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Gingrich: ‘Post-conception birth control’ should be illegal

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich acknowledged on Thursday that his support for a “fetal personhood” constitutional amendment would make some forms of birth control illegal. Earlier in the week, the candidate had signed a pledge (PDF) from the group Personhood USA that declared he would “support a human life amendment…

Gingrich: My attackers are ‘discordant with the spirit of Christmas’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is putting his critics on the naughty list. In an interview on Iowa Public Television Thursday, the former House Speaker told Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich that former Massachusetts Sen. Mitt Romney and other attackers were “discordant with the spirit of Christmas.” “Are…

Feds: Sheriff Arpaio’s immigrant crackdowns often illegal

Update (below): Department of Homeland Security cuts Arpaio off from key immigration database Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona have long engaged in the “unconstitutional policing” of Latino communities, the Department of Justice alleged Thursday in a scathing report released after two years of detailed…

Wyden, Ryan team up to overhaul Medicare

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) are joining forces to reform Medicare in a way that both say will save the social safety net. The plan (PDF), set to be officially unveiled at the Bipartisan Policy Center Thursday, would give seniors the option of choosing between new…

Study: U.S. teens opting for pot over booze, cigarettes

Use of two of the most deadly and addictive substances known to man is on the downswing among American teens as they increasingly turn to marijuana, a study published Thursday claimed. Among high school seniors, marijuana use is at a 30-year high, with 1 in 15 saying they use the…

McCain on Iraq withdrawal: ‘We risk losing everything that we gained’

For Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the end of one of the most costly wars in U.S. history is not a reason to celebrate. As the final American troops were pulling out of Iraq Thursday, the failed Republican presidential candidate insisted that “everything that we gained” in the war could be…

Jobless claims drop to 3.5 year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a 3-1/2 year low last week, a government report showed on Thursday, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining speed. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. That was…

US forces lower flag in Iraq ahead of pullout

US forces held a formal ceremony to lower the flag in Iraq on Thursday, ahead of their withdrawal from the country nearly nine years after the controversial invasion to topple Saddam Hussein. The ceremony marking the closure of the US military’s headquarters near Baghdad comes after US President Barack Obama…

Retail sales slide in November

Retail sales sank by 0.4 percent in November from the October level as heavy discounting failed to boost poor consumer sentiment, official data showed on Thursday. Market expectations had been for a smaller drop of 0.2 percent, according to analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires. “Today’s official figures confirm that…

Republicans push $915 billion spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans introduced a $915 billion spending bill in the House of Representatives early on Thursday in an attempt to force Democrats to finalize legislation that would keep the U.S. government operating beyond the weekend. Only two days are left until a temporary funding measure expires and the…

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