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Obama in annual festive showdown with Republicans

WASHINGTON — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — with tree lights twinkling, sleigh bells ringing and President Barack Obama locked in his annual Yuletide power struggle with Republicans in Congress. This year’s fight — over Obama’s demands for an extension of a workers’ tax cut and unemployment…

Gingrich stands by ‘invented’ Palestinians jab

Leading Republican White House contender Newt Gingrich has stood by remarks that Palestinians are an “invented” people, which have sparked outrage as he seemed to call into question long-held US policy on statehood. “Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes,” Gingrich said during a thorny…

Ohio Democrats hope 2012 ballot measure will help Obama

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A referendum issue which Ohio Democrats hope could help President Barack Obama’s chances of winning the battleground state will appear on the November 2012 ballot. On Friday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified that enough signatures were collected to put legislation dealing with voting procedures up…

Gloves off at Republican debate

The gloves came off at a Republican presidential debate as the narrowing field of White House hopefuls tried to undermine frontrunner Newt Gingrich, who did not hesitate to jab back. Gingrich’s main rival Mitt Romney quickly sought to sketch out the differences between the two, painting the former House speaker…

‘Middle class’ Romney tries to bet Perry $10,000

Most Americans these days can barely afford a friendly wager of $5 but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has claimed he’s part of the middle class, tried to bet fellow-candidate Rick Perry $10,000 Saturday night. During ABC’s debate at Drake University in Iowa, Perry noted that Romney had suggested…

GOP debate audience cheers child labor

The audience at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate gave their loud seal of approval to the idea of removing restrictions on child labor. For over a week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) has been suggesting that poor children should be in the workforce. He has said that janitorial jobs…

Breitbart feuds with Republican gay group over ‘outing’

Reactions to republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s widely-criticized “Strong” ad have continued to roil right-leaning groups and spark controversy among conservatives. Today Andrew Breitbart resigned from his post on the Board of Advisors of Republican gay group GOProud. Breitbart was reacting to the group’s controversial decision to “out” Republican pollster…

Controversial religious license plates put Perry on the spot

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The approval of a specialty Texas vehicle license plate which says “One State Under God” and shows three crosses has again put Texas Governor Rick Perry on the spot in the Republican presidential race. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board, all of whom were appointed…

Supreme Court to decide Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday halted the use of judge-drawn Texas election maps that favor minority candidates and Democrats in 2012 congressional and state legislative elections and agreed to decide the dispute that could have national implications. The justices said they would hear arguments on January…

Judge rules Colorado education law unconstitutional

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado judge ruled on Friday that the state’s education law is unconstitutional because it underfunds public schools and fails to provide a “thorough and uniform” education to all students. In a 183-page decision, Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport said the state legislature needs to craft…

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