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Republican White House hopefuls in last Iowa blitz

One day before Iowa holds the first vote of the 2012 White House race, Republican candidates blitzed the state, with frontrunner Mitt Romney ripping President Barack Obama on the sour US economy. “This American president didn’t cause the recession, but he made it worse and it’ll last longer because of his policies,” the former Massachusetts governor and millionaire…

Murdoch backs Santorum for president

DES MOINES, Iowa — Media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Monday urged Iowans to back firebrand social conservative Rick Santorum, one day before they cast the first votes of the 2012 White House race. “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision…

Hundreds of ‘Occupy’ protesters make a show at Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters sought to upstage the 123rd Tournament of Roses parade on Monday but were largely confined to the sidelines. Several hundred protesters marched in a “human float” that followed behind the official parade, unfurling a 250-foot banner of the constitution and also…

Montana Supreme Court upholds ban on corporate political spending

The Montana Supreme Court on Friday upheld a ban on corporate political expenditures in state elections, which came under fire after the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling. The court held the 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission did not render the Montana ban unconstitutional, reversing…

Ron Paul loses momentum in Iowa, Santorum gains support

With the nation’s first primary vote just a day away, Texas Rep. Ron Paul has lost his momentum after climbing to the top of the polls. He is down four points from last week, according to a survey released by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on Sunday night. Despite the drop,…

Two suspects charged over LA arson spree

LOS ANGELES — Two men have been charged over a spree of more than 50 arson attacks which kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year holiday, Los Angeles police said Monday, after a fourth night of fires. A new suspect, named as 55-year-old Alejandro Pineta, was arrested in the…

Body found after U.S. park manhunt for ranger killer

Police hunting a gunman who killed a ranger in Mount Rainier National Park found a body on Monday, a spokeswoman said. It was not immediately confirmed that the corpse was that of suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, who fled into the forest after the New Year’s Day shooting in…

New York mosque firebombed in ‘hate crime’ spree

New York’s mayor expressed outrage Monday after a mosque was hit by a firebomb in an arson spree that police said they were investigating as a hate crime. The Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building in the borough of Queens suffered damage to the front door from a Molotov cocktail thrown late…

Santorum tells Iowans: ‘I don’t want to make black people’s lives better’

Speaking to Republicans in Iowa on Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said his administration would reform welfare to the point that it would offer no welfare at all. After suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: ”I…

Bachmann urges missile alert, blockade against Iran

Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann said Monday that if elected she would erect a blockade against Tehran and put US missiles on alert “to let Iran know that we mean business” over its nuclear program. One day before Republican voters in the midwestern state of Iowa officially make their…

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