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Romney: Komen ‘wrong’ to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that it’s “wrong” for organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings for poor women. During an interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen on Monday, Romney said he disagreed with the Komen Foundation reversing their earlier…

In campaign u-turn, Obama embraces super PACS

In a key twist to the 2012 election, US President Barack Obama has reversed course and will encourage rich Democratic donors to back a fund that can raise unlimited millions for his reelection bid. Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina said Obama would allow cabinet members and senior advisors to address big money events, reasoning that Democrats…

BP swings into huge profit before U.S. criminal trial

BP returned to profit with a bang last year, posting net earnings of $23.9 billion on Tuesday as the British energy giant prepares for a criminal trial linked to the US Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. BP announced adjusted profit after tax equivalent to 18.2 billion euros for 2011, as higher oil…

LGBT activist interrupts Gingrich speech in Minnesota

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was interrupted by LGBT activists while he was giving a campaign speech in Minnesota. “Hey Newt, why do you support discrimination against gays and lesbians all the time?” a young man yelled at Gingrich. The crowd at the event responded with loud boos and began…

Long primary battle could help Romney build support

EDINA, Minnesota — A drawn-out fight for the Republican nomination could work to frontrunner Mitt Romney’s advantage if he uses it to develop his campaign structure in swing states key to beating President Barack Obama in November. That’s what happened in 2008, when Obama built a formidable organization that registered…

Senate sends union-busting aviation funding bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Monday adopted a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), sending it to President Barack Obama despite a provision angrily opposed by Democrats’ labor-union allies. The Democratic-led chamber voted 75-20 to approve the measure, which had cleared the Republican-held House on Friday by…

Romney wins Nevada with 50 percent: full results

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Republican Mitt Romney won the Nevada presidential caucus with 50 percent of the vote, more than twice his nearest rival Newt Gingrich on 21.1 percent, full results showed Monday. Texas Representative Ron Paul was a couple of points behind Gingrich at 18.7 percent, followed by religious…

Officer: U.S. paints false picture of Afghan war

WASHINGTON — A US Army officer has accused the American military of painting a misleading picture of progress in the war in Afghanistan while glossing over the Kabul government’s many failings. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis deliberately broke ranks with the official portrayal of the war after spending a year in…

ACLU warns Congress pushing ‘willy-nilly toward an era of aerial surveillance’

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday warned that legislation approved by Congress could severely undermine Americans’ privacy. On Monday, the Senate passed H.R. 658, a bill that would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to obtain and use unmanned aerial vehicles. The bill was passed by the House…

Gingrich calls Egyptian trial ‘the Obama hostage crisis’

At a campaign event in Golden, Colorado on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich likened the planned trial of 19 Americans in Egypt to the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, calling it “the Obama hostage crisis.” “This reminds me exactly of Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostages. You now have…

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