As the economy colors and polarizes voters’ attitudes, the Election Day outcome for President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney may be decided on the margins by narrower issues that energize small but crucial slivers of the population.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 16 approved the first drug to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Truvada was approved to reduce the risk of infection for individuals at high risk of HIV infection and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners.
The FDA news release said Truvada, taken daily, is to be used for pre-exposure prophylaxis in combination with safer sex practices to reduce the risk of sexually-acquired HIV infection in adults at high risk.
An ex-aide claims in court documents that she was fired after finding Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll in a “compromising position” with another woman.
Carroll, commenting on the assertion, recently told WTSP-TV in Florida, said, “The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For 29 years – I’m the one that’s married for 29 years. The accuser is the one that’s been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”
The legal, business information and media company Thomson Reuters said that an amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota would be bad for business.
Prominent companies including General Mills and St. Jude Medical spoke out earlier against the proposed amendment, which goes to the voters in November. Minnesota already has a law against gay marriage, but gay marriage opponents say the amendment is necessary to put the ban in the state constitution.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promises to name his vice presidential running mate before the party convention in late August. The betting is the risk-averse candidate will pick the safest possible candidate – certainly no one like Sarah Palin who was pulled from obscurity four years ago by John McCain.
With little expected to happen in the White House race between now and the convention, observers have turned to speculating about who Romney will choose, watching every move the various possible candidates make during the summer campaigning. It’s a bit like the Kremlinology the world engaged in back in the days of the Soviet Union.
Edith “Edie” Windsor, who sued the government for failing to recognize her marriage to her wife Thea Spyer, asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to hear her challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
In June, a federal district judge in New York ruled in Windsor’s favor, finding that section three of DOMA unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples. That section says that for federal purposes, marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Texas authorities have released a refined artist rendering of the suspect in the murder of Mollie Judith Olgin and the shooting of Mary Kristene Chapa.
The double-shooting of the young women took place June 22 in a park in Portland, Texas. Witnesses said they were taking a walk in the park before taking in a movie.
Three young men have been sentenced to five years in prison for the videotaped beating of a gay man on an Atlanta street corner that was captured in a widely viewed video.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Dorian Moragne, Dareal Demare Williams and Christopher Cain were also given five years of probation on Friday.
The Democratic National Committee announced that a national hearing on proposals for the party platform is set for July 27-29 in Minneapolis.
The DNC and Obama for America, in a news release, also announced details of the platform process.
A coalition of groups is organizing a protest for July 24 in Washington, D.C., to coincide with the International AIDS Conference taking place there.
The We Can End AIDS coalition is organizing the “mobilization for economic justice and human rights” to demand:
New Jersey Devils enforcer Cam Janssen has apologized for a profanity-laced interview in which he made several comments, including one about gays.
Janssen, who re-signed with the Devils this offseason but rarely played during the postseason, issued his apology through the team on July 13. He participated in a Web-based radio show earlier in the week and said he used poor judgment during the course of the show. Janssen says he regrets his action and said he arranged the interview on “The Thom and Jeff Show,” noting the Devils had no knowledge of it.
Anchorage city officials have discovered a batch of 141 ballots that potentially weren’t counted during April’s city election, when a gay rights measure failed.
Assembly Chair Ernie Hall and Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones said in a recent statement that the ballots were found in sealed bags on July 11, the Anchorage Daily News reported.