Romney takes two point lead in national poll and rakes in $12million online just two days after debate victory Mitt Romney's commanding performance in Wednesday night's first presidential debate has started to yield results as he took a two-point lead in a respected national poll. The Republican candidate has also raised $12million in online donations over the last ... 10/7/2012 - 6:00 am | View Link
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A worker monitors a hydraulic fracturing site outside Rifle, Colorado. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley A Colorado town’s voter-approved ban on fracking in residential areas was shot down on Thursday, after a judge sided with an industry lawsuit claiming only the state government has that kind of authority over oil and gas operations.
A Michigan mayor compared atheists to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan to defend his decision to exclude secular groups from setting up a “reason station” alongside a “prayer station” on public property, reported the Detroit Free Press.
The American Civil Liberties Union and two secular groups have sued the city of Warren and Mayor Jim Fouts on behalf of an atheist resident who asked to set up the booth in a City Hall atrium.
Fouts has allowed a local Christian church group to hand out religious materials and pray with visitors at City Hall since 2009.
But he rejected a proposal by Freedom From Religion member Douglas Marshall to discuss atheism and free thinking alongside the Christian activists.
The federal lawsuit claims Fouts violated Marshall’s First Amendment rights and seeks a court order allowing him to set up the reason station, along with unspecified damages.
“Defendants have favored and are favoring religion over nonreligion, and religious belief over disbelief, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the suit argues.
Fouts said the lawsuit was part of a “continuing saga by a group of people who, in my opinion, promote conflict rather than resolution and understanding.”
The mayor said Marshall intended the reason station to stand in opposition to the prayer station, and he said that was disparaging and antagonistic to the prayer group.
“The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Ku Klux Klan station,” Fouts said.
The Hartford Courant reported that a Republican consultant was fired Thursday after she complained on Facebook about the “white privilege” of her employer’s opponent.
Regina V. Ross Roundtree had been in the employ of Penny Bacchiochi, a Republican candidate for the Connecticut lieutenant governor, until she wrote on Facebook that the “white privilege” demonstrated by Bacchiochi’s Republican opponent in the primary, Heather Bond Somers, turned off potential voters.
“People think what they think, but help the party out and don’t plaster your complete sense of privilege,” Roundtree wrote in the post, which has since been deleted.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Mike Groll United Nations officials are urging several countries with particularly harsh abortion bans to increase legalization of the medical procedure, pointing out their current laws could be in breach of international human rights treaties. In its periodic reviews of member countries’ policies to ensure they’re compliant with the Geneva Conventions, the UN Human Rights Committee is recommending that Ireland and Chile update their abortion laws to ensure access for more women.