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Politics or marketing, Trump builds a White House bid

WASHINGTON — He’s blunt. He’s brash. And he hopes Americans will put a reality TV star in the White House. Developer Donald Trump wants to add the White House to his brand. Billionaire Trump, famous to Americans for his vintage New York bluster, glamorous wives, business empire and TV show…

Fed sees firmer US recovery

WASHINGTON — The US economic recovery is now on a firmer footing, with consumers and businesses spending more despite still-high unemployment, according to Federal Reserve’s top policy panel. Minutes of the Fed’s January meeting, published Wednesday, pointed to the bank’s more optimistic view of the US recovery, despite persistent high…

Scott Brown reveals personal history of sexual abuse, domestic violence

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a tea party favorite who filled the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, made a shocking revelation to CBS News this week: that at age 10, he was repeatedly sexually molested by a summer camp counselor who threatened to murder him if he…

Mike Huckabee likens abortion to slavery

WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) compared abortion to slavery at an anti-abortion fundraiser, according to the University of Tennessee’s Daily Beacon. Huckabee, a top contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said abortion shouldn’t be a states rights issue, as that would be like making slavery a…

Maddow hypothesis: Boehner is ‘bad at his job’

Rachel Maddow steps up: “Nobody has said it so I feel like I have to…I think that John Boehner is really bad at his job.” This video is from MSNBC, uploaded on February 15, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Coulter: Liberals don’t care about blacks, women or gays

Ann Coulter appears on Fox News and says this about liberals: “Liberals have been using one special interest group after another for their attacks on the family . . . liberals don’t care about blacks, they don’t care about women, they don’t care about gays – they care about destroying…

Just 41% of Americans favor cuts to defense spending, poll finds

With all the talk about spending cuts, it may come as a shock that less Americans favor cuts now than in 1980. In fact, a recent Harris poll found that in only one category had cuts become more popular: defense spending. The survey measured Americans’ tolerance for spending cuts in…

Uncovered: Fox News deceptively used old CPAC footage to smear Ron Paul

Update: Fox News claims airing deceptive footage was just a ‘mistake’ Fox News’ Senior Vice President of News Michael Clemente told Mediate that the network simply made a “mistake” when it aired old footage of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) being booed. “We made a mistake with some of the video…

Obama budget would launch ‘massive job-creation engine’: report

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2012 would create millions of new jobs by boosting investments in infrastructure and transportation projects, according to an estimate. The proposal would set aside $336 billion for highways and infrastructure programs and $53 billion for a new high-speed rail system, aimed…

Feingold returns: ‘Progressives United’ PAC to fight corporate influence

Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) was defeated in 2010 amid a tea party wave that thumped Democrats’ majority in Congress, but did not topple it completely. As one of the Senate’s top progressive voices, many on the left saw the Wisconsin vote as a great loss to their cause. But…

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