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Wasserman Schultz calls out RNC chairman for sex scandal ‘double standard’

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus of hypocrisy Sunday after he called for the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), while remaining silent on the sex scandals of Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV). “What Reince is saying doesn’t…

Jon Huntsman close to announcing presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Ex-US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said on Sunday he is close to throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, distancing himself from former boss Barack Obama. “We’re about a week and a half out,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, adding “we’re…

Mitt Romney under attack for ‘Obamneycare’

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney came under attack Sunday from rival Tim Pawlenty as the inspiration for US President Barack Obama’s “Obamneycare” health care program. Romney has rejected the national program passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, arguing it was fundamentally different from the state program he created as governor…

Santorum: All abortion doctors should be ‘criminally charged’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday that all abortions should be illegal without exceptions for rape or incest. “Do you believe there should be legal exceptions for rape and incest when it comes to abortion?” NBC’s David Gregory asked Santorum. “I believe that life begins at conception and that…

Fox News host questions realism of Pawlenty’s economic plan

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty struggled to come up with an answer Sunday after a Fox News host pointed out that the five percent growth required by his economic plan has only historically come after tax increases. In a speech at the University of Chicago Tuesday, Pawlenty revealed an economic…

Utah Attorney General Shurtleff approves of medical marijuana after battling cancer

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment. “Until you’ve experienced chemo, you can’t describe exactly how it feels,” he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright Show. “It’s kind of like having the flu because you…

Ohio police who slammed businessman’s head into concrete face lawsuit

A lawsuit filed May 26 in U.S. District Court alleges that police from the Ohio’s Put-in-Bay township used excessive force when arresting a man on a noise complaint on July 18 of last year. Attorneys for Bradley Ohlemacher are suing the Village of Put-in-Bay, Put-in-Bay Township, three Put-in-Bay police officers…

New York plans to drive street musicians out of Central Park

NEW YORK — Few instruments can be gentler than the harp, but authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded street musicians like harpist Meta Epstein a public disturbance and want them driven out. A new campaign to enforce eight “quiet zones,” including in some of the city’s most hallowed…

Gabrielle Giffords smiles in newly released photos

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) looked great in the first photos seen of her since she was critically injured by a gunshot to the head. The photos were released to her Facebook page Sunday. The photos were taken May 17, a day after Giffords witnessed the launch of the Space Shuttle…

Mexican peace activist: ‘US must admit their responsibility for violence in Mexico’

EL PASO, Texas (AFP) – A week-long Mexican peace caravan crossed the border into El Paso, Texas on Saturday as protest leader and poet Javier Sicilia called on the US to do more in the fight against drug-related violence in Mexico. “The United States must admit their responsibility in the…

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