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Piers Morgan asks Ron Paul why he is still in the race

CNN host Piers Morgan on Monday night asked Texas Rep. Ron Paul why he was still in the Republican presidential race when his situation seemed “terminal.” He noted that Paul had obtained only 71 delegates, far behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But Paul…

Julian Assange runs for Australia Senate as ‘libertarian’

SYDNEY — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday vowed to be a “libertarian” and campaign for more openness in government if he is successful in gaining a seat in the Australian Senate. Assange, who is on bail awaiting a British court decision on his appeal against extradition to Sweden on…

Surgery better for diabetes in the obese: studies

CHICAGO — Two clinical studies suggest that gastric surgery is better than traditional methods of care when it comes to controlling diabetes in overweight and obese patients. The first study, coined STAMPEDE, and presented at the American College of Cardiology conference, showed that patients who had operations fared three to…

World’s security depends on nuclear summit: Obama

SEOUL — US President Barack Obama told fellow leaders they have the world’s safety in their hands, as a 53-nation summit on combating nuclear terrorism held its first full session on Tuesday. “The security of the world depends on the actions that we take,” he said in a speech at…

Professor notes similarities between Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi cases

Brown University professor Tricia Rose said Monday that there were important similarities between the cases of Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi. “There are some really important similarities,” she told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. “There are college campuses where young Arab Americans, Muslim Americans and African Americans are joining…

Oklahoma legislators kill provision to drug test politicians

The Oklahoma Senate has dropped legislation that would require politicians throughout the state to be drug tested along with people receiving temporary public assistance. The bill, passed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Monday, would still require applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)…

Obama proposes ex-Bush official as envoy to Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday nominated a former member of president George W. Bush’s national security staff to be the next US ambassador to Iraq. If the Senate approves his nomination, Brett McGurk will become the first US ambassador to Iraq since the United States withdrew all its…

Rep. Gohmert warns of ‘redneck’ mandates if Obamacare upheld

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) on Monday said liberals should be opposed to the insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act because it could be used against them by a future “redneck” president, according to The Hill. “Let’s say you want to follow this administration’s idea of greatest good for…

Wisc. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch: ‘Fragile’ Walker rival ‘got a sugar daddy’ for recall election

Wisconsin Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch accused the Democratic candidate who is hoping to beat Gov. Scott Walker in the upcoming recall election of having to get a “sugar daddy” to run for office. “Kathleen Falk has spent pretty much her entire adult life in politics, so you would think she…

Republican state legislator: Signing tax pledge gives authority to outside group

Lawmakers should be focused on representing their constituents rather than adhering to pledges like the one from Americans for Tax Reform, according to one Republican Pennsylvania legislator. “I never sign tax pledges. I just don’t,” State Rep. John Bear told Think Progress. “I don’t believe in signing tax pledges and…

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