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Boehner ‘may’ hold payroll tax cut hostage over Keystone pipeline

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Sunday that he may block an extension of the payroll tax holiday if President Barack Obama does not approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this Keystone pipeline is in fact approved,” the…

Afghan soldier kills four French troops over U.S. Marines video

KABUL — An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources told AFP. The attack on the soldiers, who were unarmed, came on Friday at a base…

Libya ruling council deputy head quits after protests

BENGHAZI, Libya — The deputy head of Libya’s National Transitional Council resigned on Sunday after angry protests, as the ruling body faced its first serious challenge since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi. The NTC also postponed the adoption of the new election law to January 28 after it met at…

NinjaVideo co-founder gets 14 months in prison for copyright infringement

The co-founder of a website that allowed users to watch streaming videos of TV shows, movies, and documentaries has been sentenced to 14 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Twenty-four-year old Matthew David Howard Smith, also known by the online alias Dead1ne, plead guilty to criminal…

Chris Christie: ‘Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has “embarrassed” the Republican Party, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney never has. Following Romney’s devastating loss to Gingrich in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Christie told NBC’s David Gregory that the former speaker just didn’t…

Rick Santorum gets glitter bombed again

Glitter has certainly found a way towards Rick Santorum’s face on the campaign trail. While greeting supporters after a third place finish in the South Carolina Primary, the former Pennsylvania Senator was approached by ‘Occupy’ protesters not pleased over his anti-gay views. “Hate, gay rights!” a woman shouted before throwing…

Joe Paterno dies at 85

Former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno passed away Sunday morning at the age of 85 after complications from lung-cancer treatment. Paterno, who was the winningest coach in college football history, was fired by the school’s Board of Trustees in November after the fallout surrounding the child sex-abuse scandal…

Rep. Johnson: Citizens United allowed corporate money to dictate public policy

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) condemned the influence of money on American politics on Saturday, the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision. “An activist Supreme Court, misusing its authority by legislating policy from the bench, ignored decades of legal precedent when it ruled…

Romney admits ‘mistake,’ will release tax return

After being soundly beaten by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is pledging to release tax returns for at least one year. On Sunday, Romney admitted to Fox News host Chris Wallace that he had made a “mistake” by not…

House Republicans try to cheer each other up at retreat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives, having seen their 2010 election victory dissolve into a near-suicidal tax fight, are promoting a repackaged jobs message they hope carries them to victory in the 2012 elections. At a three-day retreat at a harborfront hotel in Baltimore, an hour’s drive…

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