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GOP candidates make reducing power of federal courts a campaign issue

Even though the U.S. federal court are hardly hotbeds of liberal sentiment by most standards, their willingness to uphold freedom of speech, the separation of church and state, and equal protection for gay and lesbian citizens has frequently irked conservatives. Now a majority of would-be Republican presidential candidates appear to…

McConnell: Police, firefighter layoffs not my problem

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that saving the jobs of police and firefighters was not the role of the federal government. CNN’s Candy Crowley reminded the Kentucky Republican that a recent Gallup/USA Today poll found that 75 percent of Americans supported President Barack Obama’s plan to provide…

Ron Paul plans to ‘eventually’ end all federal student aid

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday that he would “eventually” end all federal aid to students. “As you well know, you have a lot of support among young people,” Gregory noted. “They’re borrowing to pay for college at record levels. Would you abolish all federal student…

Clinton warns Iran over Iraq

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran on Sunday not to “miscalculate” in Iraq, saying the US military presence in the region would remain strong after the withdrawal of all American combat forces at the end of the year. “No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our…

Is Rick Perry a birther?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently told PARADE magazine that after talking to Donald Trump he doesn’t know if the birth certificate released by Barack Obama is legitimate. Trump briefly considered running for president in the Spring. He gained considerable media attention by questioning whether Obama was an natural born citizen…

Santorum: Obama ‘lost the war in Iraq’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed Sunday that by announcing the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, President Barack Obama had “lost the war.” The candidate told CBS’ Bob Schieffer that the Republican reaction to the president’s announcement had been scathing because the Obama administration failed to convince Iraq…

Ron Paul wins Ohio GOP straw poll by huge margin

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won a landslide victory in the Ohio Republican straw poll conducted on Saturday. Of the 428 Republicans who voted in the straw poll, nearly 54 percent cast their ballot for Paul. He was followed by businessman Herman Cain, who received about 26…

Bachmann: Gaddafi ‘may be’ still in power if I were president

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann admitted Sunday that Libya may still be under the rule of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi if she had been president instead of Barack Obama. In May, the candidate called the U.S. military action in Libya “a disaster in the making.” “If President Bachmann had been…

130 arrested as ‘Occupy Chicago’ tries to take Grant Park

About 130 protesters were arrested at an Occupy Chicago demonstration early on Sunday after they set up tents and refused to leave a public park after closing time, police said. The protests, which have spread across the United States and to other countries since starting in New York last month,…

‘Occupy Milwaukee’ organizer: Movement creating new political space

Peter Rickman, a member of UW-Madison’s Teaching Assistant Association, told The UpTake in an interview that the “Occupy Milwaukee” demonstration was part of a global movement for social and economic justice. Thousands marched October 15 and many of the protesters have remain encamped at a park in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.…

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