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Nancy Keenan decries Republican ‘war on women’

On the the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan declared that 2011 was the year of the “War on Women.” “In the more than 30 years I’ve spent defending a woman’s right to choose, I can’t recall a time when politicians have been more…

Boehner ‘may’ hold payroll tax cut hostage over Keystone pipeline

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Sunday that he may block an extension of the payroll tax holiday if President Barack Obama does not approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this Keystone pipeline is in fact approved,” the…

Chris Christie: ‘Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has “embarrassed” the Republican Party, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney never has. Following Romney’s devastating loss to Gingrich in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Christie told NBC’s David Gregory that the former speaker just didn’t…

Joe Paterno dies at 85

Former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno passed away Sunday morning at the age of 85 after complications from lung-cancer treatment. Paterno, who was the winningest coach in college football history, was fired by the school’s Board of Trustees in November after the fallout surrounding the child sex-abuse scandal…

Rep. Johnson: Citizens United allowed corporate money to dictate public policy

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) condemned the influence of money on American politics on Saturday, the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision. “An activist Supreme Court, misusing its authority by legislating policy from the bench, ignored decades of legal precedent when it ruled…

Romney admits ‘mistake,’ will release tax return

After being soundly beaten by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is pledging to release tax returns for at least one year. On Sunday, Romney admitted to Fox News host Chris Wallace that he had made a “mistake” by not…

House Republicans try to cheer each other up at retreat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives, having seen their 2010 election victory dissolve into a near-suicidal tax fight, are promoting a repackaged jobs message they hope carries them to victory in the 2012 elections. At a three-day retreat at a harborfront hotel in Baltimore, an hour’s drive…

Romney damaged, but has edge heading to Florida: analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s expected romp to the Republican presidential nomination turned into a long and hard slog on Saturday, and he leaves South Carolina as a damaged and suddenly vulnerable candidate. But beyond the take-back-our-country frenzy that Newt Gingrich was able to whip up among conservative voters in…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ puts its hopes in spring rebirth

Two months after being ejected from their campsite in New York’s financial district, the founders of Occupy Wall Street hope the arrival of spring will breathe new life into a flagging campaign. On Thursday, barely 20 people attended the daily General Assemblymeeting at Zuccotti Park, the square where the OWS movement was born in September last year…

Obama offers glimpse of State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in the first glimpse of his keynote State of the Union address next week, said Saturday it would focus on manufacturing jobs, energy and education, alongside an election themed message for a “return to American values.” “I’m going to lay out a blueprint for…

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