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Obama to make recess appointment for consumer bureau

President Barack Obama is expected to make a recess appointment Wednesday, announcing that former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will be named director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray was among those boarding Air Force One to Ohio for Obama’s speech in the afternoon. According to prepared remarks obtained…

Washington governor to support same-sex marriage law: source

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire will announce her support on Wednesday for legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state, a source who has been informed of her decision told Reuters on Tuesday. The expected announcement will come just days before the Washington state legislature was…

Romney holds New Hampshire edge, Gingrich slips: poll

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a strong lead ahead of next week’s race in New Hampshire, while Rick Santorum, who came out of the Iowa’s contest nipping at his heels, was gaining ground, according to a survey released on Wednesday. But Romney’s closest rivals…

Bachmann quits GOP presidential race

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced on Wednesday morning that she would suspend her presidential campaign. More soon… Following her poor finish in the Iowa caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday canceled a campaign event in South Carolina and scheduled a press conference instead. Campaign manager Keith Nahigian refused…

Paul: Gingrich ‘chickened out’ of military service

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Wednesday said that a draft dodger like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had no business sending kids to war. In his speech following finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night, Gingrich had said that Paul’s “views on foreign policy I think are stunningly…

Obama campaign warns of ‘extremist’ Republicans

US President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign early Wednesday sought to portray the nation’s first Republican nomination battle as a victory for “extremist” candidates. The Iowa caucuses – which saw former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney barely edge out former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum by eight votes — launched the battle to deny Obama his hoped-for second term. In keeping with its…

Massachusetts lieutenant governor hit 108 mph before car crash

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray was slapped with a $555 fine on Tuesday after he apparently fell asleep and drove 108 miles per hour before careening off the road and crashing last November. A state police report detailing the 20 seconds prior to his car striking a rock ledge and…

Couple arrested after Utah and Nevada crime spree

A couple wanted for a crime spree through Utah and Nevada that saw an elderly pair slain in their home and a woman shot in the head was arrested on Tuesday wandering in the desert, authorities said Suspects Logan McFarland, 24, and Angela Marie Hill, 25, were spotted by the…

Missouri public library blocks websites about ‘occult’ spirituality

The Salem Public Library in Missouri along with its board of trustees face a lawsuit for blocking access to websites discussing indigenous American spirituality and the Wiccan faith The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Salem resident Anaka Hunter,…

New York firebombing raises alarm over spread of Islamophobia

NEW YORK — New York police arrested a man Tuesday over the firebombing of a mosque, but some say the incident reflects much deeper tensions faced by Muslim New Yorkers — and that police are partly to blame. Police say they are investigating whether the throwing of Molotov cocktails at…

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