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Pawlenty attacks Bachmann’s ‘nonexistent’ congressional accomplishments

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty broke Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” Sunday by attacking another Republican. Pawlenty told NBC’s David Gregory that fellow Minnesotan and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has had a “nonexistent” record of accomplishments during her time in Congress. “She’s beating you in the polls, she’s got more…

Sen. DeMint: Geithner ‘playing Chicken Little’ on the debt ceiling

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Sunday that there was no risk of “major economic consequences” if the debt limit was not raised by Aug. 2. “I think the president has been gaming Republicans,” DeMint told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “He has been talking about this for six…

DEA refuses to reclassify marijuana, claims it has no medicinal value

The Drug Enforcement Administration has ruled marijuana should remain classified as a dangerous drug like heroin because studies have not confirmed its medicinal value, but the agency may itself be to blame for the lack of evidence. The DEA denied a 9-year-old petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule marijuana in…

McConnell: Stopping Obama’s re-election still ‘single most important’ goal

Even with the country on the brink of default, the Senate’s highest ranking Republican says his “single most important” goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term president. “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

Rick Santorum signs pledge to ban same sex marriage and pornography

Rick Santorum has become the second Republican presidential candidate to sign a “pro-marriage” pledge vowing to fight against same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography. “When I first read it, I was taken aback by it. I can’t argue that I wasn’t,” he told CNN on Sunday. Rep. Michele Bachmann…

Defense chief Panetta takes first trip to Afghanistan

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — US defense chief Leon Panetta visited troops in southern Afghanistan Sunday as part of his first trip to the country since taking up his post and ahead of a withdrawal of some US forces. The former CIA director, who took office on July 1 to replace…

Gaddafi forces counterattack southwest of Tripoli

GUALISH, Libya — Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi launched a counterattack on Sunday against rebel advance positions 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Tripoli, an AFP correspondent reported. Loyalist forces fired half a dozen Grad rockets into the hamlet of Gualish. The rebels replied with anti-tank fire as…

Michigan murder trial reveals sex torture chamber at house

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Michigan murder trial over the killing of a man who was castrated has revealed an apparent torture chamber in the basement of a suburban Detroit house where men were castrated for sexual purposes. Robert Martin Nowak, 51, is charged with murder and criminal sexual conduct in…

Boehner backing down off $4 trillion figure for debt reduction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An effort to craft a broad deal of up to $4 trillion in deficit-reduction appeared out of reach on Saturday as Republican leader John Boehner cited differences with the White House on taxes and proposed pursuing a more modest package. “Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground,…

Iraq veteran amputee dies after fall from roller coaster

A veteran who lost both legs in Iraq died at an amusement park in upstate New York after he fell from a 208-foot roller coaster, local press reported on Saturday. James Hackemer, 29, died Friday night at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort near Buffalo, New York after falling from…

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