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Occupy Portland protesters evicted peacefully

LOS ANGELES — Police evicted some 200 anti-Wall Street protesters Sunday without incident from downtown Portland, Oregon, the latest city to act against the encampments, officials said. A police spokesman in the north-western US city told KATU TV that the evictions were “totally peaceful” and that most of the protesters…

Copper thieves steal sword from statue at Lincoln’s tomb

CHICAGO — Thieves have snatched a copper sword from the burial site of president Abraham Lincoln, one of the most revered leaders in US history, local media reported. The roughly three-foot (90-centimeter) sword was brandished by the statue of a Civil War artillery officer at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic…

RNC chair: ‘Of course the party doesn’t favor the rich’

The chairman of the Republican National Committee says that it is simply “not true” that his party takes the side of the wealthiest Americans over the poor and middle class. CNN’s Candy Crowley asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Sunday about a recent New York Times poll (PDF) which found that…

Pennsylvania governor expects more Sandusky victims

More alleged sexual abuse victims of former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky are likely to come forward, Pennsylvania’s governor said on Sunday. Governor Tom Corbett, who as the state attorney general opened the grand jury investigation that led to Sandusky being charged this month, said more victims tend…

Romney: Don’t cut Israel aid

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to boost military help to Israel, his campaign said Sunday, a day after he seemed to back starting the ally’s aid package at zero. “Mitt Romney firmly believes that the United States must continue supporting Israel and increase military aid…

GOP super committee member: Tax increases ‘are a reality’

One Republican member of the Congressional “super committee” who has signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge says that tax increases “are a reality” as a part of any deal to reduce the nation’s budget deficit. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that he still has hope that members…

‘Occupy Portland’ protesters defy order to abandon encampment

Protesters against corporate greed in Portland, Oregon defied a midnight deadline to abandon an encampment at two adjacent city parks in a hours-long stand off with police. Thousands of “Occupy Portland” protesters gathered peacefully at Lownsdale and Chapman Squares late Saturday night to protect the encampments and remained into Sunday…

Bachmann: Be more like China, end ‘Great Society’ programs

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says that the U.S. should be more like China and do away with Great Society programs like Medicare and Medicaid. At a debate with seven other Republican candidates in South Carolina Saturday night, National Journal‘s Major Garrett asked Bachmann what programs she would eliminate as…

Congress considers law that would ban use of elephants in circuses

US circuses are circling the wagons against a proposed law in Congress that would ban using elephants under the big top, a tradition that animal rights activists say causes terrible suffering. The bill, introduced this month in the House of Representatives by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, aims directly at traveling…

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