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GOP reliance on ‘culture wars’ turning off younger voters

By Patricia Zengerle Feb 24, 2012 13:02 EST FAIRFAX, Virginia (Reuters) – Colleen Wilson has all the makings of a foot soldier for whichever Republican becomes the nominee to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election. The Virginia college student comes from a conservative family and describes herself as…

Judge finds prolonged solitary confinement for ‘merchant of death’ unconstitutional

NEW YORK — A US judge on Friday ordered Viktor Bout, a Russian convicted of arms trafficking, to be removed from solitary confinement and put into a regular facility, saying that to continue his 15-month ordeal violated the constitution. Bout was convicted last November in New York federal court, concluding…

Romney stages campaign event in virtually empty Detroit stadium

By Grace Wyler Mitt Romney ”unveiled” his economic plan — again — to about 1,200 members of the Detroit Economic Club this afternoon. For a speech about taxes, that’s a pretty good turnout. So good, in fact that the campaign had to find a bigger venue. Their solution? Ford Field Stadium, the 65,000-seat football…

Los Angeles Times announces implementing paywall next month

The Los Angeles Times said Friday that it will begin charging online readers next month, the latest major US newspaper to require a subscription to its website. The announcement by the Times comes two days after Gannett, the largest US newspaper chain, said it will begin charging for full online…

Man tests body armor by firing point blank into own stomach

A man who wanted to prove that his body armor would really protect him put it to the ultimate test by firing a round point blank into his own stomach. In video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, a man is seen wearing a bullet-proof vest with the word “security” on…

Romney: My wife ‘drives a couple of Cadillacs’

Republican hopeful Mitt Romney illustrated again on Friday why voters may find him harder to relate to than any other presidential candidate. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field, the former Massachusetts governor awkwardly praised Michigan and bragged about all the vehicles he and his wife…

Karen Santorum: Rick’s campaign is ‘God’s will’

The wife of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that God is responsible for her husband’s recent surge in popularity. “I personally think this is God’s will,” Karen Santorum told GBTV’s Glenn Beck on Thursday. “I think He has us on a path. And I do think there’s a lot…

New Mexico mayoral candidate says rival sent stripper, claims ‘extortion’

A New Mexico mayoral candidate is claiming that one of his opponents set up him by sending a topless dancer to his office and then threatening to release the video if he didn’t drop out of the race. Sunland Park candidate Gerardo Hernandez told KVIA that he was in his…

Utah GOP passes bill to ban contraception in sex ed

A bill passed by Republicans in the Utah House of Representatives would effectively ban comprehensive education about human sexuality, forcing schools to teach abstinence or nothing at all. In all, 45 Republicans voted for state Rep. Bill Wright’s (R) HB363, with 11 Republicans joining the 17 Democrats who opposed it,…

Obama nets election funds at basketball fete

President Barack Obama raised $2.1 million at an election-year fundraiser that allowed him to indulge in his love of basketball, but missed seeing NBA phenom Jeremy Lin. The $30,000-a-plate dinner at Dallas Maverick forward Vince Carter’s house in Orlando, Florida was attended by legendary Los Angeles Laker Earvin “Magic” Johnson…

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