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Romney campaign tries to distance itself from key immigration adviser

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from the author of some of the toughest anti-immigration laws in the country, Kris Kobach, the first in what is expected to be a series of moves aimed at winning over crucial Latino voters. Politico reported today that Kobach, responsible for the…

New York bomb plotter describes Al Qaeda plan

NEW YORK — The convicted bomb-maker in a 2009 plot to cause carnage in New York described Monday how he and an Al-Qaeda handler in Pakistan considered everything from the subway to movie theaters as targets. “We started the conversation on such targets as Walmart, the New York Stock Exchange,…

Despite scandal, Obama confident in Secret Service boss

WASHINGTON — The White House Tuesday expressed confidence in the chief of the US Secret Service, but the elite bodyguard unit’s Colombian sex scandal deepened, with claims that 20 women were involved. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is coming under increasing political pressure over allegations that agents sent to the…

U.S. lawmakers seek to boost exports to Africa

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday called for a push to boost exports to Africa, saying that both sides would benefit if the United States sells more products to the continent’s growing middle class. Lawmakers from both major US parties teamed up to introduce bills in the House of Representatives…

Oil safety weak two years after BP spill: studies

WASHINGTON — Offshore drilling safety and oversight is still lacking two years after the massive BP oil spill sullied the US Gulf Coast, two reports released Tuesday have found. A presidential commission tasked with investigating the spill said it was “encouraged by the progress being made” by the oil industry…

Wisc. election officials: Fake Democrats can remain on primary ballot

Election officials in Wisconsin on Tuesday refused to disqualify fake Democratic candidates running in recall primary elections this spring, according to the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel. Attorney Jeremy Levinson had argued that the candidates violated Wisconsin law, because they lied about representing the Democratic Party. The fake Democratic candidates are running in…

Top Republicans in Congress finally back Romney

WASHINGTON — They didn’t come with a flourish or in a much-plugged TV appearance, but endorsements by the top two Republicans in the US Congress finally arrived Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the party’s all-but-certain nominee. Sensing the inevitability of a Romney victory in the battle to see which Republican squares…

Women paid 77 cents for every dollar a man gets: study

Although women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, they still earn significantly less than men, according to reports released on Tuesday, Equal Pay Day. An annual report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) found that full-time working women are paid only 77 cents for…

Study finds white juries more likely to convict black defendants

A Duke University study released today has found that black defendants who face all-white juries in the U.S. are more likely to be convicted of the charges leveled against them, according to a report at Mother Jones magazine’s “MoJo” blog. The study found that a single black juror, however, can…

Michelle Obama: Trayvon ‘tragedy’ should rally Americans

First Lady Michele Obama is calling on Americans to rally around the family of an unarmed African-American teen who was recently shot to death by a neighborhood watchmen in Florida. In a telephone interview on Tuesday, the first lady told NPR’s Michel Martin that her “heart goes out to the…

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