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Cornel West: Herman Cain ‘needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe’

Princeton University professor Cornel West thinks Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is wrong to suggest that racism no longer matters in this country. Cain had told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that some simply used racism as an excuse when they failed to achieve their goals. “I have seen blacks in…

DNC highlights Romney’s flip-flops in new website

With Mitt Romney returning to frontrunner’s status in the GOP nomination race for president, the Democratic National Committee (DNC)  is making sure they’re ready if the former Massachusetts governor becomes President Barack Obama’s opponent in 2012. The DNC launched “Whichmitt.com“ Monday morning, highlighting Romney’s various flip-flops.  The website presents a series of issues…

After Ron Paul win, Values Voters organizer calls own poll ‘irrelevant’

According to the principal organizer of the Values Voters Summit, the group’s own straw poll should not be taken seriously. Following a victory by Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told CNN on Monday morning that the win was merely an “outlier,” suggesting…

Obama-appointed CEO: Protesters should ‘root for me’

In an interview that aired Sunday, General Electric Chairman and Obama job czar Jeffrey Immelt told CBS’ Leslie Stahl that the notion that Americans were against big companies was “just wrong.” “I want you to root for me,” Immelt said. “Everybody in Japan roots for Toshiba. Everybody in China roots…

China warns U.S. arms sale to Taiwan to hurt ties

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reiterated Monday that the United States’ arms sales to Taiwan seriously undermines its core interests and would harm ties between Washington and Beijing. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai made the comments to reporters during a briefing, weeks after the United States said it would sell $5.85 billion in military hardware to the island China calls…

China: U.S. vote on currency bill would result in trade war

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reiterated on Monday that an expected vote this week in the U.S. Senate on a bill intended to pressure Beijing to allow its currency to rise, if made into law, would result in a trade war and hurt U.S.-China ties. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai made the comments to reporters…

U.S. economists Sargent, Sims win 2011 Nobel

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – U.S. economists Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the 2011 economics Nobel prize on Monday for work on the relationship between policy measures and how they can affect the economy. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which made the award, said the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.5 million) prize recognized their “empirical research…

U.S. incomes ‘fell more after than during recession’

US household incomes fell more in the two years following the end of the recession than during the downturn itself, according to a New York Times report published on its website. A study by two former Census Bureau officials said inflation-adjusted income fell 6.7 percent, to $49,909, between June 2009…

U.S. government tracked email of Wikileaks volunteer: report

US authorities have obtained a secret court order to force search giant Google and a small Internet provider to hand over information from email accounts of a volunteer for whistleblower website WikiLeaks, a report said. The Wall Street Journal, citing documents it had reviewed, said the Internet service provider Sonic…

Michele Bachmann: ‘I want to be your sweetheart’

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann, beset by falling poll numbers, staff departures and reports of fundraising troubles, on Sunday vowed to continue her campaign through the New Hampshire primary, which is likely to be in early January. Stumping in the early primary state for the…

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