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Romney is only no-show at Republican abortion debate

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney was conspicuous by his absence evening at a debate organized by an anti-abortion group in South Carolina. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, ultraconservative former Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Representative Ron Paul all responded to the invitation…

Carter: Gingrich knows how to appeal to racists

Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday accused former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of trying to appeal to racists in South Carolina. “I think he has that subtlety of racism that I know quite well, that Gingrich knows quite well, that appeals to some people in Georgia, particularly the right-wing,” he…

Ron Paul proposes bill to repeal indefinite detention provision

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation to the U.S House on Wednesday that would repeal Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained controversial provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, that required terrorism suspects to be detained by the military without trial,…

Poll boost for White House hopeful Gingrich

WASHINGTON — Opinion polls Wednesday showed a surge in support for Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich as he vies to upset frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina and turn the contest on its head. The polls — one a national survey, the other just in South Carolina — suggested the…

Romney hiding millions in dozens of secret offshore accounts: report

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been hesitant to disclose his tax records and personal finances, and now it might be clear why: the former Massachusetts Governor has hidden tens of millions from the U.S. Treasury in secret offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, according to ABC News. Offshore accounts…

GOP congressman takes up Buffett tax dare

WASHINGTON — Warren Buffett will have to contribute $49,000 from his multi-billion dollar fortune after a Republican congressman took up his dollar-for-dollar challenge for donations to help cut the US deficit. Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell was the first to take up the challenge of one of the world’s richest men,…

Top U.S. court upholds copyright law protecting foreign works

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law extending copyright protection to foreign works — everything from Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” to Picasso’s “Guernica” — even after they have entered the public domain. The court ruled 6-2 that a 1994 law that brought the United States in line with global intellectual…

Seven charged in U.S. insider trading probe

US authorities announced Wednesday the break-up of an alleged $78 million hedge fund insider trading scheme and said they’d charged seven people across the country. Speaking in Manhattan, the chief federal New York prosecutor, US Attorney Preet Bharara, called the ring “a club where everyone scratched everyone else’s back.” Four people were arrested and charged and…

Obama rejects contested Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, saying he could not vouch for its safety by a deadline despite intense election-year pressure. The rival Republican Party had forced Obama to make a decision on whether to approve the 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) route…

Republican-led House ‘disapproves’ debt hike

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives Wednesday passed a largely symbolic measure condemning a hike in the US debt ceiling as political battles over government finances resumed. By a vote of 239 to 176, the lawmakers passed the resolution expressing disapproval of the increase in the US borrowing authority,…

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