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Court allows Texas to force women into medically unnecessary sonograms

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that  Texas may enforce a law passed last year which requires women seeking abortion services to undergo an invasive, medically unnecessary trans-vaginal sonogram procedure before ending their pregnancy. The ruling overturned a restraining order issued by a lower court in August…

Romney: ‘I have personal experience’ hiring undocumented immigrants

In an appearance in New Hampshire on Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney reminded voters that he has “personal experience” in hiring undocumented immigrants. And if that weren’t strange enough, Romney then immediately suggested that he wonders about immigration status every time he hears someone speaking with “an accent.” “The…

Indiana House committee advances right-to-work bill

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – An Indiana state House committee advanced Republican backed right-to-work legislation to the full House in a 15-minute meeting on Tuesday, one day after Democrats ended a boycott that had blocked its path. The measure passed to the full Indiana state House of Representatives in an 8-5 vote…

Gingrich: ‘Occupy’ protesters ‘blocking’ my free speech

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday complained that Occupy Wall Street protesters were “blocking” his right to free speech. The former House Speaker told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had canceled an event at his campaign headquarters, where protesters were waiting outside the front and back entrances.…

Treasury secretary Geithner heads to Asia

The US treasury secretary will Tuesday begin a trip to China and Japan to discuss new sanctions on Iran that could raise tensions between Washington and Beijing and pose difficulties for Tokyo. Both China and resource-poor Japan rely heavily on oil supplies from Iran and are under pressure from the…

White House protesters call for Guantanamo closure

Human rights activists, some dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, protested in front of the White House Monday to demand that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed, 10 years after it opened. Members of the group Witness Against Torture, who launched their protest on Sunday, plan to maintain an around-the-clock…

On his way out, Mississippi governor Barbour pardons murderers

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Reuters) – Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor’s Mansion, releasing them from prison in the final days of his term in office, state officials said on Monday. In all, Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder and another convicted of burglary…

Marine said ‘shoot first, ask later’ in Iraq civilian slayings

CAMP PENDLETON, California — A US Marine ordered his men to “shoot first and ask questions later,” triggering one of the Iraq war’s most controversial episodes which killed 24 civilians in 2005, a court heard. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich overreacted in orders he gave his squad after seeing the mangled…

Romney under fire over private equity firm Bain Capital

Mitt Romney faced blistering new attacks from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination over jobs lost at firms bought by his hugely rich venture capital company. On track to win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday by a wide margin, the former Massachusetts governor found himself justifying what he…

South Carolina woman calls Perry ‘homophobic’ and ‘racist’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was greeted at a restaurant in Anderson, South Carolina with a tremendously-backhanded compliment. A young woman who posed for a photo with Perry on Monday told him it was “good to see someone as homophobic and racist as you,” according to Politico. Perry’s response? He smiled…

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