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U.S. to keep special forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to maintain special forces in Afghanistan after it winds down its combat operations in the country, using them to hunt down insurgent leaders and train local troops, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed senior Pentagon officials, the newspaper Saturday said these forces could…

Ari Fleischer to advise Susan G. Komen charity on Planned Parenthood

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer will help the Susan G. Komen foundation deal with its decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood and the subsequent PR disaster, according to the Washington Post. Fleischer served under the Bush administration and later became a CNN contributor. Komen, the nation’s leading…

Romney: Obama trying to ‘bribe the voters’ with benefits

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday accused President Barack Obama of trying to “bribe the voters” with benefits and “checks from government.” During his victory speech following the Nevada caucuses, the candidate told a crowd of supporters that voters shouldn’t expect a “free ticket” when he is president. “I…

NOM sees correlation between its pledge and Ron Paul’s failures

After former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage noted that Texas Rep. Ron Paul was the only Republican candidate that hadn’t signed its pledge and was also the only one who failed to win a single primary or caucus. The group is…

Republicans ‘struggling to woo Latinos’

Astrid Silva came to the United States aged four with her parents from Mexico in search of “the American dream.” She’s 23 now and fears being deported every day. She is one reason Republicans are struggling to woo Latinos — key voters in heavily Hispanic states like Nevada, Colorado and…

Pacifists protest possible war against Iran

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Saturday in New York and pacifist groups took to the streets in dozens of other US and Canadian cities in a “Day of Mass Action” against a possible war with Iran. About 500 protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square and marched to the headquarters of the…

Eighth-grader sells marijuana packed brownies to classmates

It turned out not to be your typical brownie sale at one New York City middle school, as a student placed an interesting ingredient in treats prepared for her classmates. According to The New York Daily News, an eighth-grade girl sold brownies containing marijuana out of her bookbag at Intermediate…

Seven arrested, tents seized as police target Occupy DC

Police in riot gear clamped down on the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, seizing tents and bedding from the four-month-old tent colony and arresting seven protesters. Stunned members of Occupy DC in McPherson Square, three blocks from the White House, shouted words of anger, but otherwise put…

Indiana GOP Secretary of State guilty of voter fraud

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted of six felony charges Saturday morning, including three counts of voter fraud, according to The Indianapolis Star. White’s case stemmed from providing incorrect information about where he lived while campaigning for secretary of state in 2009 and 2010. He claimed that…

Obama urges passage of mortgage relief

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to approve his plan to provide relief to millions of homeowners who are having trouble paying mortgages. “In order to lower mortgage payments for millions of Americans, we need Congress to act,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “They’re…

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