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Romney, Giuliani Woo Religious Right

One by one, the Republican presidential contenders are going a’courtin’, stating their positions on gay marriage, abortion, religion and other high-priority issues of a crucial conservative constituency:  the religious right.  On Friday, Mitt Romney made his case to the Values Voters Summit, gingerly handling the matter of his Mormon faith, while Giuliani pitched woo on Saturday.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


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film.guardian.co.uk

Harry Potter Creator Outs Key Character

J.K. Rowling, author and creator of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter franchise, revealed to a packed Carnegie Hall on Friday that Albus Dumbledore, the revered Hogwarts headmaster in her book series, is gay.  When her announcement sparked a round of applause, Rowling said, “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.”

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Diego Garcia
guardian.co.uk

Britain to Investigate ‘CIA Black Site’

The British government’s Foreign Affairs Committee will look into charges by a number of sources, including human rights groups and a retired U.S. general, that sovereign British land has been used as a CIA “black site” prison. The island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, has been leased to the United States and is the site of an American military base but remains British territory.

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Bobby Jindal and friends
nytimes.com

Indian-American Could Beat the Odds in the South

The voters of Louisiana are very close to electing as their governor Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican congressman of Indian descent. While the chattering class is preoccupied with whether the nation is ready for a black or woman president, the conservative Republicans of Louisiana, many of whom once threw their support behind former klansman David Duke, seem to have moved on.

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James Watson
AP photo / Markus Schreiber

DNA Scientist Apologizes for Race Remarks

Nobel-winning scientist James Watson, half of the DNA-pioneering team Watson and Crick, is undergoing a firestorm of criticism for recent comments he made in London’s Sunday Times about how he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” 

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Pelosi
politico.com

Dems Blow Override, Vow to Keep On Fighting

House Democrats managed to pick up a few more votes for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, but not enough to override the president’s veto. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to keep fighting for the overwhelmingly popular program: “In the next two weeks we will send the president another bill that insures coverage for 10 million children.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bomb blast
news.bbc.co.uk

Deadly Bombings Mar Bhutto’s Return

More than a hundred Pakistanis were killed Thursday by two bomb blasts as a crowd of 200,000 gathered to witness the return of exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.  Bhutto herself escaped unscathed and was rushed to her home.

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birth control
healthofchildren.com

Maine Middle School to Offer Birth Control

While the nation’s tweens and teens are taught the laughable “abstinence only” government-sponsored curriculum about sex, one middle school in Maine is taking a more realistic approach to the matter, offering a range of birth control options in an effort to curb a troubling trend toward teen pregnancy among its students.  Yes, you read that right:  This is a middle school we’re talking about here.

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Iraq power line
nytimes.com

Iraq Awards Iran Contracts, U.S. Sulks

Determined to show just how adolescent they can be, U.S. representatives in Baghdad have expressed dissatisfaction and suspicion over a pair of power plants that Iranian and Chinese companies plan to build in Iraq. One American military official described the contracts this way: “As you know, it’s not always as it appears.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Oral Roberts University entrance
answers.com

Oral Roberts U. Leader Takes Leave in Scandal

Responding to accusations about extracurricular use of university funds, among other charges, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, the 58-year-old son of school founder and namesake Oral Roberts, has stepped down from his post for the moment. 

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