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Gingrich suggests Ryan Medicare plan is ‘right-wing social engineering’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he doesn’t support the GOP budget plan created by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that would turn Medicare into a voucher system. “Do you think Republicans ought to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare, turn it into…

Japan widens evacuations outside plant zone

TOKYO — Japan on Sunday started the first evacuations of homes outside a government exclusion zone after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled one of the country’s nuclear power plants. Some 4,000 residents of Iidate-mura village as well as 1,100 people in Kawamata-cho town, in the quake-hit northeast, began…

Santorum’s is latest name to crop up in Ensign scandal

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is only the latest in a string of prominent right-leaning public figures named in the scandal surrounding Senator John Ensign’s affair with the wife of a top aide. Senator Tom Coburn, Ensign’s parents, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and even a…

Ron Paul compares Social Security and Medicare to slavery

The legality of Social Security and Medicare must be reversed, just like slavery was abolished in 1865, according to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. “You talk a lot about the Constitution,” Fox News’ Chris Wallace noted Sunday. “You say Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are all unconstitutional.” “Technically they are,” Paul…

Tea party groups oppose Arizona ‘tea party’ license plates

A large group of tea party organizations have rejected a new Arizona license plate that is meant to commemorate the movement and help fund it. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) approved the new “tea party” license plates in April, along with 10 other special plates. The “tea party” license plate…

George Will: Newt Gingrich ‘not a serious candidate’

Conservative columnist George Will is not a fan of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). “Newt Gingrich’s problems are so far beyond just his multiple marriages and all that,” Will told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Sunday. “His ethanol love affair right now. On the 7th of March he said, ‘Let’s go…

New Jersey Gov. Christie: Let schools teach creationism

New Jersey Gov. Christie (R) dodged questions over the teaching of creationism in schools at a press conference Thursday morning, claiming that school districts should be able to decide for themselves. “Evolution is required teaching,” Christie said. “If there’s a certain school district that also wants to teach creationism, that’s…

Huckabee: Trump ‘would be better for America’ than Obama

Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that even Donald Trump would be a better president that Barack Obama. The Fox News host announced Saturday that he was not running for the Republican nomination in 2012, but he isn’t announcing support for another Republican just yet. “There may be a…

Obama administration divided over future ties with Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The administration of US President Barack Obama is divided over the future of its relationship with Pakistan following the killing of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, The Washington Post reported Sunday. US commandos killed bin Laden in an urban compound only 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the Pakistani…

USDA warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Fake drugs with names that resemble kids’ antibiotics are being sold in Texas pharmacies, mainly to Spanish speakers, and have caused several hospitalizations, according to US officials. The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers urging them not to use the “illegal products,” after…

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