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Kucinich proposes public financing to overturn Citizens United ruling

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced a constitutional amendment to the U.S. House on Thursday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. The court held that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people and that money was a form…

U.S. Army suicides down, sex assaults up

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Thursday the number of suicides in the US Army fell last year for the first time since 2004, but that sexual assaults increased. A report on health issues in the largest branch of the US military said the number of suicides among active service members…

Romney still struggling to woo conservatives

GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Republican voters in this Bible Belt state are still yearning for a bedrock conservative as their presidential candidate, even as Mitt Romney seeks to win them over. “I don’t understand why he’s running in South Carolina,” said Myron Chorbagian at a conservative forum here, adding Romney…

Portland, ME calls for end to corporate personhood

The city of Portland, Maine joined other cities across the nation in supporting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing corporate personhood. The Portland City Council voted 6 to 2 in support of a nonbinding resolution calling on Maine’s congressional delegation to support such an amendment, according to the Portland…

Santorum, not Romney, declared winner in Iowa

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party on Thursday declared Rick Santorum the winner of the Iowa caucuses, upending frontrunner Mitt Romney who was originally shown to have won the first-in-the-US presidential nomination vote two weeks ago. A certified vote count showed Santorum 34 votes ahead of Romney, in a sure boost…

Obama seeks jobs boost from Chinese, Indian tourists

ORLANDO, Florida — US President Barack Obama went to Disney World on Thursday touting a new jobs-from-tourism plan, but a top Republican rival mocked his trip as new evidence he lived in a political “Fantasyland.” Obama unveiled a proposal to boost jobs in the crucial electoral swing state of Florida…

Romney scolds protester for asking about the 99 percent

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a page out of the Chris Christie playbook on Thursday and berated an Occupy Wall Street activist for asking him how he would support less-wealthy Americans. Romney was signing autographs outside his campaign headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina when a man asked, “What will…

Walker turns down $37 million meant for Wisconsinites’ health care

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) turned down on Thursday a $37 million grant that would have helped to provide health care services for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, saying he would rather deny his citizens treatment if it means he is resisting the “encroachment of ObamaCare.” The money would have…

Evangelical leader compares Gingrich to Italian cruise ship captain

One evangelical leader says that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is like the Italian captain whose cruise ship sank — because the former House Speaker was sailing on his own personal love boat when he cheated on his first and second wives. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council…

Gingrich surges, takes lead in four South Carolina polls

With only two days to go before the crucial South Carolina Republican primary, four polls have found that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich claimed his biggest lead over Romney, 34 to 28, in a survey (PDF) published by the Democratic-affiliated Public…

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