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Republicans pound Obama in first big debate

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republican presidential candidates led by frontrunner Mitt Romney used their first big televised debate to lash out at President Barack Obama — but not each other. The debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, late Monday did little to define differences between the seven candidates in the…

Herman Cain: Only the Muslims not ‘trying to kill us’ should be in government

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain clarified his stance on appointing Muslims to government positions during CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate on Monday. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza had previously told ThinkProgress that he would not be comfortable appointing a Muslim to his White House cabinet or as a federal…

Pawlenty backs down on ‘ObamneyCare’

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty refused to attack Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform during CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate on Monday. Pawlenty made headlines over the weekend by claiming there was no difference between President Barack Obama’s health care reform, which is hugely unpopular among conservatives, and Romney’s health…

Guantanamo detainees were tortured to death, say families

WASHINGTON — The families of two detainees who died in Guantanamo Bay in 2006 on Monday challenged the government’s assertion that the prisoners committed suicide, saying they were tortured to death. Relatives of Saudi national Yasser al-Zahrani and Yemeni Salah al-Salami demanded the federal appeals court reconsider their cases in…

Federal judge says gay Proposition 8 judge was not required to recuse himself

U.S. District Chief Judge James Ware said during a court hearing Monday that there was no evidence that retired Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have recused himself from the Proposition 8 trial. The Los Angeles Times reported that sponsors of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same sex marriage, argued…

LulzSec hackers break into U.S. Senate website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Sergeant at Arms Office confirmed on Monday that the Senate’s website had been hacked this past weekend and that it has ordered a review of all Senate computer sites. “Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate’s network, its members…

Obama: If I were Anthony Weiner, I would resign

President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday that if he was in the wake of a scandal like Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York is now, he would resign. “Well, obviously what he did was highly inappropriate,” he told NBC News. “I think he’s embarrassed himself, he’s acknowledged…

Over 100 Omaha-area pastors call for end to anti-LGBT religious discrimination

More than 100 Omaha Christian ministers fed up with the stereotype that Christians are anti-LGBT have signed a proclamation calling for an end to religious and civil discrimination based on sexual orientation. The proclamation was started by Rev. Eric Elnes, minister at the 1,500 members strong Countryside Community Church. Leaders…

Supreme Court denies U.S. citizenship to American’s son

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that a man who was born in Mexico of a Mexican mother and an American father is not entitled to US citizenship, even though the law discriminates on the basis of gender. Without comment, the top US court upheld a 2008 decision…

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bomber crashes near Chicago

CHICAGO — A World War II era “Flying Fortress” bomber crashed into a field near Chicago and burst into flames Monday, but officials said all seven passengers on board escaped injury. Flames and thick black smoke billowed out of the wreckage of the historic plane which was ripped in half…

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