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Independent group tells Iowans to ‘vote rogue’ for Palin

One group in Iowa is keeping their dream of a Sarah Palin presidency alive. An independent group released a radio ad on Wednesday morning encouraging the state’s Republicans to “vote rogue” for the former governor of Alaska during the January 3rd caucus. “Are you unhappy with the current GOP field?” the…

Perry’s petition ‘oops’: Nearly half of Virginia signatures struck down

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has not had an easy go of it this campaign season, but his latest gaffe might be the worst yet. In a spectacular failure of organizational prowess, the Virginia Republican Party announced this week that both Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) failed…

Perry’s abortion ‘transformation’: No exceptions for rape or incest

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday declared that had undergone a “transformation” and no longer supported abortion in cases of rape or incest. During a campaign event in Iowa, Full Faith Christian Center pastor Joshua Verwers noted that Perry used to believe that abortion was acceptable for victims of…

Poll: Ron Paul poised to win Iowa caucuses

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), once labeled nothing more than a “gadfly” by a former Bush strategist, has emerged as the GOP’s leading candidate in the crucial Iowa caucuses, the first post-Christmas poll to be published this year has found. With the nation’s first primary vote just six days away, Paul…

Morgan Stanley to lay off 580 U.S. employees

U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley will soon lay off 580 New York employees, according to an official US document, after earlier announcing plans to eliminate 1,600 jobs by the first quarter of 2012. The New York downsizing was outlined in a document filed with the state department of labor and published Tuesday, which…

Sexual assaults rise at US military academies

The number of sexual assaults reported at the country’s prestigious military academies rose sharply for the second year in a row, according to a Pentagon report issued Tuesday. A total of 65 sexual assault cases were reported at the three academies in 2010-11 compared to 41 reports in the previous…

Four women found dead in Detroit cars

Police in the US city of Detroit were combing through computer and cell phone records Tuesday seeking clues to the killer — or killers — of four young women found dead in the trunks of cars. Three of the victims offered escort services through the same website, www.backpage.com. “This tie…

Obama names Federal Reserve Board nominees

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a Harvard professor and a former Treasury official to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Professor Jeremy Stein is an expert in the movement of stock prices, risk management and banking, while Jerome Powell was a former undersecretary for finance under the first president George Bush. “Their distinguished backgrounds and experience…

Romney claims that ‘you can get a photo ID free’ for voting

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted Tuesday that photo IDs were free to all voters and that Attorney General Eric Holder had made a “very serious error” by blocking a South Carolina law that requires an ID to vote. In blocking the South Carolina law Friday, the Justice Department said…

U.S. lawmakers get richer as voters struggle

The wealth gap between members of Congress and ordinary Americans is growing larger, with nearly half of all lawmakers now worth more than one million dollars, according to US media reports Tuesday. US lawmakers are increasingly likely to be multimillionaires and are on average nine times richer than the other Americans, according to data made available…

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