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Bachmann: ‘I would reinstate’ DADT

In one of the several highlights from Michelle Bachmann’s (R) appearances on the Sunday talk show circuit, the Minnesota Congresswoman’s vowed continued support for the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. On CNN’s “State of the Union”, host Candy Crowley asked Bachmann about whether she would bring back the controversial policy.…

Cain: 5th place in straw poll is ‘a great position’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is encouraged by his fifth place finish in Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll. “Rep. Bachmann, first I want to congratulate her for winning,” Cain told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday. “She also put substantial funds into this straw poll. It was reported by one of her staffers…

Ron Paul attacks abortion in Ames speech: ‘All life is precious’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul began his speech in Ames, Iowa on Saturday by railing against abortion. “There is something that precedes liberty, and that is life,” the Texas congressman said. “I believe in a very limited role for the government, but the prime reason that government exists in a…

Rapper incites Twitter flash mob on LA Police

Memo to any famous celebrity on Twitter with a large following: Don’t have your page tweet out the number to the local police station. That is what occurred Friday evening when the platinum selling rapper “The Game’s” Twitter account incited a telephone flash mob by posting the number of the…

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Tea party the only winner in Ames Straw Poll

Florida Rep. Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said the results of the closely-watched Ames Straw Poll in Iowa showed that the tea party movement had taken over the Republican Party. “The only winner tonight was the Tea Party,” she said Saturday in a statement. Congresswoman…

Bachmann on gays: ‘I don’t judge them’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Sunday that despite her past statements, she doesn’t “judge” gays and lesbians. In 2004, Bachmann told the National Education Leadership Conference that homosexuality was “part of Satan.” “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage,” she declared. “Personal bondage, personal despair…

Fifth death reported in Indiana stage collapse

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – A fifth person has died from the collapse of an outdoor concert stage in heavy wind just before a weekend show at the Indiana State Fair, which was shut down on Sunday, authorities said. More than 40 people were injured in the collapse on Saturday night, Indiana…

U.S. ambassador: China need not fret over dollar assets

BEIJING (Reuters) – China should rest easy that its investments in the dollar remain safe, the newly arrived U.S. ambassador in Beijing, Gary Locke, said on Sunday, adding that the world’s two biggest economies could find common ground despite economic and political strains. In his previous job as U.S. commerce…

Obama embarks on campaign-style Midwest bus tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hits the road on Monday for a Midwestern bus tour that he hopes will leave doubts over his leadership behind in Washington. But the three-day trip throughIowa, Minnesota and Illinois – three states seen as vital to his 2012 re-election campaign — could put him in front of voters who,…

Pawlenty drops out of the presidential race

WASHINGTON — Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced on Sunday he is dropping out of the Republican presidential contest, after a distant third place finish in a key test vote. Pawlenty made the announcement after finishing with 2,293 votes Saturday in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll — seen as a key…

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