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Navy SEAL shoots himself in head with ‘unloaded’ gun

A 22-year-old Navy SEAL accidentally shot himself in the head Thursday with a gun that he thought was unloaded. San Diego Police Department Officer Frank Cali said that the SEAL had been drinking with a woman at a bar. After returning to his Pacific Beach home, he had tried to…

Romney tax plan would help the rich, hurt the poor: analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cut revenues and increase the government’s budget deficit, while benefiting wealthy taxpayers more than others, said a report from a non-partisan think tank released on Thursday. The Republican front-runner’s campaign responded with a defense of his plan and criticized…

McCain: Romney won’t ‘lead from behind like Ronald Reagan’

Oops, he did it again. For the second time in as many days, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has confused President Barack Obama with another person during a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On Thursday, the Arizona senator had declared that “President Obama will turn this country around,”…

US jobless rate falls in big job surge

The US unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent in December, the lowest level in nearly three years, as hiring surged more than expected, government data showed Friday. The Labor Department report confirmed an improving trend in the ailing job market. The department noted that the number of unemployed as well…

McCain goofs at Romney event: ‘Obama will turn this country around’

Failed Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s endorsement of current candidate Mitt Romney may being doing more harm than good. At an event in South Carolina Thursday, the Arizona senator managed to confuse the candidate he was supporting with Democratic President Barack Obama. “I am confident with the leadership and backing…

Huntsman picks up key Boston Globe endorsement

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Underdog Republican White House hopeful Jon Huntsman got a major campaign boost when he picked up the endorsement of the Boston Globe ahead of the New Hampshire primary. The former Utah governor and ambassador to China opted to skip the Iowa caucuses, instead pinning his hopes…

Romney rivals seek boost from New Hampshire debates

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — A pair of weekend debates could be the last chance for conservative Republican presidential hopefuls to prove who is the best alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, fresh off his nail-biter loss to Romney in…

Michigan faces lawsuit over new domestic partner health care ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a new state law that eliminates health care coverage for the domestic partners of public employees. The lawsuit charges that the new law discriminates against gay and lesbian public employees by forcing them to…

Santorum gets booed after claiming same sex marriage justifies polygamy

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday found himself being booed by a group of students after he failed to convince them that legalizing same sex marriage would also mean that polygamy was acceptable. A young man at New England College’s College Convention 2012 asked the candidate how same sex…

Another Kennedy set to run for Congress: reports

NEW YORK — Joseph P. Kennedy III, a 31-year-old Massachusetts prosecutor, will run for Congress this year in a bid to resurrect the dynasty of America’s most famous political family, reports said Thursday. Kennedy is in the final stages of preparing a Congressional run, with hopes to succeed retiring Democratic…

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