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9/11 families angered over behavior of alleged plotters at Guantanamo hearing

Family members of those killed in the 9/11 attacks have expressed anger over displays of defiance shown by the alleged plotters during an arraignment hearing at Guantánamo Bay. The hearing, which was expected to last two hours, stretched to 13 hours as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants refused…

Campaign web wars 2.0: can Republicans strike back?

WASHINGTON — Tired of playing catch-up to the Obama Internet juggernaut, Republicans have rolled out a one-stop online shop for conservative activism which they hope will help them capture the White House. The Social Victory Center, which launched this week and allows Republicans to do everything from distribute campaign materials…

Howard Dean: Bachmann ‘perfectly ridiculous’ to claim women will vote Romney

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) is calling Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) “perfectly ridiculous” for claiming that women would support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney because the war on women was a “myth” and they had “overwhelmingly” voted for the GOP in 2010 — which they didn’t. CBS host…

U.S. ready to expedite Chinese activist’s visa: Biden

WASHINGTON — The United States will grant Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng a visa as soon as he applies for one, and expects Beijing to stand by its promises, Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday. Biden told NBC television that Washington wanted to help Chen take up the offer of a…

Liz Cheney won’t deny she’s planning Senate run

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday refused to deny that she was planning a run for Senate in Wyoming. Politico noted last week that Liz Cheney had been setting the stage for a possible Senate run by increasing her visibility and speaking at six events in…

Biden: ‘Men marrying men’ should have equal rights

Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday endorsed equal rights for married gay men and lesbians — and President Barack Obama’s top aide said that the president had “precisely” the same position. “The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is…

Arizona Governor Brewer signs Planned Parenthood funding ban

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed into law a bill on Friday that would cut Planned Parenthood’s access to taxpayer founds for non-abortion services, according to the Associated Press. Arizona already does not provide tax dollars for abortion, but supporters of the law want to make sure that money is not…

Rubio: ‘I don’t know anything about a contraception debate’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday suggested that Democrats invented the contraception debate and the Republican Party was “more tolerant” on diverse opinions about a woman’s right to choose. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Mitt Romney’s possible vice presidential running mate if the Republican Party would “take this country…

China activist seeks official help to go abroad

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng said Sunday he remained in aBeijing hospital but had asked government officials to help him apply to go abroad, after a deal between China and the United States. “Now I have notified the hospital to invite them (government officials) to help me do the procedures. I really don’t have a way,” he…

Buffett jokes with shareholders after cancer diagnosis

WASHINGTON — Billionaire Warren Buffett, who announced last month he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, on Saturday joked about his health and told shareholders: “I feel terrific.” “I have four doctors, at least a few own Berkshire Hathaway” stock, he said with a smile at the yearly stockholders’…

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