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Rand Paul worries GOP isn’t ‘brave enough’ to balance budget

Senator decries US aid to Israel as ‘welfare’ WASHINGTON – Tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in an interview published Friday that the GOP’s proposed budget cuts were inadequate and fretted that his party may not have the courage to make a dent in the deficit. “It’s really…

Mubarak: ‘If I leave today there will be chaos’

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday that he wants to step down but just can’t. “If I leave today there will be chaos,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Mubarak also rejected the notion that his supporters were responsible for the violence seen over the past 48 hours. He placed the…

McCain: ‘Thank God’ Rumsfeld was fired

There’s no love lost between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and President George W. Bush’s former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The senator from Arizona gave a terse response Thursday to claims made in Rumsfeld’s new book “Known and Unknown.” In the book, Rumsfeld had claimed McCain had a “hair-trigger temper”…

US company provides tear gas to Egyptian police

The tear gas being used by police to disperse protesters in Cairo, Egypt was made in America, according to a television news report. The labels on canisters say that the tear gas was produced by Combined Systems International (CSI) of Jamestown, Pa., Egyptian protesters with photographic proof told ABC News…

GOP senator says lowering violent rhetoric means ‘the shooter wins’

Following the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hospital, there have been calls for politicians and pundits to back off violent rhetoric. But tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) isn’t about to let the tragedy change his tone. Prior…

‘Be more careful’ with your words, Gingrich warns Palin

Newt Gingrich wants fellow Fox News employee Sarah Palin to think before she speaks. A Washington Post/ABC News poll (.pdf) showed that Palin’s approval had plummeted following her use of the term “blood libel” in the wake of shootings in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords…

AZ Sheriff: Vitriolic remarks ‘may have some responsibility’ in shooting

An Arizona sheriff responsible for investigating the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others isn’t backing down from assigning some responsibility to vitriolic remarks by public figures. Appearing on ABC News Monday, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik stood by earlier remarks that “vitriolic statements” made on radio and…

George Will: Sarah Palin ‘cannot be elected president’

Conservative columnist George Will doesn’t have much faith in Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor “cannot be elected president,” he declared Sunday. ABC’s This Week invited a round table of pundits to start the year by speculating which Republicans had a chance at being elected president. “Who do you like?”…

Marriage equality ‘an inevitability’ in America, Biden declares

Vice President Joe Biden suggested Friday that it’s just a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal in all US states. “I think the country is evolving,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think there’s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.” Same-sex marriage is one issue…

Little hope for Palin 2012 candidacy, poll finds

Six in 10 Americans say they’d never vote for former Alaska governor The nation’s most popular Republican, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has very little chance of defeating President Obama in 2012 according to a recently released ABC News/Washington Post poll. The one-time McCain running mate trailed the president substantially…

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