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In ad for newsletter, Ron Paul forecast ‘race war’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul’s political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a “coming race war in our big cities” and of a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS. The eight-page letter, which appears to carry Paul’s signature at the end,…

Gingrich: Ron Paul’s key base is ‘people who want to legalize drugs’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday took a few rhetorical shots at his rival Ron Paul and his unorthodox libertarian message, according to CBS News. “This is a guy who basically says, if the United States were only nice, it wouldn’t have had 9/11,” he told conservative commentator John…

Court blocks key terms of South Carolina immigration law

WASHINGTON — A court on Thursday blocked key provisions of a controversial new immigration law by the southeastern US state of South Carolina, less than two weeks before it was to take effect. Judge Richard Gergel of the South Carolina circuit ruled that some terms of the law locally known…

U.S. pulls back Peace Corps from Central America

WASHINGTON — The US Peace Corps, the government run volunteer body, is pulling out of Honduras in response to security fears as narcotics-related violence spreads in Central America. The organization announced earlier this week that 158 volunteers were being pulled from Honduras in January. Training there and for new volunteers…

WikiLeaks suspect ‘abused’ trust: U.S. Army prosecutors

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US Army prosecutors said Thursday that Private Bradley Manning “abused our trust” and should face a court-martial for one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history. Defense attorneys argued meanwhile at the conclusion of a seven-day hearing that the charges against the 24-year-old soldier…

U.S. approves new nuclear plant design

WASHINGTON — The US approved a new nuclear plant design Thursday, paving the way for the country’s first new nuclear power facilities since 1996 to be built. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the green light to Westinghouse’s 1,100 megawatt AP1000 pressurized water reactor design, which is slated for use in…

Perry has ‘no problem’ drug-testing welfare recipients

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that he was not opposed to requiring welfare recipient to undergo mandatory drug tests, according to CBS News. “I don’t have a problem with before you get any dollars from the federal government that you’re drug tested,” Perry said at a meet-and-greet in Iowa.…

House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax extension

House Republicans have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday for 160 million U.S. workers, congressional sources told Talking Points Memo and the National Journal. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate struck a short-term compromise on the payroll tax cut and employment insurance. But House Speaker…

Man misses mouse and shoots roommate, revealing child rapist

A Utah man who was trying to kill a mouse ended up shooting one roommate and getting another arrested for child rape, while a fourth roommate slept through the whole thing. Taylorsville Police Sgt. Tracy Wyant told Deseret News that the first roommate, 27, had been trying to kill a…

George H.W. Bush: ‘Romney is the best choice’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is getting an informal boost from the 41st president of the United States less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Former President George H.W. Bush told the Houston Chronicle earlier this week that Romney was his man, citing the candidate’s “stability, experience, principles.” “I…

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