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Mike Huckabee not running in 2012, ‘My heart says no’

In an announcement on his Fox News show tonight, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has said that he will not be running for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential race. Huckabee teased out the publicity around his decision for as long as he could, tiptoeing around the question in…

Gingrich calls Obama a ‘food stamp president’

In a fiery speech to supporters in Macon, Georgia, Newt Gingrich promised to “win the future”, lower taxes, and restore America to greatness. He also took a swipe at President Obama, calling him a “food stamp president”, blaming the current administration for the persistent financial woes that have dogged the…

Is the auto bailout Obama’s 2012 ‘secret weapon’?

There is speculation in political circles that the White House is preparing a PR offensive to raise the profile of one of its less widely-known successes, the bailout of the automotive industry. According to Politico, President Obama is joining forces with the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the United Autoworkers…

Conservative group Judicial Watch sues for release of Osama bin Laden death photos

The conservative interest group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Defense (DOD) seeking photographs and video recordings from the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “The American people have a right to know, by law, basic information about the…

Six charged in U.S. with conspiracy to aid Pakistani Taliban

WASHINGTON — US officials arrested three Pakistani Americans including two imams Saturday, charging them and three others with providing or seeking to provide “material support” to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said. The defendants, five men and one woman, “are charged with conspiring to provide, and providing, material support…

Rep. Joe Barton upset by the ‘pejorative’ phrase ‘Big Oil’

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) complained that the political news website Politico used the phrase ‘Big Oil’ in a headline. “We’ve got this mentality on the liberal side of our political debate, big oil, big insurance, big this, big that,” he said on C-SPAN. “It’s a little upsetting that we try…

Mike Huckabee: Throwing trash at protester is free speech

Fox News host Mike Huckabee defended a mob that chased a protester at Louisiana State University off campus on Wednesday by claiming that throwing garbage at him was protected speech under the First Amendment. Graduate communications student Benjamin Haas had planned to read a statement in support of another student…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin could become first openly gay Senate member

Openly gay Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). If she won the election, Baldwin would become the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to…

Obama vows to expand oil production

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, under pressure over high gasoline prices, Saturday committed to annual oil and gas lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve and to speeding up production in other areas. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the US leader admitted that one of the biggest burdens…

California to close up to 70 state parks in budget crunch

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California will close up to 70 of its 278 parks to help narrow its budget gap, officials said on Friday just a few days before Governor Jerry Brown unveils a revised plan to close a roughly $15 billion deficit. The closures will save the government of…

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