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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…

PayPal founder’s next project: Libertarian island nations

Peter Theil, the billionaire investor who co-founded Internet payments processor PayPal and made a key initial investment in Facebook, has a whole new idea occupying his time lately: according to a profile published in Details magazine Tuesday, he wants to build a series of island nations governed by a strict…

Decades later, Elvis still king at Nixon Presidential Library

Rock and roll icon Elvis Presley may have died 34 years ago today at age 42, but his legacy lives on to this day — at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. The King didn’t just make waves in music and pop culture, he also had…

Attorney seeks federal investigation into beating death of Kelly Thomas

The lawyer for the family of a homeless man who was allegedly beaten to death by six officers in Fullerton, California is seeking a federal investigation into the matter. Kelly Thomas, 37, died five days after the July 5 beating. In video of the incident uploaded to YouTube last month,…

ACLU files suit against Kansas anti-abortion law

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to eliminate a recent Kansas law that prevents insurance companies from covering abortion services in regular plans. The suit, ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger, is the first challenge to the anti-abortion laws that 13 states…

Perry under fire over veiled Bernanke threat

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry faced disbelieving and angry reactions Tuesday to remarks seen as threats of implied violence against Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke. At a campaign stop in the heartland state of Iowa on Monday, Perry said he would consider any attempt…

Prosser choking tussle gets special prosecutor

A special prosecutor has been assigned to further investigate a June incident in which Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow judge Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in a choke hold while the two argued in chambers. Patricia Barrett, the Republican Sauk County District Attorney, will be…

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