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Military drone pilots found vulnerable to ‘clinical distress’

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flying drone aircraft over Afghanistan from the comfort of a military base in the United States is much more stressful than it might seem, even for pilots spared the sacrifice of overseas deployment and separation from family and friends. America’s insatiable demand for drone…

White House accuses GOP of playing politics with tax cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House accused House of Representatives Republicans on Sunday of playing politics with the fate of the payroll tax cut and warned that Americans could face a “devastating” tax hike if Republicans do not act. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has distanced himself from a two-month…

NJ Senator supports repeal of DOMA for gay marriage

In a complete reversal from his position 15 years, Sen. Bob Menedez (D-NJ) vowed Sunday morning to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and support same-sex marriages. According to a column written in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Menedez came to his current stance on the issue after much thought.…

Franken: NDAA is ‘inconsistent with the liberties & freedoms’ of America

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) joined the chorus of those slamming the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this weekend. Franken, who voted against the final version of NDAA, declared the provisions on detention in the bill “unacceptable” in a column at the website Reader Supported News. “These provisions…

Gingrich: 9 million immigrants will ‘go home’ voluntarily

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explained on Sunday that his policies would require up to 9 million undocumented immigrants to return to their home nations — and he predicted that they would do it voluntarily. “What I’ve proposed is very standard things,” the former House speaker told CBS host Bob…

Army officer recounts violent Manning incident

FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US Army officer who served in Iraq with Bradley Manning, blamed for one of the biggest intelligence breaches in US history, told a court Sunday that she had asked he be removed from duty after allegedly striking another soldier. Captain Casey Fulton said she also…

Bachmann: I don’t hate Muslims, ‘I love the American people’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Saturday denied that she “hates Muslims.” In an interview with NBC’s Jay Leno Friday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) claimed that Bachmann “doesn’t like Muslims.” “She hates Muslims,” Paul said. “She hates them. She wants to go get them.” Fox News host Mike Huckabee told…

Barney Frank schools George Will, Paul Ryan on marijuana legalization

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told columnist George Will and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday that Republican opposition to marijuana legalization was “a great embarrassment to the conservatives.” During a town hall-style debate on ABC, Frank demanded a response from Will about decriminalizing marijuana. “I mean, personal liberty, if someone…

Romney says U.S. withdrawal from Iraq ‘precipitous’

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said in an interview aired Sunday that US withdrawal from Iraq is “precipitous” and blamed President Barack Obama for failing to leave some US forces behind. “I think we’re going to find that this president, by not putting in place a status-of-forces agreement…

House Republicans oppose Senate payroll tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner threw into doubt the fate of a popular tax break for workers on Sunday, saying he and his fellow House Republicans oppose the two-month extension backed by the Senate and want something longer passed before the holiday break. Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet…

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