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Zimmerman’s father says ‘so much hate’ coming from Obama

The father of a neighborhood watch enthusiast who gunned down an African-American teen in Florida last month is calling on President Barack Obama and other black leaders to “go beyond the hate that they have.” In an interview with WOFL on Wednesday, George Zimmerman’s father, who did not wish to…

US confirms economy grew 3.0% in Q4

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Commerce Department said in its final estimate Thursday. The department’s third estimate for gross domestic product growth in the period was unrevised from its prior estimate and capped a year of steadily accelerating growth. GDP grew…

Obama presses lawmakers to cut oil tax breaks

US President Barack Obama pressed lawmakers Thursday to cut tax breaks for the petroleum sector, saying they can “stand with big oil companies, or they can stand with the American people.” Obama, under pressure in an election year over a surge in fuel costs, said the nation cannot afford the subsidies at a time…

Former child janitor to Gingrich: Your jobs plan ‘offended’ me

A man who spent part of his childhood working as a janitor told Newt Gingrich on Wednesday that he was offended by the Republican presidential candidate’s plan to put kids to work. During an event at Georgetown University, Hector Cendejas called out the former House Speaker for his initiative to…

Educators assail Tenn. bill seeking to exile legal immigrants from schools

The nation’s largest non-union teacher association on Thursday attacked a new bill in the Tennessee legislature for a provision that would prohibit the state’s charter schools from hiring too many legal immigrants, in what at least one conservative group apparently views as part of its ongoing crusade against Muslims. The…

House Republicans mock immigration detention as ‘holiday’

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday complained that immigrants were basically getting a posh “holiday” after the Obama administration issued new, more humane detention guidelines. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Holiday on ICE,” chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) charged that “[t]he administration’s new detention manual reads more…

Poll shows GOP primary slog helps Obama

As the Republican presidential primary drags on, President Barack Obama is only getting more popular, a new poll released Wednesday night (PDF) found. Worse still for Republicans, the poll also indicates that a large majority still blame former President George W. Bush for poor economic conditions. Overall, the president’s chief…

Romney says story about Michigan layoffs is ‘humorous’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday told a story about his father closing a factory in Michigan that he said tickled his funny bone. Speaking to thousands of Wisconsin voters during a tele-town hall, the former Massachusetts governor recalled what he described as a “humorous” anecdote that left some…

911 caller arrested after cops gun down unarmed black teen

At a press conference Wednesday in Pasadena, California, police announced that they have arrested a man who called 911 earlier this week, claiming he’d been robbed a gunpoint by two black teens. Police responded to the incident with deadly force, killing 19-year-old college student Kendrec McDade after he fled from…

Four U.S. women charged in Amish beard-cutting attacks

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has indicted four more women over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. A total of 16 people — 10 men and six women — have now been accused in what prosecutors called five…

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