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Ingraham Suggests Cain Would Be The Real First Black President Because Obama Has White Relatives

Right-wing radio host and Fox contributor Laura Ingraham makes a living from race-baiting when it comes to the president. Like many of her conservative cohorts, Ingraham often insists that much of Obama’s success is solely derived from the fact that he is African-American. Yesterday on her radio show, Ingraham offered Obama’s rise to the presidency as a perfect example of “the problem with affirmative action.” This is “what happens when individuals get pushed into positions, or elevated to positions for which they’re not qualified,” she said. “People get pushed, pushed, pushed farther than their abilities can match the position, and then they just keep failing.” All “because we had such a yearning for history,” she added.

Christian group angered by Fla. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s gay marriage stance

A Christian group has chastised U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, as “an arrogant, anti-family, homosexualist extremist” for becoming the first Republican in Congress to co-sponsor legislation to repeal the federal ban on gay marriage.

Topeka, Kansas City Council Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money

Faced with their worst budget crises since the Great Depression, states and cities have resorted to increasingly desperate measures to cut costs. State and local governments have laid off teachers, slashed Medicaid funding, and even started unpaving roads and turning off streetlights.

But perhaps the most shocking idea to save money is being debated right now by the City Council of Topeka, Kansas. The city could repeal an ordinance banning domestic violence because some say the cost of prosecuting those cases is just too high

Doctors Ask New York to Study Health Impacts Before Allowing Fracking

A group of doctors, nurses and environmentalists is calling on New York officials to study the health risks of gas drilling before allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Nobel Peace Prize goes to 3 women activists, including Liberia’s Sirleaf

TRIPOLI, Libya — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to three women activists, two from Liberia and one from Yemen, in recognition of their nonviolent campaigns toward peace and women’s rights in conflict zones.

Obama’s fine with tax on millionaires, but wouldn’t stop there

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama endorsed a tax on millionaires to pay for his job creation package as he prodded lawmakers Thursday to deliver a jolt to a moribund economy, warning that frustrated voters are likely to “run them out of town” if they fail to act.

Senate Democrats who are grappling to get enough support in the caucus for the $447 billion package have suggested taxing millionaires, and Obama said Thursday at the White House that he’d back the move, though he suggested that he’d still want other tax increases he’s proposed to help reduce long-term budget deficits.

Dwarf-Tossing, Long Banned, May Return In Florida

News that a Florida legislator wants to bring back the banned activity of “dwarf tossing” has people shaking their heads, and wondering why in the world you would want to do something like that. Of course, they’re also curious as to whether he’ll succeed.

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