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Rick Perry visits San Francisco, says homosexuals are like alcoholics

Rick PerryTexas Governor Rick Perry used alcoholism to analogize his personal view on homosexuality at a meeting of supporters in San Francisco Wednesday night.

Speaking at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, Perry discussed economic issues such as government regulation and job creation. When asked by interviewer Greg Dalton about the Texas GOP's formal endorsement of the otherwise discredited practice of "reparative" therapy to "change" a person's natural sexual preference, Perry said while he does not know if the therapy necessarily works, he does view homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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Ohio must restore three early voting days, court says

Ohio voting restrictions blockedOhio must allow voters to cast in-person ballots on the final three days before an election, a federal judge ordered Wednesday.

The order wraps up one segment of long-running dispute over early-voting days in the quintessential swing state. Most notably, the decision allows voters in the November gubernatorial election to cast ballots on one Sunday, a popular voting day for urban churches whose largely African-American congregants organize "souls to the polls" caravans after services.  Before this ruling: Early voting eliminated on Sundays across Ohio

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House GOP leader Eric Cantor loses renomination bid

Eric Cantor loses seatThe demise of the Tea Party has been greatly exaggerated.

The anti-establishment force within the GOP was strong enough Tuesday to oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a stunning upset by a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon College economics professor Dave Brat.

Cantor said Tuesday that serving in Congress and as majority leader "has been one of the highest honors of my life" and that he would continue to promote the conservative cause. "It's disappointing, sure. But I believe in this country. I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us," he said.

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Edward Snowden's NSA leaks 'an important service', says Al Gore

Al Gore on SnowdenEdward Snowden has secured his highest endorsement yet in the US when former vice-president Al Gore described the leaking of top secret intelligence documents as "an important service".

Asked if he regarded Snowden as a traitor or whistleblower, Gore veered away from the "traitor" label. He refused to go as far as labelling him a whistleblower but signalled he viewed him as being closer to that category than a traitor, saying: "What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the US constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed."

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The Right Didn’t Mind When Bush Paid a Ransom to Terrorists

Bush dealt with terroristsRepublicans are howling (with no proof) that Obama paid a ransom for Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom. Funny. They weren’t howling when Bush actually did it.

The Bowe Bergdahl story moves to the hearing stage this week, so we’ll be treated to the sight of preening House Republicans trying to press Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on when it was that he, too, started hating America. Meanwhile, over in the fever swamps, speculation is growing about an alleged “ransom” the Obama administration may have paid to bring Bergdahl home.

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GOP Straight Up Bribes Democratic Senator In Effort To Block Obamacare

Phillip PuckettsThe Republican Party in Virginia has resorted to what appears to be outright bribery in its ongoing effort to deny low-income residents in the state access to the Medicaid expansion authorized by Obamacare.

The Washington Post is reporting that Republicans offered to move Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett and his daughter into prestigious jobs in exchange for Puckett's resignation, which will flip the chamber into Republican hands. Puckett will officially accept the offer on Monday, the paper reported.

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Obama to sign executive order easing student loan woes

Student loans executive orderPresident Barack Obama will issue an executive action on Monday aimed at making it easier for young people to avoid trouble repaying student loans, a White House official said on Sunday.

The president will sign an order directing the secretary of education to ensure that more students who borrowed federal direct loans be allowed to cap their loan payments at 10 percent of their monthly incomes, the official said.

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