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Republican Ron Paul to explore presidential run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Ron Paul, who ran for president in 2008, said on Monday he will form an exploratory committee to consider pursuing the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The Texas congressman confirmed to Fox News Channelthat he would formally announce his plans on Tuesday in Iowa. “We’re going to announce that I’m going to…

Activists protest against Florida proposal to criminalize illegal immigrants

MIAMI — Hundreds of activists on Monday kicked off a week of protests in several Florida cities calling for the rejection of measures in the state congress that would criminalize illegal immigrants. The Florida House of Representatives is set to consider a measure that would authorize police to ask for…

U.S. considered Pakistani spies part of ‘terrorist’ group, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US investigators who screened prisoners considered Pakistani intelligence to be a terrorist group, leaked documents said, laying bare the deep mistrust between the two countries’ spies. A secret 2007 US list of “terrorist and terrorist support entities” listed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) alongside some 70 other groups…

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…

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