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More than 220,000 votes already cast in Florida GOP primary

MIAMI — More than 220,000 people have already cast their ballots in Florida’s Republican presidential primary under the state’s early voting system ahead of the January 31 contest, a party official said Sunday. Analysts say those early votes could help establishment favorite Mitt Romney regain some momentum after his bruising…

At 23, new treasurer works to save Harrisburg

HARRISBURG (Reuters) – In the battle to repair the tattered finances of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, residents have turned to an unlikely city treasurer: a 23-year-old college student. Whether John Campbell, who was installed as treasurer on January 3, is the right person to lead that charge for Harrisburg, the state’s capital,…

Fed to enter tricky waters of U.S. rate forecasts

The US Federal Reserve enters uncharted waters at its policy meeting this week as it reveals individual policymakers’ views on the future path of interest rates. Fed-watchers generally expect the central bank will leave monetary policy essentially unchanged after the economy has recently shown some signs of an improving recovery…

Anonymous briefly deletes CBS.com from the Internet

In a rampage following the U.S. government’s takedown of file-sharing site MegaUpload, the hacktivist group Anonymous not only knocked the CBS.com website offline on Sunday, but deleted all its files. As described by Gizmodo, “The CBS takedown wasn’t your regular DDoS attack because if you went to CBS.com at the…

Gingrich, Romney begin key Florida battle

Newt Gingrich set his sights Sunday on Florida after a stunning win in South Carolina’s presidential primary, while main Republican rival Mitt Romney bowed to pressure to release his tax returns. Gingrich’s resounding victory Saturday turned the topsy-turvy race on its head, and his political resurrection ensures a dramatic 2012…

Obama hails anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion by affirming his backing for the right, for decades one of America’s most polarizing issues. “As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court…

Scarborough: GOP ‘base is revolting’ against Romney

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said on Sunday that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s thumping of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in South Carolina Saturday showed that the Republican base was “revolting” against the party establishment. During a round table discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd explained that…

Nancy Keenan decries Republican ‘war on women’

On the the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan declared that 2011 was the year of the “War on Women.” “In the more than 30 years I’ve spent defending a woman’s right to choose, I can’t recall a time when politicians have been more…

Boehner ‘may’ hold payroll tax cut hostage over Keystone pipeline

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Sunday that he may block an extension of the payroll tax holiday if President Barack Obama does not approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this Keystone pipeline is in fact approved,” the…

Chris Christie: ‘Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has “embarrassed” the Republican Party, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney never has. Following Romney’s devastating loss to Gingrich in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Christie told NBC’s David Gregory that the former speaker just didn’t…

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