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Calif. gov. candidates pressed to pull negative ads: Brown agrees, Whitman refuses

It’s been a crazy campaign season, not just in California but across the nation, and negative advertising seems to be the reigning theme for most candidates. Confronted with a pitch to “give Californians a break” by pulling negative television ads, Calif. Attorney General Jerry Brown was “all for it.” His…

Karzai establishing Afghan ‘peace council’ to begin talks with Taliban

An Afghan peace council to pursue talks with the Taliban has been set up, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual move toward reconciliation with the Islamist insurgents. The idea for a peace council was discussed at a traditional gathering, or jirga, attended by about…

Obama: If GOP retakes Congress, they will seek to destroy Social Security

President Barack Obama used the anniversary of Social Security to trumpet Democrats’ support for the popular program and accuse Republicans of trying to destroy it. Seventy-five years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday: “We have an…

Google denies selling out on ‘net neutrality’

Google tried to derail talk that it has “sold out” on the idea of insuring all data is treated equally when it comes to routing traffic on the Internet. A legal framework for “net neutrality” proposed this week by Google and US telecom titan Verizon has given rise to “myths”…

49% of Americans support repealing birthright citizenship: CNN poll

As leading Republicans signal support for rescinding the Constitutional guarantee of US citizenship to those born in America, a new CNN poll finds that 49 percent of the American public would favor doing so. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed opposed the idea when asked, “Would you favor or oppose a…

Beck: Conservative agenda means dismantling federal government

Responding to President Barack Obama’s recent comment that Republicans have no new ideas, Fox host Glenn Beck said the conservative movement — or at least the tea party branch — is actually promoting a novel idea in American politics: Dismantling the federal government. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser earlier this…

Arizona GOP candidate calls for cutting off illegal immigrants’ utilities

Arizona’s campaign against Mexican immigrants seems to intensify with every passing week. This latest round of escalation, however, has even some proponents of getting tough on illegal immigrants wondering if it’s just gone a bit too far. The state has been at the very epicenter of America’s immigration debate ever…

UN report calls for world to ditch dollar, migrate to new global currency

A new United Nations report released on Tuesday calls for abandoning the U.S. dollar as the main global reserve currency, saying it has been unable to safeguard value. But several European officials attending a high-level meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social Council countered by saying that the market, not…

Gates rules out ‘containing’ nuclear-armed Iran

WASHINGTON – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday refused to address the notion of having to contain a nuclear armed Iran, saying US efforts were aimed at preventing it from acquiring atomic weapons. “I don’t think we’re prepared to even talk about containing a nuclear Iran. I think… our…

Jon Stewart on BP disaster: ‘We are so f*cked’

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart gave his regular ribbing to oil giant BP on Thursday, declaring, in sum, that the US is “so fucked.” Among other things, Stewart mocked an idea put forth by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and carried by Raw Story, who argued that BP should consider using…

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