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Rivals set to pounce on Santorum’s past

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Rick Santorum’s last-minute surge in the Iowa caucus brought him neck-and-neck with Mitt Romney in the first contest of the 2012 race to select a Republican presidential candidate. But it came too late to attract the harsh scrutiny usually visited on front-runners. Only in recent days have…

Romney takes a hit from the Christian right

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney hit a roadblock Sunday in South Carolina as Christian conservative leaders coalesced behind Rick Santorum in the race for the presidential nomination. A group of 155 Christian evangelical leaders from around the country endorsed Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, Saturday after holding…

Colbert: ‘The more money you have, the more you can speak’

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert declared Sunday that he believes in Super PACs because “the more money you have, the more you can speak.” Last week, Colbert turned the Super PAC that he founded over to Comedy Central host Jon Stewart so as not to run afoul of campaign laws…

Florida Senate pushes to privatize prisons in 18 counties

The Florida Senate Rules Committee has proposed a bill that would require the state’s Department of Corrections to privatize all prisons and other correctional facilities in 18 counties, according to the News Service of Florida. The state legislature passed nearly the same measure last year, but the law was ruled…

Paterno says he was unsure how to handle abuse tip: report

(Reuters) – Joe Paterno, the iconic head of Penn State University’s football program for 46 years fired after former assistant Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sex abuse, said he was unsure of how to deal with the first report about Sandusky that reached him in 2002. “I didn’t know…

Romney team hits back at Obama’s ‘job destroyer’ attack

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney’s team hit back Saturday atPresident Barack Obama’s campaign for portraying him as a jobs destroyer, ahead of a pivotal US election primary in South Carolina. Romney, favorite to take on Democrat Obama in the November 6 vote, sought to turn the tables on the president, with a campaign aide comparing…

Social conservative groups back Santorum

Desperate to stop Mitt Romney’s growing momentum towards the Republican presidential nomination, social conservatives groups are lining themselves behind Rick Santorum. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins announced Saturday afternoon the decision to support the former Pennsylvania Senator after several rounds of voting. “There emerged a strong consensus around Rick…

White House expresses concern over SOPA, anti-piracy bills

The Obama administration has joined in on the concern over the Internet anti-piracy bills being discussed in Congress. On the White House blog Saturday morning, administration officials responded to two petitions calling for President Obama to veto the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and any similar bills. “While we believe…

Former prisoner can sue over order to cut dreadlocks

(Reuters) – A former prisoner can sue a state prison employee for ordering him to shear his dreadlocks, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A Chicago appeals court revived a lawsuit by ex-inmate Omar Grayson against Harold Schuler, an official at Big Muddy Correctional Center in Illinois who required…

Occupy ‘will never die’: protesters in Washington

Protesters with the “Occupy” movement in the US capitol said Friday the authorities’ efforts to evict them would fail, after the city mayor called for their removal. “They are trying to annoy us, to get our spirits down but I really think it’s not working,” said Sam Mellot from Virginia…

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