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Republican presidential candidates head to Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Extreme partisan rhetoric and market havoc have raised the stakes of two early tests in Iowa this week for the unsettled crop of Republican candidates vying to challenge US President Barack Obama. Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is hoping to chip away at the lead of frontrunner Mitt…

Muslim soldier indicted in Texas bomb plot

CHICAGO — A US soldier of Palestinian descent was indicted on weapons charges related to a plot to build a bomb and attack the area surrounding a sprawling Texas military base, officials said Tuesday. Army Private Naser Abdo, 21, had gathered everything he needed to build a bomb and carry…

Reid names Sens. Murray, Baucus and Kerry to new debt committee

WASHINGTON — Democratic US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he was naming Democratic Senators Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry to a new congressional “supercommittee” on US debt woes. “As the events of the past week have made clear, the world is watching the work of this…

Rare anthrax case diagnosed in Minnesota

CHICAGO — Minnesota health officials said Tuesday they are investigating a rare case of anthrax inhalation linked to exposure to the dreaded bacteria in the natural environment. The FBI briefly investigated the case because anthrax has been used in terror attacks. But the bureau determined there was “no evidence suggesting…

Poll: Most Americans think their member of Congress doesn’t deserve re-election

Americans are more upset with their government than ever after lawmakers and the president reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period. The majority of Americans don’t believe their own member of Congress deserves to…

Dylan Ratigan rages against ‘bought’ Congress on MSNBC

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan angrily ranted Tuesday on MSNBC against economic proposals by both Democrats and Republicans, which he described as “reckless, irresponsible and stupid.” He said he was tired of Republicans and Democrats, because Republicans “want to burn the place to the ground” and Democrats only care about their…

Upper-class people less empathetic than lower-class people: study

People from different economic classes have fundamentally different ways of thinking about the world, according to research recently published in Current Directions in Psychological Science. The authors of the study said the findings have important, but overlooked, implications for public policy. “Americans, although this is shifting a bit, kind of…

Romney blasts ‘disgraceful’ Obama reelection plan

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney’s campaign blasted President Barack Obama’s “disgraceful” reelection tactics Tuesday, citing a report that the incumbent planned brutal, personal attacks. Obama, whose upbeat “hope and change” slogan powered his historic 2008 victory, will portray Romney as “inauthentic, unprincipled” and “weird,” according to the…

Senators urge sanctions on Iran finances

WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of the US Senate urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to impose “crippling sanctions” on Iran’s financial system in a bid to hinder its suspect nuclear program. “The time has come to impose crippling sanctions on Iran’s financial system by cutting off the CBI,” the…

Stocks rally at day’s end, erasing most of Monday’s major losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks rallied on Tuesday in a volatile session as investors struggled to decipher the Federal Reserve’s signals on the economy after a dizzying two-week slide. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 429.69 points, or 3.97 percent, at 11,239.54, based on the latest figures. The Standard…

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