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Bistro boots brunching lawmaker over anti-gay remarks

A restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee has refused service to a state lawmaker over his anti-gay views, The Raw Story has confirmed. An employee of Bistro at the Bijou told Raw Story that owner Martha Boggs turned away state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) over the weekend. “He just came in for…

Vitter attacks CNN for comparing his sex scandal to Gingrich’s

Republican Louisiana Sen. David Vitter lashed out at a CNN host on Monday for asking if there were similarities between his prostitution scandal and the infidelities of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. “Newt Gingrich has been suffering some heat over his cheating on his first wife, cheating on his second…

Over 400 arrested at ‘Occupy Oakland’ in violent night

Riot police fired tear gas and arrested more than 400 people in Oakland, California, as hordes of anti-Wall Street protesters tried to take over downtown buildings including City Hall, police said Sunday. The most violent protest of the year by an Occupy Wall Street offshoot led to what Oakland police described as “an…

Romney surges to double-digit lead in Florida

Mitt Romney stormed Monday towards a likely victory in Floridathat would all but lock up the Republican presidential nomination, but rival Newt Gingrich promised a bitter fight all the way to the August convention. Polls Sunday showed Romney pulling clear in the Sunshine State after his campaign team went on the offensive, unleashing blistering…

Santorum campaign on hold due to daughter’s illness

FORT MYERS, Florida — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum put campaigning in Florida on hold Sunday, as his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized just days before a key primary vote. Two days before Florida’s winner-takes-all primary, Santorum spent the day in Pennsylvania, where his three year-old was admitted to a Philadelphia…

Bachmann: Tea party ‘has been only a force for good’

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Sunday defended the tea party movement, saying that it had “been only a force for good.” “The [Republican] Party has changed so much for the better,” Bachmann told CBS host Bob Schieffer. “The tea party has infused the energy and excitement. And really,…

Keystone pipeline to be linked to U.S. highway bill: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers will try to force the Obama administration to approve the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to a highway bill that Congress will consider next month, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday. President Barack Obama earlier this month denied TransCanada’s application…

Palin: Gingrich will ‘clobber’ Obama

Failed Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin all but endorsed Newt Gingrich on Saturday, saying Florida voters should “rage against the machine, vote for Newt.” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro asked the former Alaska governor how Gingrich could claim that he was not a Washington insider after being in Congress…

Romney roars into double-digit lead in Florida: polls

MIAMI — White House hopeful Mitt Romney has opened up a commanding double-digit lead in Florida against main rival Newt Gingrich in their Republican nomination battle, the latest two polls showed on Sunday. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and millionaire venture capitalist who is considered the party establishment’s favored candidate,…

Arizona Republicans elect ousted Russell Pearce as vice chairman

Less than three months after he lost his seat in a recall election, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce won election Saturday to be vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. The self-proclaimed “tea party president” of the state Senate had proven a controversial figure in Arizona politics. Pearce was the…

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