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Pennsylvania high schoolers wear matching flannel, hang hateful posters on ‘Anti-Gay Day'

A band of Pennsylvania high schoolers in matching flannel shirts slapped hateful poster on gay students’ lockers and drafted a “lynch list” to mark their self-concocted “Anti-Gay Day,” students said.

As many as 100 students at Claysville’s McGuffey High School took part in the Thursday protest a day after the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance held its Day of Silence. GSA’s day was organized to draw attention to and condemn bulling against gay students, according to the Observer-Reporter.

The homophobic students, mostly boys, wore flannel shirts on the same day and wrote “anti-gay” and drew crosses on the backs of their hands. The group stuck intimidating posters on gay students’ lockers and scuffled with Gay-Straight Alliance members and their supporters, student Zoe Johnson told WPXI.

“Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down,” she said.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pennsylvania-high-schoolers-organize-anti-gay-day-article-1.2192834

Not the Onion: Religious Groups Worried They’ll Be Branded As Bigots After Same-Sex Marriage Case

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest religious groups are worried that their opposition to same-sex marriage will make them outcasts in American society, and they told the U.S. Supreme Court they are being “slandered” as bigots as justices prepare to hear arguments in a landmark case.

“Laws reserving marriage for the union of a man and a woman were the universal rule in this country until a decade ago,” says a brief filed by Southern Baptists, evangelicals, Mormons and others. “They are not tokens of ignorance and bigotry now.”

Catholic bishops and a national coalition of black pastors have also weighed in about their opposition to same-sex marriage as have faith-based groups like Concerned Women for America. Jewish groups and some smaller Christian denominations have expressed support for same-sex marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on April 28 in cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage as violations of the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. A decision is expected before July.

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http://swtimes.com/news/politics/major-religious-groups-worried-they-ll-be-branded-bigots-after-same-sex-marriage-case

Poor Bigots. If the Shoe fits...

Mike Luckovich Toon- Suicide Note

Obama: Elizabeth Warren 'Wrong' in Opposing Trade Deal

President Barack Obama says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and some other Democrats are "wrong" in opposing his bid to secure a free trade agreement with Asia-Pacific nations.

Obama says he would not be pursuing the trade deal if he didn't think it were good for middle class Americans.

The president is seeking "fast track" authority to advance trade deals being negotiated with numerous nations. The authority lets Congress reject or endorse, but not amend, proposed trade deals backed by the president.

The U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations over a Trans Pacific Partnership agreement that aims to create a free trade zone in the Asia-Pacific region.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-elizabeth-warren-wrong-opposing-trade-deal-30479542

Liberal Democrats pressure Clinton to advocate ‘debt-free college’

Liberal leaders are pressuring Hillary Rodham Clinton advocate a national plan for "debt-free college" in her presidential campaign, part of a broader effort to convince the Democratic front-runner to embrace pillars of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's progressive agenda.

The push comes as prominent Democratic senators and House members plan to introduce resolutions calling for the elimination of student debt at public colleges and universities on Tuesday, while progressive activists have scheduled events at 10 college campuses -- all in a coordinated push to promote debt-free college as a major issue in the 2016 presidential race.

Although Clinton is not expected to unveil a detailed policy agenda until later this spring or summer, she mentioned rising student loan debt as a focus of her campaign during her visit to Iowa last week. "There's something wrong when students and their families have to go deeply into debt to be able to get the education and skills they need in order to make the best of their own lives," Clinton said at a Kirkwood Community College in Monticello.

The debt-free college effort is being coordinated by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which says it represents "the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party" and has been trying to pull Clinton to the left on a variety of economic and other issues.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/04/21/liberal-democrats-pressure-clinton-to-advocate-debt-free-college/?wprss=rss_politics

Dead deer on the side of the road? Walker doesn't want DNR paying for disposal

Spot a dead deer on the side of the road? Gov. Scott Walker doesn't want the state Department of Natural Resources paying to clean it up.

Walker's budget would delete $700,000 in funding a year for DNR to pay for disposal of deer carcasses along Wisconsin's roadways.

Instead, responsibility for paying to cart off the dead deer would fall to whatever other government agency is in charge of the road. Or they may be left uncollected.

"Dead and decaying deer on the roadside are unsightly and can dampen Wisconsin's reputation as a tourist destination," the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau cautioned members of the Legislature's budget committee in a memo describing the proposal.

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http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/300803141.html

America: Too fat to fight

By Carol Costello

Soon, America will be too fat to fight.

Forget about rampant diabetes, heart attacks and joint problems -- the scariest consequence arising out of our losing battle with the bulge is the safety of our country.

In about five years, so many young Americans will be grossly overweight that the military will be unable to recruit enough qualified soldiers. That alarming forecast comes from Maj, Gen. Allen Batschelet, who is in charge of U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Obesity, he told me, "is becoming a national security issue."

I was so taken aback by Batschelet's statement that I felt the need to press him. Come on! Obesity? A national security crisis? The General didn't blink. "In my view, yes."

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/21/opinions/costello-america-fat/index.html

Six U.S. senators call for rejection of Comcast-TWC merger

Six U.S. senators on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of the country's largest cable providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc .

The call came from Democratic Senators Al Franken, Edward Markey, Ron Wyden, Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal, alongside Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, in letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

"Should the transaction survive the FCC's and DOJ's reviews, we believe that Comcast-TWC's unmatched power in the telecommunications industry would lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and poorer quality services for Americans," they wrote in a rare direct call for a rejection by multiple lawmakers.

The company on Tuesday pushed back against the senators' concerns. Spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice in a statement said the benefits of the deal were "demonstrated and real," saying they included faster Internet speeds and better video services for more consumers and better connectivity for low-income Americans.

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http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N0XI1FV20150421?irpc=932
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