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Man detained after explosives found near Kansas Capitol

KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) – Police detained the owner of a pickup truck parked near the Kansas state Capitol in Topeka on Wednesday after they found improvised explosive devices inside the vehicle. Several improvised explosive devices were found in the truck, parked in the lot of the Kansas Judicial Center…

Santorum reports four years of tax returns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum released tax returns on Wednesday showing he and his wife earned around $1 million annually in the last few years, Politico reported. Santorum issued returns for the last four years, the most of the Republican candidates who have tried to outdo each…

U.S. eyes deep cuts to nuclear arsenal: official

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration is looking at possible cuts to the US nuclear arsenal that include a drastic option to reduce the number of warheads by up to 80 percent, a US official said Wednesday. But no decision has been taken yet on how to reshape the nuclear…

U.S. lawmakers warn Egypt ties nearing ‘precipice’

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers from both parties stepped up their warnings Wednesday that Egypt’s crackdown on democracy activists will force a review of US aid to the longtime Mideast ally if the crisis is not quickly resolved. “I truly believe we are approaching a precipice beyond which our bilateral relations…

Rahm Emanuel vows to fight for marriage equality

Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has thrown his support behind an Illinois bill that would grant same sex couples all the marriage rights now exclusively available to heterosexual couples. “I’ll push for it because it is consistent with the values base, and the practical…

Maine Democrats celebrate special election ‘repudiation’ of GOP

The Maine Democratic Party on Wednesday hailed their victory in the state Senate District 20 special election as a repudiation of the Republican’s agenda. Democrat Chris Johnson won the special election on Tuesday against Republican Dana Dow. The district has been controlled by Republicans since 2004, when it was reapportioned.…

Obama’s approval climbs to 50 percent

President Barack Obama launched his latest cross-country trawl for campaign cash Wednesday at an auspicious moment — as his approval rating hit the crucial 50 percent barrier in two new polls. There were also signs that strengthening jobs growth and a quickening recovery were improving his standing in several key…

Actress apologizes for appearing in Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad

Lisa Chan, the 21-year-old Asian-American actress who appeared in U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s controversial ad, has apologized for her role. “I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities,” she wrote on Facebook. “As a recent college grad who has spent time…

Outright abortion ban introduced to Iowa House

Legislation introduced to the Iowa House of Representatives on Wednesday would completely outlaw abortion and mandate up to life in prison for those who purposefully terminate a pregnancy. The bill, House File 2298, was introduced by state Rep. Kim Pearson (R). It would outlaw all abortions, even cases of rape…

Santorum: Dems ‘look down their nose’ at Americans

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday charged that the Obama administration was full of “elite snobs” who were looking “down their nose at the average American.” The former Pennsylvania senator went on the attack against President Barack Obama and Democrats for rejecting Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) to replace the…

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