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Plouffe: Romney the ‘godfather’ of Obama health reforms

White House senior adviser David Plouffe is making the most direct attempt yet to tie Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama’s health care reforms by referring to him the “godfather” of the law. Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Plouffe dismissed low approval ratings for the…

Plouffe says GOP primary a ‘clown show’ for Trayvon Martin comments

White House senior advisor David Plouffe on Sunday blasted several Republican presidential candidates after they claimed President Barack Obama was trying to divide America by speaking about an unarmed African American teen in Florida who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch enthusiast. Responding to a reporter on Friday, Obama…

U.S. pays $50,000 per person to Afghan families for Bales’ shooting

The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan person killed by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in southern Afghanistan two weeks ago, according to The Associated Press. Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai and community Jan Agha confirmed that the victim’s families received payments Saturday, with those who…

Paul Ryan would ‘consider’ Romney-Ryan ticket

House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) says that he would be willing to “consider” accepting a nomination to be his party’s vice presidential nominee. Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Ryan if he would accept the VP slot if the Republican presidential nominee wanted him to be…

U.S. soldier’s Afghan shootings ‘likely occurred in two stages’

WASHINGTON — Military investigators suspect that the US soldier charged with premeditated murder over the killings of 17 Afghan civilians committed the shootings in two separate operations, The New York Times reported Sunday. Citing an unnamed US official, the newspaper said the investigators believed that the soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert…

Beaten Iraqi woman dies in California

LOS ANGELES — An Iraqi woman brutally beaten in her southern California home in an apparently racially-motivated attack has died in hospital, US media reported. Shaima Alawadi, 32 and a mother of five, died after she had been taken off life support Saturday at a hospital in San Diego County,…

Obama pledges ‘non-lethal’ aid for Syria rebels

MOSCOW — US President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to send “non-lethal” aid to the Syrian rebels while peace envoy Kofi Annan piled diplomatic pressure on the regime by seeking the backing of its ally Russia. The announcement was the most overt show of US support for the rebels to date…

No U.S. soldiers to face charges for Pakistan strike: report

The US military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, according to The New York Times. A Pentagon investigation found late last year that both US and Pakistani troops were responsible for the exchange of fire.…

New Black Panther Party offers $10,000 reward for George Zimmerman

A black political group offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for the killer of an African-American teenager, amid a nationwide uproar which has prompted a rethink of America’s race issues. The New Black Panther Party displayed a wanted poster on its website with a picture of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon…

‘Occupy’ marchers protest against New York police

Several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists marched through Manhattan on Saturday to protest against what they say is police repression as they try to revive their movement. Several demonstrators were arrested along the route of the march in scuffles with New York police, who deployed in large numbers to keep activists on sidewalks. “There were a few arrests,…

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