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Next U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta backs significant Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON — Leon Panetta, the nominee to be the next US defense secretary, said Thursday that he backed a significant troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in July, in an apparent break with outgoing Pentagon chief Robert Gates. “I agree with the president’s statement,” Panetta told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl…

Senators Hatch, Lieberman oppose Israel return to 1967 lines

WASHINGTON — US senators proposed a resolution Thursday opposing any Israeli withdrawal to 1967 lines, dealing a symbolic blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to renew peace talks. “It is contrary to United States policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that…

Embattled Wisconsin Republicans court Rep. Paul Ryan’s support in recall fight

Wisconsin Republican state senators are seeking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the proposed Republican budget plan, to join their fundraising efforts as they face recall elections. Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is one of the featured attendees of a fundraiser this Friday for recently recalled Republican state…

Gingrich staying in the race as wave of key 2012 staffers resign

WASHINGTON – Republican 2012 presidential candidate New Gingrich faced a momentous setback Thursday as a wave of his top staffers resigned together. The Associated Press reported that “Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman, said he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists had resigned, along with aides in the early primary and…

Senators call for crackdown on ‘Bitcoin’ as drug traffickers move in

The Internet barter system known as “Bitcoin,” which makes it difficult for law enforcement to monitor online transactions, has raised the ire of two U.S. Senators who learned recently about a new website that lets Bitcoin users buy and sell illegal drugs. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder…

Foreclosures rise as Obama’s mortgage modification program falters

WASHINGTON – Two years after the start of President Barack Obama’s program to help struggling homeowners stay in their homes, millions of Americans remain far behind on their mortgage payments and are scrambling for other options. The Home Affordable Modification Program (or HAMP) seems to have had little success. CNN…

LGBT activist Mike Rogers: Republicans are sex scandal hypocrites

Mike Rogers, an LGBT activist and Raw Story’s managing director, appeared on MSNBC last night to speak with liberal opinion host Ed Schultz about the double standard Republicans seem to have when it comes to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sex scandal and the scandals of their own members. “They’re really using…

Ellsberg: All the crimes Nixon committed against me are now legal

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg said Tuesday that disgraced former Republican President Richard M. Nixon would “admire [President Barack] Obama’s boldness” in trying to stifle whistleblowers. “Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably…

Herman Cain: Homosexuality is a sin and a choice

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told CBS’ Brian Montopoli Wednesday that he believes gays and lesbians have a choice about their sexual preference. “I believe homosexuality is a sin because I’m a Bible-believing Christian, I believe it’s a sin,” Cain said. “But I know that some people make that choice.…

Bay area cop who killed Oscar Grant to be released Monday

Johannes Mehserle, the former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Eve 2009, is due to be released from prison on Monday … And his victim’s family isn’t happy about it. Video of the…

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