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U.S., Mexican officials to discuss drug war escalation

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Senior US and Mexican officials will meet on Friday to discuss joint efforts to halt the increasingly brutal cross-border drug trade, according to Mexico’s foreign ministry. The Mexican delegation will be lead by Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, an official told AFP late Monday. RELATED: Pot-bashing Republican…

Some Gitmo prisoners held without any evidence, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has botched the handling of inmates at Guantanamo, holding men for years without reliable evidence while releasing others who posed a grave threat, according to leaked secret files. The trove of more than 700 classified documents released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks showed US…

Ron Paul to Colbert: Abolish the Fed to lower gas prices

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), recently dubbed the scion of the American Libertarian dynasty, appeared on The Colbert Report last night to flack his new book, Liberty Defined, but not his potential 2012 Presidential candidacy. (For that, he is apparently going to Iowa today.) Paul explained that the way to give…

Norquist slams Sen. Coburn over breaking no-tax hike pledge

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, said on MSNBC’s The Last Word that Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn broke a no-tax hike pledge. The Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell praised Coburn for suggesting he would be willing to break the pledge, but Norquist said the senator would face…

Republicans face backlash at town hall meetings

On MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthew Monday, MSNBC political analyst Howard Fineman and Mother Jones’ David Corn discuss House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan and the backlash Republicans have been facing at town hall meetings nationwide. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield defends ‘don’t say gay’ bill

Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield defended legislation that prohibits teachers from discussing homosexuality and even saying the word “gay” in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms during an interview with Alan Colmes on Monday. The bill has come to be known by its critics as the “don’t say gay” bill. Campfield claims…

Ron Paul to launch presidential exploratory committee

Republican Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will officially announce the launch of his presidential exploratory committee on Tuesday. David Weigel of Slate confirmed that the libertarian-leaning congressman will launch his third presidential bid in Des Moines, Iowa. The congressman appears to be prepping for the launch of his presidential exploratory committee…

Rep. Allen West: Planned Parenthood women ‘neutering American men’

Speaking to the conservative group Women Impacting the Nation, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL) suggested last week that progressive women have caused American men to become weak and submissive. “We need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for…

Texas bill would strip away transgender marriage rights

Republicans in Texas want to roll back the clock on marriage rights for transgender people. SB 723, sponsored by state Sen. Tommy Williams (R), would bar district clerks from accepting a court order recognizing a sex change as legal documentation for a marriage license. In effect, the bill would force…

White House rebukes Graham over Obama comments

WASHINGTON — The White House scolded evangelical preacher Franklin Graham for making “preposterous charges” on Easter Sunday, after he cited conspiracy theories over President Barack Obama’s birthplace. Graham, son of famed pastor Billy Graham, an advisor to presidents for decades, described Obama as a “very nice man” but appeared to…

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