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Romney: Obama will ‘divide our nation’ with State of the Union speech

President Barack Obama hasn’t even given his State of the Union address yet, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is already accusing the president of using the speech to “divide our nation.” Speaking to supporters at a factory in Tampa, Florida Tuesday morning, Romney stood underneath a sign that read…

Oklahoma GOP lawmaker believes food contains human fetuses

An Oklahoma lawmaker is convinced that some food coming into his state contains portions of human fetuses. According to the KGMG talk radio, state Sen. Ralph Shortey (R) has filed a bill that bans foods or products using aborted human fetuses. “There is a potential that there are companies that…

Gingrich threatens to boycott debates without applause

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday warned that he might not participate in future debates if moderators didn’t allow his fans to cheer. NBC News had asked the audience at Monday night’s debate in Florida to hold their applause until the commercial breaks — and Gingrich was perceived to…

Romney advocates ‘self-deportation’ for undocumented immigrants

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he expects all undocumented immigrants to leave the country through a program of “self-deportation.” During an NBC Republican presidential debate in Florida on Monday, The Tampa Bay Times‘ Adam Smith noted that the candidate has said that all undocumented immigrants should leave the country,…

Romney earned 12 times more than Obama, had nearly half the tax rate

Tax returns released by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday revealed that his 2010 effective tax rate was almost half of President Barack Obama’s, even though the former Massachusetts governor earned about $20 million more. According to 2010 tax returns (PDF) released by the White House, the president paid…

Second term bid frames Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama’s mission in Tuesday’s State of the Union address is simple to state, yet tough to pull off. He must begin to convince Americans that despite high unemployment, a slow economic recovery and a mood of prolonged national gloom spawned by the worst recession in decades, he deserves…

TARP pay czar caved on executive pay limits, bonuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pressure from financial institutions and Treasury officials undermined an effort to limit executive pay at seven companies rescued with taxpayer money, a new government audit showed on Tuesday. The official overseeing executive pay for bailout firms limited cash compensation and made some reductions in pay, but still…

Romney: Gingrich an ‘influence peddler,’ unfit for the White House

Mitt Romney painted rival Newt Gingrich as a Washington “influence peddler” and unfit for the White House, as falling poll numbers forced him onto the offensive in a fierce Republican debate. Romney began the maiden Florida primary debate late Monday swinging hard at Gingrich, as he scrambled to get his…

Romney’s released tax return reveals 13.9% rate, holdings in foreign ‘tax havens’

TAMPA, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $45.2 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011. Bowing to increasing political pressure to provide more detail about his vast wealth, the…

Romney berates Gingrich for making ‘$35,000 a year’

Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday for the way he made a living in recent years. During a NBC debate in Tampa, Florida, Romney charged that Gingrich had “peddled influence” in his role as an advisor for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage…

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