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Embattled Irish PM steps down as party leader

DUBLIN – Ireland’s embattled Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced Saturday he was stepping down as leader of his Fianna Fail party but would remain as the country’s premier ahead of the March 11 general election. In a surprise move after a week of political turmoil, Cowen said he wanted the…

Sarah Palin accuses critics of ‘blood libel’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prominent Republican Sarah Palin on Wednesday accused critics of “blood libel” by blaming her rhetoric for contributing to the shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords. “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with…

Howard Dean: Tea party the ‘last gasp of the 55-year-old generation’

Slams Obama’s staffers’ ‘contempt’ for liberals The tea party movement represents “the last gasp of a generation that has trouble with diversity,” Howard Dean told an audience Wednesday. The former governor of Vermont and head of the Democratic National Committee told a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that…

Obama will face no primary challenger, DNC chair predicts

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is unlikely to face a serious challenge in the 2012 White House race from within his party, the Democratic Party leader said Sunday. Obama, who became the first black president of the United States after defeating Republican rival John McCain in the November 2008…

US ambassador to China ‘hints at presidential bid’

WASHINGTON — Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to China, has hinted he is considering running for the Republican presidential nomination in comments made to Newsweek. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah and a rising Republican star, was picked by US President Barack Obama for the China posting in 2009 in…

Murkowski to be certified winner of Alaska Senate race after Miller’s lawsuit dismissed

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Republican Joe Miller and lifted a stay on certification of Alaska’s U.S. Senate election, clearing the way for Sen. Lisa Murkowski to officially be declared the winner. The rulings by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline mean Alaska state officials will certify…

Alaska Senate hopeful turns to court to stop Murkowski

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate hopeful Joe Miller has dropped his bid to stop write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski from being certified the winner of Alaska’s November 2 election but will challenge the results in federal court. Backed by the conservative Tea Party movement, Miller beat Murkowski in the Republican primary last…

UN confirms 173 killed in Ivory Coast this week

ABIDJAN – United Nations human rights officials said Thursday that at least 173 people have been killed in Ivory Coast in the past week, during the fragile West African state’s post-election crisis. The report to the UN Human Rights Council came as Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo came under mounting pressure…

Sen. Specter blasts Roberts, Alito for ‘eroding separation of powers’

Outgoing Senator Arlen Specter used his farewell speech on Tuesday to attack the Supreme Court’s two newest conservative members, suggesting they had “eroded” the separation of powers. “The Next Congress should try to stop the Supreme Court from further eroding the constitutional mandate of separation of powers,” the Republican-turned-Democrat said.…

Revealed: Chamber lobbied against 9/11 health bill to save foreign members on taxes

The US Chamber of Commerce lobbied to kill a bill that would have helped cover medical expenses and compensation for first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to documents available online. The Chamber’s aim was to keep open a tax loophole benefiting foreign corporations that the…

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