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McCain warns against U.S. weakness in Taliban talks

WASHINGTON — Top US Senator John McCain warned the United States on Sunday against negotiating with the Taliban from a position of weakness due to the looming troop pullout in Afghanistan. The White House confirmed on Thursday that the United States was taking part in an Afghan-led reconciliation process, after…

Syria intervention ‘very difficult’: top U.S. general

WASHINGTON — The top US military officer warned Sunday that intervention in Syria would be “very difficult” and said it would be “premature” to arm the besieged country’s opposition movement. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN that Syria was the focus of competing…

Student attacked for writing pro-marriage equality opinion piece

Students at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts have organized a rally for a young woman who was attacked for writing an opinion piece in support of marriage equality for same sex couples, according to the Boston Herald. “There was never an ounce of equality or respect in mind when the…

Santorum: Obama ‘a Christian,’ but theology not ‘based on the Bible’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday denied that he was not questioning President Barack Obama’s faith in Christianity when he said the president’s theology was not “based on the Bible.” At a tea party rally in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, the candidate had said Obama’s agenda was “about some…

Ron Paul warns U.S. ‘slipping into a fascist system’

During a campaign speech at Kansas City’s Union Station on Saturday, Texas Rep. Ron Paul warned that the United States was “slipping into a fascist system,” according to the Associated Press. The White House hopeful said the country had been on the wrong course ever since President Woodrow Wilson, who…

Gingrich: ‘You can’t put a gun rack on a Volt’

With unemployment and the economy improving, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has turned to attacking President Barack Obama on the price of gas. At a campaign event in Suwanee, Georgia, the former House Speaker told supporters that he would bring back cheaper gas because “you can’t put a gun rack…

Gary Johnson decries domestic drones: ‘Big Brother is alive and well’

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Friday blasted Congress for making the United States a “wide-open playground for government snooping.” Congress passed and Obama signed into law legislation to fund the Federal Aviation Administration through 2015. But the legislation also included provisions that would make it easier for law enforcement…

ESPN apologizes for racial slur headline on Jeremy Lin

Sports network giant ESPN apologized Saturday morning for using a racial slur to describe new basketball sensation Jeremy Lin on its mobile website. ESPN ran the headline “Chink in the Armor” after Lin suffered his first defeat as a starter Friday evening when his team, the New York Knicks, lost…

Santorum: Obama agenda a ‘phony theology,’ not ‘based on the Bible’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum challenged President Barack Obama’s Christian beliefs on Saturday, saying White House policies were motivated by a “different theology.” A devout Roman Catholic who has risen to the top of Republican polls in recent days, Santorum said the Obama administration had failed…

Obama’s new slogan: looking to replace Hope and Change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Winning The Future. Greater Together. We Don’t Quit. They may not be official but those are all phrases that could in one form or another be candidates to become President Barack Obama’s re-election slogan. Advisers say a fresh slogan to replace the winning “Change we can believe…

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