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Hillary Clinton Blasts GOP Rivals For Opposing Equal Pay: 'What Century Are They Living In?

(HuffPost) Though she did not specifically mention their names, Clinton criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for calling equal pay a "bogus" issue, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for saying Congress was "wasting time" on the matter and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for comparing paycheck fairness to price-setting by the Soviet Union's governing body, the Politburo.

"What century are they living in?" Clinton said, drawing applause from supporters in the audience.


Watch: Hypocrite Ted Cruz Begs For Federal Relief Money For Houston Flooding

(Occupy Democrats) Ted Cruz, the same Tea Party Senator that voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy because it was “wasteful“, shows off his astonishing hypocrisy by announcing that he will work with Democrats to “stand as one in support of the federal government meeting its statutory obligations.

It turns out that Texas is the biggest recipient of federal disaster relief money in the country, as 46 counties are in a state of emergency. For all the railing that Ted Cruz does against “big government” and “wasteful spending”, he sure is quick to change his tune. The disaster in Texas is an absolute tragedy, but it’s equally appalling to see Cruz flip-flop after attempting to deny critical disaster relief to other Americans for partisan brownie points. This is a real recurring theme with Republicans, who lack the empathy and compassion to spend federal money on disaster relief for other Americans but clamor for it when bad times hit their own states.


Nebraska senators override governor's veto, repeal death penalty

(Omaha World-Herald) Nebraska has repealed the death penalty following a dramatic vote Wednesday by state lawmakers to override the governor’s veto. The high-stakes vote to override the veto of Legislative Bill 268 was 30-19. It requires at least 30 of 49 senators to overturn a gubernatorial veto.


Dan Savage wants to make Duggar the new Santorum: ‘Clearly duggary needs to be a word’

(Rawstory) Dan Savage wants to make the name Duggar synonymous with hypocrisy and child molestation – just as he helped make Santorum a descriptive noun for a byproduct of gay sex. “Clearly ‘duggary’ needs to be a word,” Savage posted Tuesday on Twitter.


Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing'

(NPR) Republican Scott Walker dismissed any controversy over a law he signed in Wisconsin requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound, referring in an interview on a conservative radio show to ultrasounds as "just a cool thing out there."


John McCain has a Democratic challenger

Arizona Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Sen. John McCain for his Senate seat in 2016.


Descriptions of what it felt like to be at the Bernie Sander's kickoff

As CSPAN and MSNBC appear to have covered the speech -- and I hope the speeches of people who worked for him over the years, Bill McGiben, and both Ben and Jerry, I thought it might be better to describe how much fun it was talking with the other people there and then cheering for Bernie and the other speakers.

This afternoon in Burlington seemed like it does every time there is a festival at one of the two large parks. Everyone seemed happy and excited as they walked from the town or the various parking lots -- or the volunteer staffed "secure bike parking" for people arriving via the many miles of a bike path that runs along the lake...


Read Bernie Sanders’ rousing, policy-heavy speech kicking off his campaign

(Vox) On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech kicking off his campaign in his home state of Vermont.


‘No Gays Allowed’ Law Set To Pass In Virginia

(Addicting Info) The state of Virginia is set to pass a law which would allow anti-LGBT business owners to bar gay people, purely on the basis of their sexuality.

The Virginia Bill states that anyone seeking or holding a business license from the state of Virginia in the state can refuse service or entry to gay people, on the grounds it “would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex “marriage” or homosexual behavior.”

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Rules aim to protect imperiled bird's habitat in 10 states

8 min ago - By MEAD GRUVER CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservati ... (AP)

2 Ex-Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Tie the Knot in Uruguay

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Judge’s ruling allows concealed-carry for D.C. gun owners, shoots down police objections

29 min ago - Judge’s ruling allows concealed-carry for D.C. gun owners, shoots down police objections By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2015 A federal judge on Thursday denied a short-term stay on a decision that blocked the District ... (Washington Times)

Police: Man in California standoff shot, killed neighbor

36 min ago - May 28, 4:10 PM EDT Police: Man in California standoff shot, killed neighbor By JULIE WATSON Associated Press CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) -- Police say a man was shot and killed by a neighbor who holed up in his apartment with a woman and two child ... (Associated Press)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges

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Union Pacific furloughs 900 because of lower shipping volumes

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Donald Trump to make 'major' announcement in NYC on June 16

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US stocks end modestly lower

1 hr ago - NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending modestly lower following a sell-off in the Chinese market and concerns about an approaching deadline for Greece to make a debt payment. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 36 points, or 0.2 percent, to close ... (AP)

Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers

1 hr ago - Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers | May 28, 2015 | Updated: May 28, 2015 1:49pm CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another offi ... (Associated Press)

FCC head unveils proposal to narrow 'digital divide'

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US Military Presence In Central America Could Spark Atrocities, Warns Paper

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Qaeda, allies take last regime-held city in Syria's Idlib: monitor

2 hrs ago - Beirut (AFP) - A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda's Syria franchise on Thursday seized Ariha, the last remaining government-held city in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Al-Nusra Fr ... (AFP)

Lawmakers override Ricketts' veto of bill giving driver's licenses to young immigrants

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US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low

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Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit

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White Lunatic Arrested For Terrorizing Kindly Muslim Couple at Gunpoint

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8-Year-Old, Another Woman Killed In Baltimore Shooting

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O'Malley supporters launch super PAC

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Putin Says FIFA Arrests Show U.S. Meddling Abroad, Backs Blatter

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Teva pays $1.2 billion to settle pay-for-delay allegations

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Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10K per month while he advised on Libya

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Latest on flooding: Officials: Threat remains across Texas

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Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime

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Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers

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