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Gorbachev says Bush warned him of ’91 coup

The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, said Monday that former US president George H.W. Bush had warned him about his safety a few weeks before Communist hardliners staged their August 1991 coup. The ex-Soviet president and Nobel Peace Prize winner said on the eve of the failed plot’s 20th anniversary…

Obama dodges medical marijuana question in Minnesota

President Barack Obama sidestepped a question about medical marijuana legalization at a town hall event in Cannon Falls, Minnesota Monday. “If you can’t legalize marijuana, why can’t you just legalize medical marijuana?” a woman asked the president. “A lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana,” Obama explained. “As…

U.S. committed to Taiwan: White House

A White House official pledged Monday that the United States will remain committed to Taiwan’s defense after a report said that Washington has rejected the island’s pitch to buy F-16 fighter jets. A day before Vice President Joe Biden heads to China, President Barack Obama’s administration said it stood by…

U.S. police search for thieves in Rembrandt heist

Police were on the lookout Monday for two people suspected in the theft of a Rembrandt drawing from a luxury hotel in the California beachfront resort of Marina del Rey, Los Angeles police said. “The Judgment,” a pen and ink drawing with an estimated value of $250,000, was on display…

Syria ‘will be better off’ without Assad: White House

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost his legitimacy and his people “will be better off without him,” the White House said Monday after deadly weekend violence. US President Barack Obama “has no doubt the Syrian people will be better off without him,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, reiterating that the…

White House: U.S. would ‘consider’ staying in Iraq past 2011

The White House said Monday it would “consider” any Iraqi request for a US troop presence past 2011 as the war-torn country mourned the bloodiest violence in more than a year. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Washington’s “overall” posture “in terms of drawing down” was unchanged after the countrywide…

WATCH LIVE: Obama talks economy at town hall

President Barack Obama was expected to deliver remarks on jobs and the economy in Cannon Falls, Minn Monday. The event was scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Aug. 15, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

RNC attack on Obama’s bus tour ignores Bush’s political travel costs

The Republican National Committee released a tailored, satirical attack ad Monday as President Barack Obama began a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, focusing on jobs and the economy. The 11-page pdf masquerades as a press guide for what the RNC has dubbed “A Totally Non-Political, Taxpayer-Funded Administration Event That…

Perry: ‘I didn’t do my research’ on mandate for HPV vaccine

Facing questions in New Hampshire last weekend, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was confronted by someone wanting to know why he ordered all Texas girls to receive a series of injections to vaccinate them against human pappiloma virus (HPV), even without the completion of long term studies on the drug.…

Ron Paul rebukes Romney: Corporations are not people

In a verbal slap at former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) affirmed this weekend his belief that only individuals are people, contradicting Romney’s insistence that corporations are as well. Legally, Romney is right and Paul is wrong. Corporations have been endowed with the rights of individuals…

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