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NJ's First Black Woman Rep Likely, After Bonnie Watson Coleman Wins Dem Nod in 12th District

NJ's First Black Woman Rep Likely, After Bonnie Watson Coleman Wins Dem Nod in 12th District
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman won the Democratic primary in New Jersey's 12th district. The district leans heavily democratic, leading to the very likely possibility of the state's first ever black woman representative.
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Amnesty Shamnesty: Republican Party Still Battling Itself Over Immigration

Amnesty Shamnesty: Republican Party Still Battling Itself Over Immigration
Republicans must do something about immigration reform now or they will find themselves speeding into another presidential election year wrestling with the same “Latino problem” that destroyed any chance for a Republican victory in the last election. But will the Tea Party fringe of the GOP let anything happen?
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VIDEO: President Obama Speaks at the Civil Rights Summit

VIDEO: President Obama Speaks at the Civil Rights Summit
President Barack Obama spoke at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ School of Public Affairs here in Austin. His speech addressed voting rights, the necessity of safety net programs, and the work we still must do to move ahead. Video and full transcript after the flip.
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Judge Says Denver Sheriff's Deputy Must Face Suspension After Brutally Attacking Inmate in Courtroom

Judge Says Denver Sheriff's Deputy Must Face Suspension After Brutally Attacking Inmate in Courtroom
A Denver sheriff's deputy who was caught on camera brutally slamming an inmate's head into a glass wall will be suspended pending an investigation. The inmate, Anthony Waller, who is black, was called "boy" by the deputy, Brady Lovingier during the vicious attack.
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WATCH: Freedom to Marry Ads Feature Wyoming Republican Alan Simpson

WATCH: Freedom to Marry Ads Feature Wyoming Republican Alan Simpson
National gay-rights group Freedom to Marry will air ads this week in Washington, DC, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming featuring former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, a Wyoming lawmaker long identified in American politics with western conservativism who makes the case in the ad for gay marriage.
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In Sign of Improving Women's Civil Rights, Indian Court Sentences Four Men to Life For Textile Mill Gang Rape

In Sign of Improving Women's Civil Rights, Indian Court Sentences Four Men to Life For Textile Mill Gang Rape
An Indian court sentenced four men to life in prison on Friday for raping a call-center operator last year inside an abandoned textile mill in the financial hub of Mumbai.
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Any Power Bestowed to President Obama Will Still Be There for President Rick Perry

Any Power Bestowed to President Obama Will Still Be There for President Rick Perry
"If you have nothing to hide than you have nothing to worry about" is a great defense for NSA spying if the person in charge of the country is your guy. But, what if he's not?
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AZ Gov Brewer Won't Challenge State Constitution by Running for a Third Term

AZ Gov Brewer Won't Challenge State Constitution by Running for a Third Term
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ended months of speculation about her political future on Wednesday when she announced that she will not seek a third term in office. The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a longshot legal challenge to seek another four years in office.
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Astrid Galvan and Bob Christie
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Democratic Candidate for Governor Hedges on Hateful KS Gay Discrimination Bill

Democratic Candidate for Governor Hedges on Hateful KS Gay Discrimination Bill
Minority Leader Paul Davis, the head of the House Democrats and candidate for governor, was lackluster in his opposition to the deplorable Kansas bill that enshrines discrimination against gay people, said LGBT-rights advocates. In a press release Davis made no mention of the civil rights violations, only briefly mentioning "critical challenges" for families.
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Colorado AG Cites 'Religious Freedom,' Joins Anti-Obamacare Birth Control Case

Colorado AG Cites 'Religious Freedom,' Joins Anti-Obamacare Birth Control Case
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, citing the Constitution's 'religious freedom' clause, joined 20 other state prosecutors opposing the birth-control mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Religious zealotry trumps good policy, it seems.
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