Monthly Archives: February 2012

Romney, Santorum to Split Michigan’s Delegates

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will each get half of Michigan’s 30 delegates, according to CNN estimates.

Romney won the popular vote in Tuesday’s Michigan Republican presidential primary. However, Michigan distributes its delegates proportionally.

A candidate needs a total of 1,144 delegates to clinch the Republican nomination.

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Deadly Tornado Wounds at Least 100 in Midwest

The tornado that hit Harrisburg, Illinois, leaving six dead, was preliminarily rated an EF4, the second most powerful on the rating scale, according to the National Weather Service.

The powerful storm system left destruction and death in its wake as it pushed through the Midwest on Wednesday, leaving at least nine people dead and more than 100 injured.

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Davy Jones Dead at 66

‘Monkees’ teen idol Davy Jones is dead of apparent heart attack at age sixty-six, a Florida law enforcement official says.

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North Korea Suspends Nuclear Activity

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North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear activity at Yongbyon, its major nuclear facility. North Korea also has agreed to a moratorium on long-range missile launches.
The announcement came Wednesday after a U.S. delegation returned from Beijing following a third exploratory round of bilateral talks.
In a statement, the State Department said the United States “still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas” but that today’s announcement “reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these.”

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James Murdoch Resigns from News Corp.

James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has resigned as executive chairman of News Corp.’s United Kingdom publishing unit.

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Washington Poised to Require Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance

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At a time when many states are making it harder for women to get abortions, Washington appears headed in the opposite direction.

Fifteen states restrict insurers from covering abortions. Twelve are considering such measures. By contrast, a bill that has passed Washington’s House and is working its way through the Senate would make the state the first to require all health-insurance plans except those claiming a conscience-based exemption to include abortion coverage.

The measure, House Bill 2330, would require insurers who cover maternity care, which Washington insurers must offer, to pay for abortions. New York is the only other state considering similar rules, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Supporters say the state is protected by its existing conscience exemptions and note the bill has a self-destruct clause nullifying it in the event it were found to conflict with federal law. They say it would simply makes sure that women in Washington, one of four states to have legalized abortion before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, continue to have easy access to abortions once changes in federal health-care laws take effect in 2014.

“Washington state has historically been in the forefront for women’s reproductive rights,” said Rep. Eileen Cody. “We’re just trying to maintain the status quo.”

Via The Seattle Times.

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Issa: All-Male Contraception Forum Not “My Greatest Success”

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Eight days after holding an all-male anti-contraception forum, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) admitted on Friday that the episode did not go as well as he expected.

“I won’t call it my greatest success to get a point across on behalf of the American people,” said the six-term congressman.

Rep. Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, held a hearing on February 16 to discuss the Obama administration’s regulation that requires insurers to provide birth control coverage. During the hearing, Issa prohibited a woman from testifying.

However, after enduring more than a week of embarrassment in the media, Rep. Issa was chastened while speaking at the California Republican Party’s Spring Convention:

Right now there are attacks on the Constitution. Some of them are subtle, and some are less subtle. I’m just going to relate one thing to you. Last week there was a hearing that was spun, it was terrible spun. We all saw it. I won’t call it my greatest success to get a point across on behalf of the American people.

Via ThinkProgress.

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