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Romney roars into double-digit lead in Florida: polls

MIAMI — White House hopeful Mitt Romney has opened up a commanding double-digit lead in Florida against main rival Newt Gingrich in their Republican nomination battle, the latest two polls showed on Sunday. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and millionaire venture capitalist who is considered the party establishment’s favored candidate,…

Arizona Republicans elect ousted Russell Pearce as vice chairman

Less than three months after he lost his seat in a recall election, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce won election Saturday to be vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. The self-proclaimed “tea party president” of the state Senate had proven a controversial figure in Arizona politics. Pearce was the…

Gingrich: Romney has ‘policy of carpet bombing’ opponents

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday said that he had an uphill battle to win the GOP nomination because “Massachusetts liberal” Mitt Romney was “carpet bombing” him with negative ads. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Gingrich why polls showed him losing over 15 points in Florida in less…

Rep. Huelskamp pushes to ban same sex ceremonies at military facilities

In the response to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) introduced legislation this week that would prohibit marriage or marriage-like ceremonies on military installations for same sex couples. He said the bill, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act, would ensure “that our military facilities are…

Pennsylvania General Assembly names 2012 ‘the year of the Bible’

The Pennsylvania General Assembly this week passed a non-binding resolution that declares 2012 as “the year of the Bible.” “As not only Pennsylvania, but the United States, continues to face great tests and challenges, House Resolution 535 serves as a reminder that we must look to our faith in God…

Ron Paul: TSA ‘totally voids’ the Fourth Amendment

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said on Sunday that airport security should be turned over to private corporations because the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) effectively “voids” the Fourth Amendment. Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), claimed last week that he had been “detained” by the TSA for refusing an…

Paul Ryan defends ‘the morality of the free enterprise system’

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) suggested on Sunday that anything corporations do is moral as long as they follow the law. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked the House Budget Committee chairman if Republican presidential candidates should be criticizing each other over the way they made their money and handled their…

Republican attack-ads dominate Florida airwaves

ORLANDO, Florida — Florida’s television and radio airwaves are being bombarded with political attack-ads funded by Republican presidential hopefuls and their backers in such numbers that it is difficult to escape them. Targeting Latinos, the elderly, and followers of the ultra-conservative Tea Party, the ads all have the same goal:…

‘Occupy’ protesters strip down for Washington gala

WASHINGTON — Protesters from Occupy DC, facing a clampdown on their encampment on Monday, stripped down for a topless street party outside a black-tie gala for Washington’s biggest movers and shakers. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle topped the guest list for the 99th gathering of the exclusive Alfalfa…

U.S. lobbyists end contracts with Egypt: report

WASHINGTON — Lobbyists representing the Egyptian government in Washington have ended their contracts with their client following a raid by Egyptian authorities on several US nonprofit organizations, according to The New York Times. The newspaper said the move came after Egyptian authorities slapped a travel ban on several US citizens…

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