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Gingrich complains he ‘can’t afford teleprompters’ after bouncing $500 check

Struggling Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday joked that he couldn’t even buy a teleprompter after his campaign recently bounced a $500 check. Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas told The Salt Lake Tribune that Gingrich gave the state a $500 check in March to cover election filing fees, but…

Allen West suggests 80 House Dems are Communist Party members

Tea party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on Tuesday warned that as many as 80 Democratic lawmakers are members of the Communist Party. Speaking to about 100 supporters and 15 protesters in Jensen Beach, the freshman congressman refused to name names after saying that that he had “heard” that 80…

Christie: Americans ‘on couch waiting for government check’

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that American are turning into couch potatoes, just sitting around waiting on their next check from the government. Speaking to the Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth in New York City on Tuesday, the first-term governor said that he had “never…

AIG to resume U.S. real-estate investments

WASHINGTON — American International Group (AIG), the giant US insurer bailed out at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis, is looking to get back into the real estate market, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper said late Tuesday that AIG, which has been selling off trophy properties…

Tennessee opens door to creationism in schools

A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee. State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation “changes the scientific standards that…

U.S. jets scrambled over Korean Air bomb threat

US fighter planes escorted a Korean Air jet carrying 146 passengers and crew to a Canadian military base due to a bomb threat against the flight, officials and the airline said Wednesday. Korean Air flight 72 from Vancouver bound for Seoul was diverted to the Comox base on Vancouver Island…

Obama bashes ‘trickle down’ economics in Florida speech

During speech in Florida on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that “trickle down” economics never worked and called for Congress to pass the so-called “Buffett Rule.” “This is not about a few people doing well, we want people to do well, that’s great,” Obama said. “But it is about giving…

McDonalds becomes fifth major sponsor to cut ties with ALEC

McDonalds said Tuesday that it would not renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, making it the fifth major sponsor to drop its support this month. “While [we] were a member of ALEC in 2011, we evaluate all professional memberships annually and made the business decision not to…

Newt Gingrich to Rick Santorum supporters: Vote for me

Former House speaker, whose campaign has collapsed, urges Santorum’s conservative followers to lend their support Newt Gingrich has cheekily called on Rick Santorum’s supporters to throw their weight behind him to prevent Mitt Romney becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Gingrich repeatedly split the rightwing vote with Santorum, allowing Romney to…

U.S. stocks fall for fifth straight session

NEW YORK — US stocks sank Tuesday for the fifth straight drop as worries about upcoming earnings, slower growth and the possibility of a Spain-driven return to crisis in Europe, kept a cloud over trade. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 213.66 points (1.65 percent) to 12,715.93. The broader…

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