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Gingrich attacks Obama on energy policies

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, mulling a run for the White House, on Wednesday derided President Barack Obama over energy policy and high gasoline prices. <br/> Rising gas prices threaten to derail the fragile U.S. economic recovery and are becoming a potent…

Homemade bomb found at mall near Columbine high

DENVER (Reuters) – A busy shopping mall near Columbine High School was evacuated on Wednesday after authorities responding to a small fire at the retail complex found two propane tanks and a pipe bomb, officials said. Twelve years to the day after two Columbine High School students shot dead a…

Obama cranks up re-election machine

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – President Barack Obama has begun rallying supporters for his 2012 presidential campaign, recognizing that some of the soaring promise of 2008 has been grounded by tough political realities. At two campaign events late Wednesday in California, the first a gathering of wealthy donors at a private…

BP sues Gulf rig firm, shifting blame for oil spill

LONDON (AFP) – BP is taking legal action to shift the blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster which devastated the environment and the group’s image a year ago, suing rig operator Transocean for damages of $40 billion (24 billion pounds). The disaster threatened to ruin BP as a…

Chris Matthews: GOP has become ‘crazy we don’t like Obama’ party

On his show Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggested that real estate mogul Donald Trump has helped turn the Republican Party into “a kind of a crazy, tribalist, let’s get those people, we don’t like Obama, we’ll throw what we can at him” group, adding that conservatives are “so angry they…

Arizona Democratic Party chairman slams Republicans

The chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party blasted Republican lawmakers led by Senate President Russell Pearce on Wednesday as the state’s Legislature ended its 2011 regular session. “Mainstream and middle-class Arizonans can breathe a little easier now that the state Legislature is out of session,” Andrei Cherny said. “But it’s…

Pain medications kill more than heroin and cocaine combined

Kristina Wandzilak, the Executive Director and founder of Full Circle Intervention, said on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Wednesday that Americans cannot tolerant being physically or emotionally uncomfortable, which has led to the abuse of addictive prescription drugs. More than five million Americans abuse pain killers. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world…

ACLU defends New York students suspended for protesting budget cuts

The New York American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has criticized the Central Islip School District’s decision to suspend students who participated in a peaceful protest against proposed budget cuts. In a letter to Superintendent Craig Carr on Tuesday, the NYCLU said the suspensions sent the message that free speech is…

In Afghanistan, House Speaker John Boehner assails pullout plan

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a visit to Afghanistan Wednesday and assailed President Barack Obama’s plan to begin pulling US troops out in July a risk to fragile security gains. “Any drawdown of US troops must be based on the conditions on the ground, not on…

Kloppenburg asks for recount in Wisconsin court race

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s election oversight agency said on Wednesday that the challenger in the close race for a seat on the state Supreme Court has asked for a recount. The April 5 high court contest was widely seen as a referendum on the state’s new Republican leadership and…

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