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Haley Barbour: Cain scandal has ‘smell of Clarence Thomas’

Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour played the race card on Sunday while defending Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against sexual harassment charges. “I do think you have the smell here of [conservative Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas,” Barbour told NBC’s David Gregory. “Of where people thought he was clearly just…

GOP lawmaker: I didn’t agree to marry Grover Norquist forever

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) is one of 40 House Republicans who say that increased revenues must be part of the Super Committee deal to reduce the nation’s debt. Those Republicans joined 60 House Democrats in signing a letter calling on the Super Committee to “go big” and cut $4 trillion…

Oklahoma 5.6 magnitude quake causes damage

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck in Oklahoma late on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, toppling chimneys, damaging buildings and sending some people to hospitals with minor injuries. The quake was stronger than a tremor of 5.5 magnitude in 1952, which was the largest earthquake…

Medicare change tied to safer weight loss surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – After Medicare changed its rules regarding coverage for weight loss surgeries in 2006, the cost for the procedures went down while safety measures increased, according to a new study. Researchers found that the benefits were primarily due to a rules change that allowed Medicare to…

Democrats target restrictive voter laws

President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies this week ramped up attacks on what they charged are unfairly restrictive voting laws that could swing key November 2012 elections to Republicans. House of Representatives Democrats, led by their number-two leader Steny Hoyer, announced Thursday they were writing to the top election officials in…

Ron Paul declared winner of Illinois Republican straw poll

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ron Paul was declared the winner on Saturday of a weeklong Republican presidential straw poll in Democratic President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois. Texas Congressman Paul won 52 percent of the combined 3,649 online and in-person votes cast between October 29 and Saturday evening. He won…

Green candidate for mayor based in Occupy Tucson tent

TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) – There is no bank of telephones at Mary DeCamp’s campaign headquarters, no volunteers eager to bring her message to the masses. The Green Party candidate for mayor of Tucson, who is days away from losing her home to foreclosure, is flanked by fellow Occupy Tucson activists…

Ohio Governor Kasich signs restrictive abortion bill

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that makes it more difficult for minors to obtain permission for an abortion. Ohio law already requires either parental permission or court order for any woman under 18 to legally obtain an abortion. The new law signed late…

Mississippi to decide if fertilized egg is a human being

(Reuters) – Mississippi on Tuesday could be the first state in the nation to define a fertilized egg as a person, a controversial concept aimed at outlawing abortion, some types of birth control and infertility methods that result in the loss of embryos. The so-called “personhood amendment” to the state…

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