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Pope’s flip-flop on condoms stirs controversy

Campaigners against the spread of AIDS welcomed a u-turn by Pope Benedict XVI on the use of condoms Sunday, saying it marked a historic break with the past which would save lives. In a series of interviews to appear in a book published this week, Benedict said that while the use of condoms should not be seen as a “moral solution”, he stepped back from the Vatican’s blanket ban on all forms of contraception. “In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more
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WATCH: Video Shows Rise Of Food Stamp Use

A new time-lapse video illustrates the depressing rise of food stamp usage throughout the U.S. The video’s creator, Zero Hedge’s John Lohman, points to the alarming levels — food stamps now feed a record 43 million — and warns that the program is the only thing keeping Americans from going “postal.” Sinatra’s upbeat tune “I’ve Got The World By A String” serves as an especially disturbing soundtrack. According to a recent <em>Wall Street Journal report, food stamp usage has increased almost 60 percent since 2007. Click here to see states where usage increased the most. WATCH: From The Huffington Post
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Obama On TSA Screening Anger: I Get It

LISBON, Portugal — President Barack Obama has asked security officials whether there’s a less intrusive way to screen U.S. airline passengers than the pat-downs and body scans causing a holiday-season uproar. For now, they’ve told him there isn’t one, the president said Saturday in response to a question at the NATO summit in Lisbon. “I understand people’s frustrations,” Obama said, while acknowledging that he’s never had to undergo the stepped-up screening methods. Passengers at some U.S. airports must pass through full-body scanners that produce a virtually naked image. If travelers refuse, they can be forced to undergo time-consuming fingertip examinations,
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Barbara Bush Jabs Sarah Palin: ‘I Hope She Stays’ In Alaska

Barbara Bush has shared her thoughts on Sarah Palin, and it sounds as if she hopes the former Alaska governor decides against running for president. “I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska,” Bush said, before adding, “and I hope she’ll stay there.” The former first lady made the comments in an interview with Larry King, which will air Monday night on “Larry King Live.” Barbara Bush is not the only prominent Republican woman to speak poorly of Palin in recent days. On Monday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whom Sarah
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Sarah Palin Book Excerpts Must Be Removed From Gawker, Judge Rules

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” from its blog. The injunction prohibits Gawker from “continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages from the book” pending a hearing on Nov. 30. A quick search of Gawker showed that by Saturday evening, the excerpts had been removed. The original post yields a dead link: HarperCollins Publishers had sued Gawker after it published images on Nov. 17 from Palin’s book before its release next week. In response, Palin tweeted,
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Father-Son Bank Bombing Exposes Anti-Government ‘Underworld’

SALEM, Ore. — People who knew Bruce Turnidge and his son say they loved their guns, hated President Obama, and fantasized about starting a militia and a tent city in the woods for people who shared their radical beliefs. Prosecutors say they acted on their anger at the government by planting a bomb that blew up inside a small-town bank in 2008, killing two police officers and maiming a third. The father and son are on trial in Oregon in a case that has painted a picture of a rural underworld of hatred and resentment in which the defendants blamed
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