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Bernanke schools public on Federal Reserve’s role

WASHINGTON — Facing brickbats from left and right, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke revisited his academic roots to answer the skeptics Tuesday, delivering a public lecture on the bank’s role. The bookish former professor visited George Washington University to give the first in a series of four lectures on central…

Obama to visit DMZ between Koreas on Sunday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will visit the tense border zone between the two Koreas after arriving in Seoul on Sunday for a nuclear security summit, a White House official said Tuesday. Obama will also hold bilateral summits with China’s Hu President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and…

Santorum: Obama daughter’s Mexico trip ‘sets a very bad precedent’

The children of politicians are normally off limits during campaigns but Rick Santorum is lashing out at President Barack Obama for allowing his daughter to go to Mexico, claiming it could endanger Americans. Speaking to GBTV’s Glenn Beck on Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate reacted to the news that the…

Pig freaks out after GOP candidate brings it to news conference

Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) has learned the hard way not to bring a pig to a news conference. Speaking to the Milwaukee Press Club on Monday, Neumann, who is running for Senate, brought out a piglet named named “Mister Favors” to make a point about cutting spending in government.…

Southern Miss band members lose scholarships over racist chant

Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi’s pep band will lose their scholarships after they chanted a racist question at a Latino player on the opposing team. “The students have been forthcoming, cooperative, contrite and sincerely remorseful,” Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul said in a press advisory…

Kirk Cameron on anti-LGBT remarks: I’ve been bullied too

Actor Kirk Cameron said on Tuesday that he can sympathize with the LGBT people who he has called “unnatural” and “destructive” because he has been bullied too. In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan earlier this month, Cameron asserted that his Christian faith taught him that homosexuality was “destructive to…

Georgia senate panel approves ‘fetal pain’ anti-abortion bill

A Georgia state senate committee has voted in favor of a so-called “fetal pain” bill, a measure that would narrow the legal window during which women can legally obtain an abortion by six weeks. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, House Bill 954 would “tighten medical exemptions for terminating pregnancies and…

Viral Eminem parody: ‘Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up’

An Australian man has created what may be the best video of the 2012 election season so far. Hugh Atkin, an Australian lawyer who has been creating viral videos on YouTube since 2007, has produced a parody of rapper Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady.” The video begins with a mashup…

Grand jury to investigate Trayvon Martin case

A Florida state attorney announced Tuesday morning his decision for a grand jury to investigate the Trayvon Martin case. “I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin,” state attorney Norm Wolfinger said…

Gingrich to DeNiro: ‘The country is ready’ for a white first lady

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday called for President Barack Obama to apologize after actor Robert DeNiro jokingly asked if America was ready for a white first lady. “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?” DeNiro…

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