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Pro-pot, anti-war Republican Gary Johnson running for president

Former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for president in 2012, adding a fresh libertarian perspective to a field of candidates touting their social conservative credentials. The ex-governor is perhaps best known in recent years as an outspoken opponent of the drug war who believes marijuana…

Olympian Carl Lewis clears first political hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Former Olympic track star Carl Lewis won the first leg in his race to become a New Jersey state senator on Wednesday when a judge ruled in his favor on a Republican challenge to his candidacy. State Administrative Judge John Schuster III recommended throwing out the challenge…

Political rift was tipping point in S&P warning

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the past 928 days, Standard & Poor’s has tracked the relentless deterioration of government finances. On Monday, it made a move that could turn out to be one of its boldest calls yet. That’s when S&P announced that it was revising the credit outlook for…

Gingrich attacks Obama on energy policies

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, mulling a run for the White House, on Wednesday derided President Barack Obama over energy policy and high gasoline prices. <br/> Rising gas prices threaten to derail the fragile U.S. economic recovery and are becoming a potent…

Homemade bomb found at mall near Columbine high

DENVER (Reuters) – A busy shopping mall near Columbine High School was evacuated on Wednesday after authorities responding to a small fire at the retail complex found two propane tanks and a pipe bomb, officials said. Twelve years to the day after two Columbine High School students shot dead a…

Obama cranks up re-election machine

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – President Barack Obama has begun rallying supporters for his 2012 presidential campaign, recognizing that some of the soaring promise of 2008 has been grounded by tough political realities. At two campaign events late Wednesday in California, the first a gathering of wealthy donors at a private…

BP sues Gulf rig firm, shifting blame for oil spill

LONDON (AFP) – BP is taking legal action to shift the blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster which devastated the environment and the group’s image a year ago, suing rig operator Transocean for damages of $40 billion (24 billion pounds). The disaster threatened to ruin BP as a…

Chris Matthews: GOP has become ‘crazy we don’t like Obama’ party

On his show Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggested that real estate mogul Donald Trump has helped turn the Republican Party into “a kind of a crazy, tribalist, let’s get those people, we don’t like Obama, we’ll throw what we can at him” group, adding that conservatives are “so angry they…

Arizona Democratic Party chairman slams Republicans

The chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party blasted Republican lawmakers led by Senate President Russell Pearce on Wednesday as the state’s Legislature ended its 2011 regular session. “Mainstream and middle-class Arizonans can breathe a little easier now that the state Legislature is out of session,” Andrei Cherny said. “But it’s…

Pain medications kill more than heroin and cocaine combined

Kristina Wandzilak, the Executive Director and founder of Full Circle Intervention, said on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Wednesday that Americans cannot tolerant being physically or emotionally uncomfortable, which has led to the abuse of addictive prescription drugs. More than five million Americans abuse pain killers. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world…

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