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Army suicides rose 80% after start of Iraq War: study

The number of suicides in the US Army rose by 80 percent after the United States launched the war on Iraq, American military doctors reported on Thursday. From 1977 to 2003, the tally of army suicides had trended slightly downwards, and was far below civilian rates. But it started to…

Team Obama mocks Romney ‘death march’

Mitt Romney’s campaign has said he is almost certain to be the US Republican presidential candidate, as his Democratic opponents mock his long “death march” to secure the nomination. Despite collecting six victories in the 10-state bonanza known as Super Tuesday, including in crucial Ohio, the flawed favorite failed to…

U.S. demands ‘actions’ from Iran in nuclear talks

WASHINGTON — The United States Wednesday rebuffed an Iranian warning that new nuclear talks would fail if they were used to exert pressure, demanding assurances Tehran was not building an atomic bomb. “We will demand that Iran live up to its international obligations — that it provide verifiable assurances it…

McCain ‘worried’ about Republican chances to beat Obama

WASHINGTON — Senior Republican Senator John McCain, who has endorsed Mitt Romney to challenge President Barack Obama, on Wednesday admitted he was worried about his party’s chances of retaking the White House. After Romney claimed six out of 10 contests on “Super Tuesday,” including the key battleground of Ohio, McCain…

PBS already aired Breitbart’s Obama footage

Breitbart.com editors Ben Shapiro and Joel Pollak said Wednesday on Sean Hannity’s radio show that they would release footage that proved President Barack Obama had “radical intellectual founders” — footage which was covered up by the mainstream media. But before Breitbart.com released the footage, PBS Frontline published the full unedited…

Sen. Levin would ‘love’ Armed Forces Network to drop Limbaugh

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday that the Armed Forces Network should drop conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition,” Levin told CNN. VoteVets.org, the…

U.S. weighs ‘non-lethal’ aid to Syria rebels

WASHINGTON — The United States is looking at delivering non-lethal aid to Syria’s rebels, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, hinting at the first direct US assistance to forces seeking President Bashar al-Assad’s downfall. While the United States is outraged at the killing of civilians it does not believe in…

Colorado Supreme Court approves anti-abortion ‘personhood’ ballot initiative

The Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state’s constitution could be placed on the 2012 ballot. Planned Parenthood had filed a complaint to keep the proposed amendment off the ballot, claiming the initiative was misleading to voters because it did not explain the…

Democratic Convention chair: Party platform should include marriage equality

The chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday announced support for including same sex marriage in the party’s official platform. During a Politico Playbook breakfast, Mike Allen asked Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa if he thought the “Democratic national platform should have a marriage equality plank?” “I do,”…

Obama slams rivals over ‘phony’ $2 gas plans

President Barack Obama on Wednesday rebuked foes who promise “three-point plans for two dollar gas,” aiming to deflect election year attacks sparked by rising US petrol prices. Obama’s remarks came as he traveled to the swing state of North Carolina to visit a Daimler Trucks plant to tout a new…

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