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Ron Paul and six other Republicans refuse to sign Family Leader pledge

Ron Paul joined six other Republican presidential candidates Thursday in refusing to sign the controversial Family Leader “marriage vow.” Paul adviser Jesse Benton told Politico that he would not sign the pledge in its current form. So far, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum are the only presidential candidates to have…

Bachmann did not read pledge calling slavery a better arrangement for blacks

When Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann signed a pledge that claimed black Americans were better off as slaves than they are today, she apparently hadn’t read it in detail. Her campaign said Saturday that she actually didn’t agree with that part of the pledge. By signing the pledge created by…

Rick Santorum signs pledge to ban same sex marriage and pornography

Rick Santorum has become the second Republican presidential candidate to sign a “pro-marriage” pledge vowing to fight against same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography. “When I first read it, I was taken aback by it. I can’t argue that I wasn’t,” he told CNN on Sunday. Rep. Michele Bachmann…

Bill Gates, Britain boost child vaccine funding

LONDON (AFP) – Britain and Bill Gates joined forces on Monday to pledge more than half of the $3.7 billion (2.6 billion euros) sought to vaccinate nearly 250 million children against preventable diseases. Prime Minister David Cameron told a donors’ conference in London that Britain would contribute a further £814…

Bill Gates’s philanthropy costs him richest-man title

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Gates didn’t lose his title as the world’s richest man last year; he gave it away by plowing billions into his charitable foundation, experts say. Forbes will release its 2011 billionaires list on Wednesday and Gates, investor Warren Buffett and last year’s richest man, Mexican…

Hundreds of liberal activists pledge to oppose Obama in 2012

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of liberal organizers and anti-war activists have signed a petition pledging to oppose President Barack Obama’s renomination in 2012 unless he reverses course in Afghanistan and pushes for significant cuts to military spending. “We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in…

Woman gets death threats after being targeted by Glenn Beck

An Illinois woman who volunteered to moderate a congressional debate received numerous threats of violence and death threats after being targeted personally by Fox News personality Glenn Beck, according to a report a colleague filed last week with the FBI. League of Women Voters Illinois Executive Director Jan Czarnik filed…

GOP ‘prearranged’ National Review editorial praising ‘Pledge to America’: report

Elements within the House Republican leadership “prearranged” an editorial in the National Review praising the GOP’s “Pledge to America” manifesto, according to the Daily Caller, in an effort to counteract widespread conservative criticism of the document. “Two high-level Republican sources” told the right-leaning Daily Caller’s Jon Ward that Neil Bradley,…

Boehner won’t promise to end earmarks if GOP takes House

Republicans have unveiled their 21-page “Pledge to America” but there is one pledge that the potential House Speaker-in-waiting won’t make. When asked several times Sunday, Rep. John Boehner refused to say that he would put an end to all earmarks if Republicans take over the House. “Why is there no…

GOP congressman can’t or won’t say how ‘Pledge’ will pay for tax cuts

Even before the Republican Party’s “Pledge to America” was officially released on Thursday, Democrats were painting it as a return to the failed policies of the Bush years. “The Republicans running for Congress, they want the next two years to look like the eight years before I took office,” President…

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