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U.S., Afghans near deal on post-2014 mission: Panetta

WASHINGTON — US and Afghan officials are weeks away from clinching a security pact allowing an American military mission to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. The two sides still had to resolve disagreements over controversial night raids by US troops, which Afghan President Hamid…

Geithner asks Congress to act on budget, tax reform

WASHINGTON — US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged Congress to do more to help the nation’s ranks of unemployed Tuesday, as he previewed tax reform plans and defended President Barack Obama’s budget. Stressing the fragile nature of the US recovery — and dinging the previous Republican administration for helping dig…

Santorum surging in Republican presidential race

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum’s drive to capture the Republican presidential nomination gained momentum Tuesday as he surged to the front of the field in national polls and extended his lead over Mitt Romney in his rival’s native Michigan. But Romney’s supporters were just rolling out the big guns — massive…

New York, New Jersey mayors call for end to illegal online gun sales

Two of America’s best known mayors, Michael Bloomberg of New York City and Cory Booker of Newark, said this week that it’s time for the acrimonious practice of illegal online gun sales to finally end. Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker said, ”Gun sales without background checks fuel gun trafficking and…

Gingrich: I’ll make Callista ‘quite happy’ on Valentine’s Day

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday may have given supporters too much information about his sexy Valentine’s Day plan to “reconnect” with his wife, Callista. “All I can promise is that I believe she will be quite happy,” the former House Speaker told an audience in El Monte, California.…

700 Club personality accused of stealing husband’s porn

Tamara Lowe, a frequent guest on “The 700 Club” and author of the book Get Motivated, and her husband Peter are in the midst of an acrimonious divorce that just got uglier: in court documents, Peter accused Tamara and her new boyfriend of stealing his porn. According to south Florida…

Watch: 7th grader wins game with full-court shot

Logan Hillesheim is only in the seventh grade and he may have already hit the biggest shot of his life. With only two seconds to go, Otsego Junior High School was trailing Fostoria Junior High School by just one point. After a Fostoria player missed his free throw, Hillesheim got…

Chomsky: The American decline is ‘increasingly self-inflicted’

Linguist Noam Chomsky says the decline in American power has been “increasingly self-inflicted” in recent decades. In the first part of a two-part column for TomDispatch, the political activist argues that America’s decline is very real. To make the point that the damage has been self-inflicted, Chomsky cites a recent…

Private prison company offers to buy 48 states’ prisons

In exchange for keeping at least a 90 percent occupancy rate, the private prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has sent a letter to 48 states offering to manage their prisons for the low price of $250 million per year, according to a letter obtained by the Huffington Post.…

Occupy protesters tased at Santorum event

Things got a little rowdy during Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s visit to Tacoma, Washington on Monday, where reports said that authorities used a taser on least one Occupy Wall Street protester. Santorum tried to make a point by linking the demonstrators to President Barack Obama, but his speech was…

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