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Iowa no easy harvest for Obama in 2012

PEOSTA, Iowa — Once, Iowa highlighted Barack Obama’s soaring potential, but now the fabled swing state is a lens for his liabilities and challenges as he begins to ask voters for a second term in the White House. Obama and the first-in-the-nation nominating state that set a rookie senator on…

Wisconsin Democrats defend Senate seats in final recall election

Wisconsin Democratic state Senators Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch defended their seats from Republican challengers on Tuesday in the final set of recall elections. Unofficial results show Holperin and Wirch easily defeated Republican candidates Kim Simac and Jonathan Steitz. “I am proud to continue to represent the people of the…

Obama frets over ‘lone wolf’ attack as Sept 11 looms

PEOSTA, Iowa — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday played down prospects for a spectacular Al-Qaeda attack 10 years after the September 11th strikes, saying he worried more now about solitary extremists. “The most likely scenario that we have to guard against right now ends up being more of a…

Colbert Super PAC treasurer joins Rick Perry’s presidential campaign

Salvatore Purpura, the treasurer of Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC — called Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — has resigned from his position to join Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential committee, according to Politico. “We’re not surprised,” Colbert said in an email to Politico. “Sal is the best in the…

Fundamentalist Christians ‘spanked’ daughter to death

CNN’s Gary Tuchman reported Monday on a fundamentalist Christian couple who killed their 7-year-old adopted daughter while practicing a violent form of discipline. They reportedly beat their nine children regularly because they thought God wanted them to. Both parents were jailed after pleading guilty to the crime and the surviving…

Ex-U.S. soldier loses appeal over rape and killing of Iraqis

CHICAGO — A former US soldier serving a life sentence for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the slaughter of her family lost his appeal Tuesday, court records showed. Steven Green, named as the ringleader in the March 2006 atrocity, was tried in civilian court after…

Ron Paul’s new ad: ‘The one who can beat Obama’

Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s latest television advertisement lumps his Republicans rivals together with Democrats and claims he is the only GOP presidential candidate that can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012. The 1-minuted ad, called “The One,” will air in Iowa and New Hampshire. A campaign spokesman said the ad…

Panetta: U.S. has ‘no choice’ but to keep Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON — The United States has no choice but to keep up its alliance with Pakistan despite concerns over Islamabad’s ties to Islamist militants, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. Panetta, speaking to an audience of military officers at the National Defense University, said relations with Pakistan were difficult…

Clinton opposes budget cuts

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday against budget cuts that could force an abrupt pullout of the US security presence in the Pacific at a time when China’s power is rising. The debate over reducing the US debt “does cast a pall over our ability to…

Obama blames tea party for holding back economic recovery

PEOSTA, Iowa — President Barack Obama accused Republican Tea Party activists of holding back the economic recovery Tuesday, hiking pressure on Congress to pass his yet-to-be unveiled jobs plan. On the second day of a three-day bus tour of Midwestern states, Obama expanded on his theme that political brinksmanship in…

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