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Geithner says wouldn’t serve in an Obama 2nd term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Wednesday he would not expect to be asked to continue as Treasury chief if President Barack Obama wins re-election. “He’s not going to ask me to stay on, I’m pretty confident,” Geithner said during a Bloomberg television interview conducted in North…

Gingrich, Romney slam Havana to woo Cuban-Americans

MIAMI — Newt Gingrich was ahead in the rhetorical war among Republican presidential hopefuls on who could be toughest on Cuba’s communist regime, suggesting Wednesday he would bomb the island if there were a popular uprising. Both former House speaker Gingrich and his top rival, ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, were…

Rep. Van Hollen pushes to enhance Super PAC disclosure

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) plans to introduce legislation that would require Super PACS to more fully disclose donations and stand by their ads, according to The Huffington Post. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in January 2010 gave rise to Super PACS, officially known as independent-expenditure only committees. These…

Obama denies Republican claims of ‘class warfare’

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — US President Barack Obama Wednesday denied Republican claims he was waging class warfare as he set out to sell his call for tax hikes on the rich in states crucial to his reelection bid. Hours after his combative and populist State of the Union address, Obama…

Gingrich versus Romney: A study in contrasts

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — They hail from the same generation and the same Republican party, but Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney provide a stark study in contrasts ahead of next week’s make-or-break Florida primary. The two politicians — top contenders in the battle to become their party’s presidential candidate — offer…

Santorum: Obama’s college reforms part of ‘indoctrination’ plot

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday suggested that President Barack Obama wanted to every kid to go to college so they could be brainwashed into being a liberal. Speaking to a crowd of Floridians at the First Baptist Church of Naples, Santorum said that churches and families were under…

Texas GOP aide warned of ‘really bad’ judges in redistricting memo

During a court hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, an attorney for Texas Democrats who are opposing a voting district map redrawn by Republicans revealed an email from a key GOP staffer who proposed an alternative strategy for pushing the map through if it ended up going before “a really…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz gives tearful farewell to Gabby Giffords

For once, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wasn’t the one crying on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. During a moving ceremony on Wednesday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot in the head last year, made her final appearance in the House as a member of Congress,…

Yemen dictator heads to U.S. for medical treatment

Veteran Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh flew to the United States for medical treatment on Wednesday as his country prepared for elections next month for his successor, an Omani official said. Saleh had been in the Gulf sultanate since Sunday with his wife and five of his children amid mounting speculation about his future.…

Romney profited from mortgage lenders that foreclosed on thousands

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, saw profits by sinking millions into a Goldman Sachs fund that invested in mortgage-backed obligations, which were owned by lenders who foreclosed on thousands of Floridians. By examining the candidate’s May 2011 financial disclosure forms, Think Progress determined that Romney and…

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