Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Santorum Campaigns in Colorado Springs

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Rick Santorum changed venues just before his scheduled event in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Republican candidate appeared with Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family founder, and talked about abortion, stem cell research, and contraceptives.

He talked about the changes he would make on his first day as President. “I will not sign any bill that allows for any funding for abortions with any federal taxpayer dollars,” he said.

The Colorado Republican Caucus is February 7.


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Army Veteran Sues Government for Rights for Same-Sex Spouse

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A U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is suing the federal government, claiming she and her wife were denied military benefits available to married couples.

A complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles says that the government’s definition of marriage is unconstitutional and violates equal protection.

Tracey Cooper-Harris, who served twelve years in the Army, wants the same military benefits that a heterosexual married couple would receive.

Ms. Cooper-Harris was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Her disease is “service-connected.” Ms. Cooper-Harris wants to make sure that after she dies, her spouse, Maggie, whom she married in 2008, is taken care of financially.

She also wants Maggie to be buried next to her in a veterans cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs denied the request.

Even if the V.A. recognized the marriage, the federal government would not. The Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and says states cannot be forced to recognize such marriages allowed in other states.

Ms. Cooper-Harris says she was married in California, where her marriage is legally recognized.

This is one of the first lawsuits filed by a veteran challenging same-sex marriage benefits from the military. It could take years for a decision to be reached.

Via CNN.

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Ecuador to Close “Clinics” to “Cure” Gays

Ecuador will investigate and act against any clinics found to be trying to force homosexuals to change their sexual orientation, a Health Ministry official said today.

Gay rights activists in the South American country say four clinics that engaged in coercive practices have been shut down in recent months but that others still run.

Health Ministry official David Troya told The Associated Press the agency will deal with any clinics that offer such treatments, which are abusive.

Newly named Health Minister Carina Vance, who has publicly defended gay rights, is hiring someone to work exclusively on the issue.

The ministry is “clear and emphatic” that in line with the World Health Organization findings, “homosexuality is not an illness and that as such a cure can’t be suggested, so that whoever offers treatments is deceiving people and acting illegally,” Mr. Troya said.

Paola Concha told the AP that her family sent her in 2006 to a clinic to “cure” her of homosexuality. “I received physical and verbal aggression during the eighteen months I was interned in one of these centers,” she said. “Nearly daily they beat me, and many times I was handcuffed to a pipe.”

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Facebook Files $5 Billion IPO

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Facebook files to raise $5 billion in an initial public offering of stock.

In 2011, Facebook earned $1 billion on sales of $3.7 billion. As of December 31, Facebook had 845 million daily active users.

The majority of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising, a combination of search and display ads.

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Combat Mission in Afghanistan to End in 2013

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The United States and NATO will end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning to a training role, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.

“Hopefully, by mid to the latter part of 2013, we’ll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise and assist role,” Sec. Panetta told reporters traveling with him to Belgium.

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Hundreds Killed or Injured at Football Riot in Egypt

At least sixty-eight people were killed when riots broke out at a soccer game in Egypt.

Hundreds were injured in the riots.

The fighting occurred in a stadium in the northeastern city of Port Said at a match between Al-Ahly and the home team, Al-Masry.

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AA Cuts 13,000 Jobs

American Airlines says it plans to cut 13,000 jobs as it attempts to emerge from bankruptcy.

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