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Top Komen officials resign as Planned Parenthood criticism grows

Three top officials with the Susan G. Komen charity have resigned following the group’s decision to withdraw their funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Mollie Williams, the group’s top public health official, resigned immediately following the board of directors’ decision to pull funding from PPFA, according to…

Romney: I ‘misspoke’ about the poor

A day after insisting that the media had taken his comments about not being concerned for the poor out of context, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shifted positions on Thursday, claiming he simply “misspoke.” On Monday, Romney had told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he wasn’t running for president to help…

Oil rises as traders await US jobs report

World oil prices rose Friday on nervous trade ahead of a closely-watched US jobs report to be released later in the day, analysts said. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in March, gained 65 cents to $97.01 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for March…

Panetta says Israel ‘could strike’ Iran in spring

BRUSSELS — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear installations this spring, the Washington Post said Thursday in an editorial. When asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta brushed it…

Senate passes STOCK Act to end congressional insider trading

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the Senate voted 93 to 3 on Thursday to approve the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, legislation that prohibits lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on information they learn during congressional briefings and related work. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard…

ACLU urges Senate to support ban on racial profiling

The American Civil Liberties Union has called on the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that would prohibit local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from racially profiling suspected criminals. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act in 2011, but the bill has not yet been taken up…

Obama, foes in military spending cut fight

WASHINGTON — The White House and its Republican foes clashed Thursday over a law requiring steep cuts to military spending after a congressional “SuperCommittee” failed to agree on long-range deficit reduction. Republicans have stepped up election-year pressure on President Barack Obama to help them roll back the measure, warning that…

Trump gives glitzy backing to frontrunner Romney

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump threw his weight behind Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney on Thursday, in a glitzy boost for the former Massachusetts governor’s White House hopes. In typical Trump style, he had kept poll-watchers guessing until the last moment; as late…

NYPD proposed spying on Muslims based solely on their religion

The New York Police Department proposed spying on more than a dozen Shia mosques despite any evidence of wrongdoing, secret police documents obtained by the Associated Press revealed. The May 2006 NYPD intelligence report, titled “US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City,” recommended targeting a dozen mosques based solely…

Komen Foundation ousted their Democratic lobbyist just before hiring Karen Handel

It wasn’t until 2008 that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)3, founded the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Advocacy Alliance, a 501(c)4 non-profit that, under IRS rules, can spend unlimited donor funds on lobbying. It’s that arm of the Komen Foundation that former Secretary of State…

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