have only 10 seats up this year — the Democrats recently received several pieces of good news.  Earlier this … Continue reading

Supreme Court Will Hear Arizona v. United States This Week

via Mike Sacks, The Huffington Post On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the federal government’s challenge to the Grand Canyon state’s controversial anti-immigration law, S.B. 1070. The case, Arizona v. United States, will not only be the Court’s second politically-charged blockbuster in as many months, but also a rematch between … Continue reading

Women In Texas Losing Options For Health Care In Abortion Fight

via Pam Belluck, The New York Times Leticia Parra, a mother of five scraping by on income from her husband’s sporadic construction jobs, relied on the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Carlos, an impoverished town in South Texas, for breast cancer screenings, free birth control pills and pap smears for cervical cancer. But the clinic … Continue reading

Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Are a ‘Radicalized Organization’

via Erin Skarda, TIME Despite their disguise as cookie-selling, campfire-making, s’mores-eating young girls, the Girl Scouts of the USA are actually a pro-sex, pro-abortion, “radicalized” group seeking to crush Christian ideals and corrupt the country’s youth, at least according to one Indiana legislator. Rep. Bob Morris sent a contentious letter to Indiana House Republicans over … Continue reading

10 States Freed From ‘No Child Left Behind’ Requirements

via CNN Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform law, with President Barack Obama explaining Thursday that the move aims to “combine greater freedom with greater accountability.” Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee will no longer … Continue reading

Female Candidates For Congress On Upward Trend

via Susan Davis, USA Today The roster of congressional candidates for this year’s elections is taking shape and one trend is emerging: 2012 could be another “Year of the Woman” in American politics. The moniker was famously applied in 1992 when four women were elected to the Senate, a high watermark for the chamber that … Continue reading

Indiana Senate Panel OKs Creationism Teaching Bill

via AP, Indianapolis Business Journal An Indiana Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in Indiana’s public schools. The Times of Munster reported that the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee voted 8-2 Wednesday to send the legislation to the full Senate despite pleas from scientists and religious leaders to keep … Continue reading

Anonymous Donors Pay Off Kmart Layaway Accounts

via Margery A. Beck, AP, Yahoo News The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children. He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up … Continue reading

The Return Of Debtor’s Prisons: Thousands Of Americans Jailed For Not Paying Their Bills

via Marie Diamond, ThinkProgress Federal imprisonment for unpaid debt has been illegal in the U.S. since 1833. It’s a practice people associate more with the age of Dickens than modern-day America. But as more Americans struggle to pay their bills in the wake of the recession, collection agencies are using harsher methods to get their … Continue reading

Occupy EVERY Street

Don’t Quit, 99%.  Get Louder. Occupy Every Street. United States Alabama Occupy Auburn Occupy Birmingham Occupy Huntsville Occupy Mobile Occupy Tuscaloosa Alaska Occupy Alaska Occupy Anchorage Arizona Occupy Arizona Occupy Flagstaff Occupy Phoenix Occupy Prescott Occupy Sedona Occupy Tempe Occupy Tucson Occupy Yuma Arkansas Occupy Arkansas Occupy Fayetteville Occupy Little Rock California Occupy Arcata Occupy … Continue reading

Nikki Haley’s Jobless Drug Test Claim Exaggerated

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) wants the jobless to pass a drug test before they can receive benefits, but she seems to have an exaggerated sense of drug use among the unemployed. “I so want drug testing. I so want it,” Haley said during a Thursday question-and-answer session at the Lexington Rotary Club. She … Continue reading

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