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Sarah Palin won’t run for president in 2012

After months of speculation, ABC News’ Polson Kanneth has learned that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will not run for President of the United States in 2012. Palin made the announcement in a letter to supporters Wednesday night. “After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will…

Labor unions join ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest for huge march

NEW YORK — Thousands of anti-corporate demonstrators and union members poured through New York’s financial district Wednesday to protest inequality in the US economy. The ranks of the more than two weeks-long sit-in protest in New York swelled hugely ahead of the start of the march as US labor unions…

Republican star Rubio rules out vice president bid

WASHINGTON — Up-and-coming Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of running as a vice-presidential candidate in 2012, scotching widespread speculation he will appear on the ticket. Despite being near the top of any list of potential running mates for the eventual Republican nominee, 40-year-old Rubio said…

Court battle over U.S. drug war ‘top secret’ data

CHICAGO — The US government Wednesday denied it was hampering the case of an alleged senior member of the Sinaloa cartel by refusing to hand over top secret data on the American fight against drug-trafficking. Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, son of one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug kingpins, is on trial in…

U.S. expects record number of deportations in 2011

WASHINGTON — The United States this year will deport a record number of undocumented aliens who are convicted criminals, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday. Last year the US government deported a record 390,000 undocumented aliens, including 195,000 with a criminal background, and were even higher in the next…

GOP Rep. Walter Jones: Bring troops home instead of cutting school lunch programs

Republican Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina said Tuesday that all U.S. military forces should be pulled out of Afghanistan now that Osama bin Laden is dead. “Why this Congress continues to complain about budgets and cuts and deficits and debts — and our young men and women are walking…

With latest ruling, IRS threatens to crush the whole medical marijuana industry

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is on the verge of shutting down California’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, and with it potentially the entire semi-legal pot industry. The Harborside Health Center in Oakland — which was going to be the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show called “Weed Wars” —…

Rep. Kucinich: ‘Occupy Wall St.’ protest is making a difference

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released a video on Tuesday in which he praised the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests in lower Manhattan and other cities across the United States. “To the young men and women who are braving the overreaction of local authorities to raise their voices against the corruption…

Ron Paul calls Occupy Wall Street a ‘legitimate effort’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Wednesday that the Occupy Wall Street protests were a “legitimate effort,” but he wasn’t exactly sure what they are outraged about. “I can’t speak for the people out there because I don’t know who they are or exactly what they are demonstrating against,” Paul…

Tax on rich will pay for Obama jobs plan: Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. millionaires would be hit with a new 5 percent surtax to pay for President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs program under a new funding plan unveiled Wednesday by his fellow Democrats in the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he aims to hold votes within…

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