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Republicans urge covert ops against Iran, Syria

Republican US presidential candidates have redoubled their public calls for “covert” operations against Iran and Syria, including sabotage, assassination and aid to opposition forces. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has led the calls for secret war, told a gathering of party activists on Wednesday he would use “covert capability”…

Obama rejects bid to tie pipeline to tax row

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday warned he would reject any bid by Republicans to make his plans for a payroll tax cut conditional on his prompt backing for a contentious US-Canada oil pipeline. As he met Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who supports the Keystone XL project, Obama staked…

Guards shoot some prisoners to quell California riot

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – Nine prisoners were wounded, some of them shot by guards, during a riot of 50 inmates at a California prison on Wednesday that was eventually quelled, authorities said. Some corrections officers also were slightly injured during the melee at California State Prison-Sacramento, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman…

Police arrest 62 as ‘Occupy’ protesters target lobbyists

WASHINGTON — Police arrested 62 protesters Wednesday as supporters of Occupy Wall Street targeted lobbyists who promote the interests of corporate America in Washington’s corridors of power. Undeterred by steady rain, more than 1,000 marchers — many of them labor-union activists — shut down several blocks of K Street, epicenter…

White House presses hard for consumer chief

WASHINGTON — The White House Wednesday warned that Republican opposition to the nomination of a chief for a new consumer watchdog agency left millions of Americans open to abuses from the finance industry. Republicans are opposing the President Barack Obama’s pick of former Ohio state official Richard Cordray to head…

Police arrest 12 during ‘Take Back the Capitol’ rally

WASHINGTON — US police made a dozen arrests near the White House on Wednesday as more than a thousand demonstrators converged in the latest protest against corporate greed and inequitable distribution of wealth. After an hour of face-to-face talks, officers including some on horseback, started to detain demonstrators who had…

Georgia Democrat proposes drug testing for lawmakers

Democratic Georgia state Rep. Scott Holcomb has introduced legislation to the General Assembly that would require lawmakers to pass a drug test before taking office. The usual bill was filed last week in response to a proposal to drug test welfare applicants, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This bill is really very…

Secret Service takes guns, handcuffs from Kansas birther threatening Obama

A Kansas birther, who publicly announced that he was planning a citizen’s arrest of President Barack Obama, was told Monday by the Secret Service that he would be arrested if he came near the president. Neil Jednoralski claimed that he contacted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Kansas Highway…

Gingrich may miss key Ohio filing deadline

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) may be the Republican Party’s leading candidate for their presidential nomination, but that doesn’t mean his campaign has the organization it needs to win. In perhaps a sign of things to come, Gingrich is on track to miss today’s 4 p.m. filing deadline for…

Romney: ‘I don’t have a political career’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has run for public office no less than four times over a period of almost 20 years, denied Wednesday that he had a “political career.” “I can tell you this: The best hope you have that I will be able to change Washington is…

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