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Romney: ‘I’ll take a lot of credit’ for saving the auto industry

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday gave himself kudos for the U.S. auto industry’s recovery because he had called to let car companies go bankrupt. “I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy,” the candidate told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “And finally, when that was done, and help was given,…

93-year-old woman suing Pennsylvania over voter ID law

Viviette Applewhite, like many elderly Americans, does hot have a birth certificate or a driver’s license. The 93-year-old grandmother is suing the state of Pennsylvania over its harsh new voter ID law, according to Think Progress. Applewhite said she has voted in every election since she voted for John F.…

Washington D.C. booms but unease at racial divide

It was once known as the “Murder Capital of the World,” a city beset by a crack epidemic, no-go areas and resulting crime which triggered decades of white flight to the suburbs. Decades on from its darkest days, however, Washington DC is experiencing an economic boom that has reversed its long-declining population and is…

Anti-gay group: Biden declared war on 30 states

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, blasted Vice President Joe Biden on Monday for claiming same sex couples should have the same rights as opposite sex couples. “It’s always hard to know what Vice President Biden is doing whenever he speaks,” Brown said. “He could be launching…

Abbott Labs fined $1.6 billion over drug marketing

WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories has been fined $1.6 billion for marketing its anti-seizure medication Depakote for other unauthorized uses, US authorities and the company announced Monday. The Department of Justice said Abbott pleaded guilty and would pay a criminal fine and forfeiture of $700 million, and pay another $800…

U.S. hikers jailed in Iran marry in California

WASHINGTON — Two of the US hikers imprisoned in Iran on suspicion of being spies after straying across the border in July 2009 married in California, a lawyer and friend of the couple said Monday. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd — who became engaged during their time in captivity —…

Economic trends strengthen Obama’s hand

WASHINGTON — There is no doubt Barack Obama is in a tough spot. With time slipping away before November’s elections, the economy seems to keep dealing him a sub-par hand. Unemployment, at 8.1 percent, is still high enough to induce mountain sickness, and the descent has been painfully slow. The…

Rep. Adam Smith urges Congress to remove indefinite detention from NDAA

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) urged his colleagues on Monday to ensure that next year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) did not allow the military to detain anyone on U.S. soil without trial. The NDAA of 2013 released by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon includes language stating that any…

U.S. urges circumcision for soldiers to fight HIV in Africa

MAPUTO — Male circumcision is the best way to prevent new HIV infections in the military, the head of US anti-AIDS efforts told a gathering of top army brass from Africa, Eastern Europe and central Asia. “We believe male circumcision is a highly significant, lifetime intervention. It is a gift…

Rep. Allen West: Obama’s meeting with Karzai a ‘Chamberlain, Hitler moment’

Rep. Allen West, a tea party Republican from Florida, on Monday compared the draw down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to the appeasement of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, according to Right Wing Watch. On May 1, President Barack Obama signed a ten-year security agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Under…

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