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Gingrich: Abolish ‘anti-American’ Ninth Circuit judges

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared Thursday that he would work to abolish federal judges if he didn’t agree with their “anti-American” or “dictatorial” rulings. At a GOP debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly noted that at least two conservative former attorneys general had blasted Gingrich’s…

Perry: ‘I’m the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday did his best to pander to evangelical voters in Iowa with several references to Tim Tebow, an NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos who is credits God for his recent streak of wins. “I’m kind of getting where I like these debates,” Perry…

GOP Rep. Steve King tweets Dem Rep. is ‘boring’ during hearing

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) called out Rep. Steve King (R-IA) during a hearing on Internet piracy Thursday for tweeting that she was boring. “We are debating the Stop Online Piracy Act and Shiela [sic] Jackson has so bored me that I’m killing time by surfing the Internet,” King wrote…

Co-author of Ohio death penalty says law ‘should be repealed’

An Ohio Supreme Court justice is calling on lawmakers to repeal the state’s death penalty law — even though he helped write it. Testifying before an Ohio House of Representatives committee hearing, Justice Paul Pfeifer insisted that the state was “no longer well-served by our death penalty statute and it…

Gingrich: ‘Post-conception birth control’ should be illegal

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich acknowledged on Thursday that his support for a “fetal personhood” constitutional amendment would make some forms of birth control illegal. Earlier in the week, the candidate had signed a pledge (PDF) from the group Personhood USA that declared he would “support a human life amendment…

Gingrich: My attackers are ‘discordant with the spirit of Christmas’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is putting his critics on the naughty list. In an interview on Iowa Public Television Thursday, the former House Speaker told Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich that former Massachusetts Sen. Mitt Romney and other attackers were “discordant with the spirit of Christmas.” “Are…

McCain on Iraq withdrawal: ‘We risk losing everything that we gained’

For Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the end of one of the most costly wars in U.S. history is not a reason to celebrate. As the final American troops were pulling out of Iraq Thursday, the failed Republican presidential candidate insisted that “everything that we gained” in the war could be…

Chris Wallace: Iowa ‘won’t count’ if Ron Paul wins

Fox News host Chris Wallace doesn’t want Republicans to go wasting their votes on Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign. Wallace, who is moderating a Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that a Paul win would “discredit” the Iowa caucuses. “The Ron Paul people are…

ACLU deputy legal director: NDAA ‘still awful’ despite changes

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at ACLU, said Wednesday night that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 was still highly problematic despite changes to the bill. “It was an awful bill before and it is an awful bill now,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Provisions within the…

Rep. Murphy says Lowes compromising national security

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday accused the national hardware chain Lowes of giving fodder to militant Muslim groups. Facing pressure from the Florida Family Association, a little-known Christian group, Lowes pulled all its advertisements from the TV show All-American Muslim. The series showcases the lives of Americans who follow…

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