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Romney admits his plan would only cut $167 for middle class

Republican presidential candidate said Sunday that his “intent in running for president is to help middle-income Americans,” but admitted that he would only give them a $167 tax cut. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney why his plan didn’t cut tax rates for the richest Americans from 35 percent…

Bob Dole endorses Romney

WASHINGTON — US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday scored an important endorsement from a fellow Republican heavyweight, former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole. “I’ve known Mitt and his family for decades. His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, rock-solid conservative values, and a deep sense…

Republican candidates seek to woo Hispanic voters

WASHINGTON — Republicans are trying to thrash out a strategy to win more votes from the demographically critical and diverse group of US Hispanics — without alienating the party’s conservative base. A sky-high 73 percent of Hispanics — the largest US cultural minority — have a negative view of the…

Keystone pipe outlook no rosier after Senate vote

(Reuters) – Senate Republicans claimed victory on Saturday for a bill that may force President Barack Obama to make a speedier decision on a Canada to Texas oil pipeline, but a White House official indicated quick approval of the project is not likely. The two-month payroll tax break extension bill…

Rapper shot to death in Atlanta

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Rapper Slim Dunkin has been shot to death in Atlanta, police said on Saturday. Dunkin, 24, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was killed on Friday at a studio where a music video was being filmed, Atlanta police said in a statement. “Moments after his arrival, an…

Witnesses grilled as Manning hearing resumes

Defense attorneys grilled US Army investigators Saturday about the evidence against Bradley Manning and the sexual identity of the intelligence analyst accused of spilling US secrets to WikiLeaks. In cross-examination, defense attorneys for Manning, who was spending his 24th birthday in court, questioned the witnesses about whether they had come…

Tyson recalls ground beef over possible E. coli contamination

(Reuters) – Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the department became aware of the problem Monday when the agency was notified by the Ohio Department of Health…

Big Corn, Big Sugar in bitter fight over ‘corn sugar’

Big Corn and Big Sugar are locked in a legal and public relations fight in the US over a plan to change the name of a corn-based sweetener that has gotten a bad name. The fight began last year when Corn Refiners Association, a trade association, proposed changing the name…

Gingrich: I’ll ‘ignore’ any Supreme Court ruling I disagree with

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is doubling down from Thursday’s Fox News debate on his vow to abolish federal courts if he disagreed with their decision. According to The Hill, in a conference call with reporters, Gingrich indicated that it was in the president’s power as commander-in-chief to deem any…

MN GOPer resigns over alleged ‘inappropriate relationship’

In yet another case of the GOP failing to uphold its “Family Values” mantle, Minnesota Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned from her leadership post after facing allegations of an “inappropriate relationship” with a staffer. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Koch was confronted by her Republican colleagues about…

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