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Romney refuses to apologize for enacting health care mandate

WASHINGTON – Republican 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney refused to apologize Thursday for signing a health care reform law as governor of Massachusetts that closely reflects the controversial plan President Barack Obama enacted last year. In a speech at the University of Michigan’s Cardiovascular Center, Romney addressed the issue that…

WATCH LIVE: Mitt Romney addresses his health care reform past

Watch the video below of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) talk about health care reform, his role in bringing universal health care to Massachusetts and more — all in support of his nascent 2012 Presidential campaign, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the…

WATCH LIVE: Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his immigration reform initiative in El Paso, Texas. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

President Obama plans major push for immigration reform, with amnesty possible

President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday during a speech near the U.S. border that he plans a fresh push for immigration policy reform ahead of the 2012 election, calling for a legislative solution that comes from Congress instead of his desk alone. The White House and other officials will promote…

Obama focuses on domestic issues after Osama bin Laden’s death

WASHINGTON — His commander-in-chief credentials burnished by the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama is now seeking to shore up a shaky domestic standing on issues critical to his 2012 reelection bid. Obama will this week tackle the slowly recovering economy — on which voters give him perilously…

May Day protesters call for reform, voice frustration

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Demonstrators rallied at May Day events across the nation on Sunday, calling for reform on a host of issues and voicing frustration with President Barack Obama. May Day events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin were considerably smaller than in past years, as some of the hope for…

Obama vows to push again on immigration

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Thursday called for an end to the false debates and heated politics blocking a push for immigration reform, an issue with deep implications for the 2012 elections. Obama met activists and influential Hispanic personalities at the White House, including screen stars Eva Longoria and…

Syria leader dashes hopes of fast end to emergency rule

DAMASCUS – President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday blamed conspirators for unrest sweeping Syria and dashed hopes of an end to decades of emergency rule in his first speech since protests erupted two weeks ago. In a highly anticipated address to parliament that lasted almost an hour, Assad warned Syria’s “enemies” were…

Saudi troops have entered Bahrain: Saudi official

DUBAI — More than 1,000 Saudi troops, part of the Gulf countries’ Peninsula Shield Force, have entered Bahrain where anti-regime protests have raged for a month, a Saudi official said Monday. The troops entered the strategic Gulf kingdom on Sunday, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. The intervention came “after…

Police: 200-300 bodies found in Japan after quakes, tsunami

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil slid by more than $3 on Friday, with U.S. crude falling below $100, after an earthquake rocked Japan, creating a 10-meter tsunami and shutting down dozens of plants in the world’s third-largest oil consumer. The oil market was also keeping an eye on a planned day…

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