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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…

NAACP: Hoekstra owes Asian community apology for Super Bowl ad

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the NAACP of Detroit, called on former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) to apologize for airing a xenophobic Super Bowl ad in Michigan. “It plays on the base feelings of those who view minorities and in particular persons of color as the major economic problem,”…

Obama to host dinner to honor Iraq sacrifices

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will host a special White House dinner later this month to honor veterans of the Iraq war, two months after the last US troops left for home. The event will take place on February 29 and include servicemen and women…

Obama approval soars to 50 percent on jobs figures

WASHINGTON — Boosted by rising US jobs figures, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit the magical 50-percent mark and he has opened up a double-digit lead over his likely Republican opponent in November, a poll showed Monday. The poll by the Washington Post and ABC television found Obama reaching…

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