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• What Everyone Should Know About The Secretive Group Trying To Swift Boat Barack Obama: A secretive right-wing group, Veterans For A Strong America, is attempting to do to President Obama what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did to Sen. John Kerry in 2004. And they aren’t shy about it. The group’s leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president.” [thinkprogress/Judd Legum and Adam Peck/06 May 2012]
• Biden supports same-sex marriage: Biden told NBC’s “Meet the Press” he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And, quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.” The White House issued a statement saying Biden “was saying what the president has said previously — that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to roll back those rights.” [upi/07 May 2012]
• Yeah, when the talibangelicals go after Willard as a heretic for his Mormonism, he can be arsed to fire back. But when they go after someone on his staff for being gay, Willard regretfully accepts the man’s resignation. Face it, centrists: Martin Niemöller he ain’t.
• “Do What We Say or the Women Will Die”: That may sound like some kind of villainous threat in a Wild West melodrama, but it is exactly what the Rick Perry administration in Texas is saying today. Planned Parenthood is suing the state for unlawfully excluding PP and its hundreds of thousands of patients from life-saving women’s health services. Perry’s health czar says that if Planned Parenthood wins the state will shut down the entire Women’s Health Program. [firedoglake/Glenn W. Smith/06 May 2012]
• Syrians Vote in Election Dismissed by Foes as a Farce: BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria held parliamentary elections on Monday, which the government billed as a step toward long promised reform and the opposition dismissed as a farce that ignored demands for real political change that sparked a national uprising 14 months ago. Organized under the slogan “Your future is in your hand,” the regime of President Bashar al-Assad described the vote as a sign that it was listening to the people’s demands. Adnan Mahmoud, the information minister, issued a statement via state-run media saying the national vote was being made in atmosphere of “democracy and political pluralism.” [nytimes/NEIL MacFARQUHAR/07 May 2012]
• Vladimir Putin inaugurated as Russian president: Vladimir Putin has been inaugurated as president of Russia in a lavish ceremony in the capital, Moscow. Mr Putin is returning to the presidency after an absence of four years in which he served as prime minister. The outgoing President, Dmitry Medvedev, was widely seen as an ally of Mr Putin. He won a third term as president in controversial elections in March. [bbc/07 May 2012]