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Controversial ‘Ten Commandments’ judge weighs White House run

DES MOINES (Reuters) – A former Alabama judge who gained attention for defying orders to take down a “Ten Commandments” monument from his courthouse said on Monday he was seriously considering running for president. Roy Moore, a Republican who was removed from Alabama’s Supreme Court by a judicial ethics panel, said he was…

Trump: I’ll release my tax returns when Obama releases birth certificate

Potential Republican presidential candidate and birther Donald Trump accused ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of being “co-opted” by President Barack Obama because the ABC host dared to say that the president’s certificate of live birth was a legal document. Trump also laid out the condition for releasing his tax returns. “Maybe I’m…

Debt warning rocks US economy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has cut the outlook on US sovereign debt to “negative”, raising doubts about Washington’s ability to tackle its huge debt and fiscal deficits. The move, the first time S&P has ever placed such a warning on the US’s gold-standard AAA rating, raised…

Republican apologizes for depicting Obama as a monkey

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Republican official in California has apologized for sending an email containing a picture depicting US President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. The family portrait-style image of three chimps had Obama’s head on the body of a baby chimp with the message “Now you know why…

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes ‘birther’ bill

Legislation that requires presidential candidates to prove they are natural born American citizens before their names can appear on the Arizona ballot was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor on Monday. “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most…

Donald Trump is ‘destroying the Republican Party’

The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart and the Huffington Post’s Alex Wagner claimed that Donald Trump was dividing the GOP Monday on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. “For someone to rise to the top of more than one poll based on a lie — based on a long disproven contention that…

Journalist Joe Klein to Ron Paul: Things are always more complicated than what you say

TIME magazine’s Joe Klein and Texas Rep. Ron Paul discussed dealing with the trillion dollar federal deficit on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. In typical fashion, the libertarian-leaning congressman advocated rolling back economic regulations and cutting government spending, while Klein retorted that the situation was more complicated than that. Watch…

Republicans hire former solicitor general to defend the Defense of Marriage Act

House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), have hired former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement to defend the ban on federal recognition of same sex marriage. In February, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, legislation passed by Congress in 1996 that…

Oklahoma passes law to restrict Westboro Baptist protests

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday that restricts members of the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at military funerals. The new law, introduced by Republican State Senator Josh Brecheen, prohibits protests two hours before or after a funeral. It also restricts protesters from being within 1,000…

Obama to launch campaign-style budget blitz

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama this week takes his 2012 reelection bid cross-country, to the airwaves and to Facebook, pushing a prescription for long-term US fiscal health that includes tax hikes on the richest Americans. Obama, whose audacious 2008 White House bid leaned heavily on social networking sites, will hype…

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