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Romney appeals to racing fans: My friends own NASCAR teams

For decades Republican presidential candidates having been heading to the racetrack to lockdown the “NASCAR dad” vote, but Mitt Romney’s pandering at the Daytona 500 on Sunday may have backfired. A reporter from The Associated Press casually asked the candidate if he followed the sport. “Not as closely as some…

Lifetime cost to run F-35 fighter: about $1 trillion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters. Lieutenant General…

Sen. Sanders seeks to save Postal Service from a ‘death spiral’

With the U.S. Postal Service proposing to make draconian cuts to its workforce and services starting in mid-May, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has emerged as the leading opponent of any changes that would reduce the quality of service on which many Americans depend. The plan announced this week would involve…

Will blasts West for complaining about gas while driving a Hummer

Conservative columnist George Will says it’s “economic nonsense” for tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) to blame President Barack Obama for the high cost of putting gas in his Hummer. Writing on his Facebook page last week, West charged that Obama’s energy policy was “insidious political gimmickry.” “Here is…

Gibbs zings Gingrich: We’ll call him for lunar colony advice

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Sunday dismissed foreign policy criticism from Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, quipping that his advice was only valuable “[i]f there’s a problem on a lunar colony.” Last week, Gingrich had blasted President Barack Obama for apologizing to Afghans after U.S. troops reportedly…

BP says U.S. oil spill trial could ‘last until 2014′

LONDON — British energy giant BP is prepared for a multi-billion-dollar US legal case into the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill to last until 2014, its chief executive told the Sunday Telegraph. The London-listed company heads to a US court on Monday in an attempt to determine how much…

Santorum: Obama wrong to apologize for Quran burning

Rick Santorum says there’s no reason to apologize for burning holy books as long as it’s just an innocent mistake. The Republican presidential candidate on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama for expressing regret after U.S. troops burned a number of Qurans in Afghanistan. CBS News reported last week that at…

Santorum: JFK’s secularism ‘makes me throw up’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on Sunday that former President John F. Kennedy’s commitment to the separation of church and state made him “throw up.” In a 1960 speech, Kennedy had assured Southern Baptist leaders that as the nation’s first Catholic president, he would not take orders from the…

Clinton says ‘every possibility’ of civil war in Syria

LONDON — There is “every possibility” that Syria could descend into a civil war which could be worsened by foreign intervention, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC on Sunday. “I think that there’s every possibility of a civil war. Outside intervention would not prevent that — it…

N.J. Senate President: Gov. Christie cannot stop rising tide of equality

New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney blasted Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday, accusing the governor of placing “his feet firmly on the wrong side of history” by vetoing a bill to legalize same sex marriage. The bill, the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act, was approved by the New…

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