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Republicans set for debate clash in knife-edge race

Struggling Republican hopeful Mitt Romney faces a crunch TV debate Wednesday as he fights to regain his White House pole position after a surge by Christian conservative Rick Santorum. Romney’s future hangs in the balance, as in a week’s time he could either be restored as the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race…

High oil prices test U.S. economy, Obama

A jump in gasoline prices is threatening to smother the flickering flames of the US economic recovery and with them President Barack Obama’s hopes of retaining the White House. Groggy but still standing after a four-year slog through recession, the US economy has — just about — weathered shocks from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami,…

Romney says spending cuts will slow economic growth

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Tuesday by claiming that budget cuts would shrink the economy, according to NBC News. “If you just cut, if all you’re thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending you’ll slow down the economy,” he said in Michigan.…

Romney woes leave Republican race on a knife-edge

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s future hangs in the balance. In one week’s time he could either be restored as the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race or be left staring into a political abyss. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who fiercely opposes gay marriage and abortion, has…

Ron Paul: Hemp is a good product

Texas Rep. Ron Paul praised the industrial crop hemp during a campaign stop in North Dakota on Monday. “There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp,” Paul said, according to the Associated Press. “Hemp is a good product.” Hemp, a crop related…

Russ Feingold slams Republicans: It is unpatriotic to destroy the presidency

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) blasted the Republican Party in a recent interview for trying to “destroy” President Barack Obama. “I don’t want to use the word ‘patriotism’ too much, but the right likes to use it all the time,” he told GQ magazine. “It is not patriotic to decide…

Maryland Senate committee approves same sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) – A Maryland Senate committee approved a gay marriage bill on Tuesday, sending the issue to the full Senate and moving Maryland closer to becoming the eighth state to legalize same-sex nuptials. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7 to 4 in favor of the bill –…

Senators call on GAO to study impact of new voter laws

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-TV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Tuesday requested that the Government Accountability Office investigate the impact of new state laws aimed at thwarting voter fraud. “It is critical that we have an accurate picture of these recent state laws, individual access…

‘Personhood’ bill introduced to Mississippi legislature again

Three Republican and one Democratic Mississippi legislator have authored a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would defined “a person” as beginning at the moment of conception, according to Talking Points Memo. The Right to Life Amendment of 2012 is intended to ban abortion and to set up a…

Virginia House delays vote on anti-abortion ultrasound bill

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday delayed a vote for one day on legislation that would require a woman to receive a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy. Two legislators told The Virginian-Pilot that lawmakers are considering softening the legislation by making an ultrasound optional rather than mandatory.…

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