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Amnesty: By signing NDAA, Obama has given al Qaeda a ‘propaganda victory’

The human rights group Amnesty International blasted President Barack Obama for signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained highly controversial provisions regarding the military detention of terrorism suspects. While signing the bill, Obama issued a signing statement…

Obama pledges to exempt Americans from indefinite detention law

President Barack Obama signed on New Year’s Eve a bill that gives the military authority to detain American citizens indefinitely and without criminal charge, breaking with the stroke of a pen one of his many campaign promises, even as he pledged that the new powers the bill grants will not…

President Obama nibbles on baby’s hand during visit to Marines

President Obama, who spent part of Christmas visiting Marines stationed in Hawai’i, got a bit of a surprise as the baby he was holding reached directly for the presidential teeth. Obama, who developed a bit of a reputation for his indulgence of curious children over the last few years, nommed…

Romney ‘promises’ student she will have job if he wins

Campaign promises are pretty standard this time of year, but this one may be going a little too far. At a campaign stop in Concord, New Hampshire Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney promised one college student that she would definitely have a job if he wins next November —…

Romney approves of premature deportation for Obama’s uncle

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) said yesterday that he approves of deporting an uncle to President Barack Obama who was arrested in August on a charge of drunk driving, even though the man has a driver’s license, Social Security card and no prior criminal convictions. Speaking to Boston radio…

Trump: If I run, I’ll ‘do great’ with African-Americans

Donald Trump called in to Greta Van Susteren’s show on Thursday night to discuss the current state of the Republican field and the question of whether or not “the right third party candidate” (namely himself) could beat President Obama in 2012. The Reality TV star hearkened back to the Ross…

Romney says U.S. withdrawal from Iraq ‘precipitous’

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said in an interview aired Sunday that US withdrawal from Iraq is “precipitous” and blamed President Barack Obama for failing to leave some US forces behind. “I think we’re going to find that this president, by not putting in place a status-of-forces agreement…

Keystone pipe outlook no rosier after Senate vote

(Reuters) – Senate Republicans claimed victory on Saturday for a bill that may force President Barack Obama to make a speedier decision on a Canada to Texas oil pipeline, but a White House official indicated quick approval of the project is not likely. The two-month payroll tax break extension bill…

Georgia ‘Birther’ suit attempts to remove Obama from 2012 ballot

According to Dustin Baker of the blog Georgia Politico, a suit has been filed with the office of Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp challenging Barack Obama’s legitimacy to appear as a presidential candidate on the ballot in the November 2012 elections. Georgia State Representative J. Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) will…

Bloody, costly Iraq war finally ends with lowering of U.S. flag

As President Barack Obama promised, the war in Iraq has finally come to an end. Standing in front of hundreds of soldiers on Thursday morning, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called a formal close to the conflict that’s lasted 8 years, 9 months, at a cost of more than $1…

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