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Gingrich busted holding campaign t-shirt made in El Salvador

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had another “deer in the headlights” moment Wednesday. An ABC News producer asked Gingrich to hold up one of his campaign t-shirts for the camera and he probably now wishes he hadn’t followed her instructions. “A lot of what you’re talking about is about taking…

Strauss-Kahn accuser meets with prosecutors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her met with prosecutors on Wednesday for several hours to discuss details of the case. Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said afterward the meeting went well and that taped conversations…

Tea party revolt holds possible debt deals hostage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to cut the deficit faced a nail-bitingly close vote in Congress on Thursday as the top Republican lawmaker sought to quell an internal revolt and push his plan to avoid a ruinous default. Approval of a plan by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would…

Clinton vows to fight Republican aid cuts

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned Congress that she will fight to block a Republican push to restrict aid for Israel’s Arab neighbors and Pakistan and cut off climate change funds. Two panels in the Republican-led House of Representatives have approved billions of dollars in cuts…

Herman Cain apologizes to Muslims for betraying ‘commitment to the Constitution’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain apologized to Muslims on Wednesday in a statement sent to Politico. “While I stand by my opposition to the interference of sharia law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to…

Keith Olbermann: Rep. Peter King ‘un-American’ and ‘an a$$hole’

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) appeared on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown Wednesday night to discuss Rep. Peter King’s latest hearing on radical Islam. During the hearing, King said that the Somalia-base Al-Shebab terror group was “a growing threat” to the United States. Ellison said on Countdown that not a single witness at…

Arizona Republicans lash out at Democrats to defend tax loophole for corporate jets

Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny riled the feathers of the state’s Republican Party by suggesting that those who can afford corporate jets should have to make sacrifices, not just seniors and middle-class families. “What (President Barack Obama) is saying is (that) we need a balanced approach, and if we…

White House officials ‘rickroll’ Twitter critic

WASHINGTON — Tensions may be high in Washington amid a stalemate in talks to raise the US debt ceiling but the White House is keeping a sense of humor. White House officials were replying to questions on Twitter on Wednesday when a Tennessee man named David Wiggs complained that the…

Radio ad urges Iowans to write in Rick Perry on Ames Straw Poll

A political action committee founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging people to write in Texas Governor Rick Perry’s name on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, according to the Des Moines Register. Politico reported that Iowa Republican leaders left Perry and…

ACLU plans ‘Family, Faith and Freedom’ event to counter Gov. Perry’s prayer rally

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas announced Wednesday they would be partnering with Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) to host an alternative to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally in Houston. “Gov. Perry’s decision to sponsor a ‘Christians-only’ prayer rally is bad enough. That…

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