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Obama heckled at fundraiser by Bradley Manning supporters

WASHINGTON – Ten supporters of accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning paid at least $5,000 to attend a fundraiser with President Barack Obama Thursday and interrupted his speech with a song protesting soldier’s treatment. Obama was speaking at a San Francisco hotel to a room of about 200 donors — some…

Dems defend claim that GOP voted to ‘end Medicare’

WASHINGTON – Democrats on Thursday defended their assertion that Republicans “voted to end Medicare,” after a respected fact-checking organization rated it among the most deceitful political lies. The claim came in an ad attacking House Republicans for voting last Friday to pass a budget plan that erodes Medicare over time.…

San Quentin inmates save drowning boaters

Inmates at San Quentin rushed early Wednesday morning to save two boaters who had fallen overboard in the frigid San Francisco Bay waters. One man and one woman fell into the water while trying to restart their boat, according to KTVU. The man later died but the woman was treated…

Oklahoma 4th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making it the fourth state to ban such late term abortions. She also signed a law preventing health insurers from covering elective abortions. Fallin, a Republican serving her…

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…

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