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Race, religion come to the fore in Republican race

WASHINGTON — Republican hopefuls insist the 2012 White House race will hinge on the economy, but it is the conservative hot-button issues of race and religion that currently dominate the campaign. Frontrunner Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, which was debated at length when he ran for president in 2008, was decried…

Paul Ryan: Obama ‘sowing class envy and social unrest’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) suggested Sunday that the Occupy Wall Street protests were the fault of President Barack Obama for “sowing class envy and social unrest.” Ryan told NBC’s David Gregory that the real source of the sluggish economy and lack of jobs was that businesses “needed…

Obama challenges Republicans on jobs plan

President Barack Obama in his weekly radio and TV address on Saturday challenged Republicans to explain their opposition to his American Jobs Act. “So any Senator out there who’s thinking about voting against this jobs bill needs to explain why they would oppose something that we know would improve our…

GOP Rep: ‘We can’t allow’ more coverage of Occupy Wall Street

Add another Republican to the growing list that loathe the Occupy Wall Street protests. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is upset at the growing movement and the media’s coverage of it, hoping that a modern day version of protests from five decades ago isn’t being recaptured now. “It’s really important for…

Cain calls Occupy Wall Street protesters ‘anti-American’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain claimed Sunday that the Occupy Wall Street protests going on in New York City and across the country were a conspiracy designed to help President Barack Obama. “The proof is quite simply the bankers and the people on Wall Street didn’t write these failed policies…

Editor admits to ‘infiltrating’ D.C. protest to undermine ‘Occupy’ movement

An assistant editor for the conservative magazine The American Spectator admitted in print Saturday to infiltrating an antiwar protest in Washington, D.C. in hopes of undermining the “Occupy” movement. Patrick Howley — “for journalistic purposes” — was one of the antiwar protesters who clashed with security staff at The Smithsonian’s…

Pelosi: Scott Brown’s ‘clueless’ comments on Warren ‘disrespectful to women’

One person not pleased with Sen. Scott Brown’s comments on Elizabeth Warren’s appearance is Nancy Pelosi. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s This Week, the House Minority Leader addressed several issues, from supporting President Barack Obama’s jobs bill to slamming Eric Cantor for his comments criticizing the Occupy…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ still confuses many after three weeks

NEW YORK — Anti-corporate activists who triggered a national protest movement by occupying a square near Wall Street could not be more focused, except on one little detail: what exactly it is that they want. After three weeks of permanent demonstration at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, protesters have astonished doubters…

Karl Rove and Rep. Erik Paulsen ‘glitter bombed’ at Minnesota conference

Republican strategist Karl Rove and Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) were both separately showered with glitter Friday at the Minnesota Faith and Freedom Coalition strategy session. The group supports an upcoming ballot measure to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. The conference…

Romney sidesteps pastor’s attack on Mormon faith

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney sidestepped a controversy over his Mormon faith at a summit of Christian conservatives Saturday a day after being attacked as “not a Christian.” Romney focused his speech to the Values Voter Summit mainly on President Barack Obama’s economic and foreign policy, making no mention of his…

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