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Republicans pound Obama in first big debate

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republican presidential candidates led by frontrunner Mitt Romney used their first big televised debate to lash out at President Barack Obama — but not each other. The debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, late Monday did little to define differences between the seven candidates in the…

Herman Cain: Only the Muslims not ‘trying to kill us’ should be in government

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain clarified his stance on appointing Muslims to government positions during CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate on Monday. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza had previously told ThinkProgress that he would not be comfortable appointing a Muslim to his White House cabinet or as a federal…

Mitt Romney under attack for ‘Obamneycare’

WASHINGTON — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney came under attack Sunday from rival Tim Pawlenty as the inspiration for US President Barack Obama’s “Obamneycare” health care program. Romney has rejected the national program passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, arguing it was fundamentally different from the state program he created as governor…

Romney won’t participate in Iowa test vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not participate in a key test of strength in the early voting state of Iowa in August, his campaign said on Thursday. Romney is the front-runner in some polls for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He made the strategic decision…

Rep. Peter King sets second Muslim radicals hearing

WASHINGTON — A key US House of Representatives committee next week will hold the second in a controversial series of hearings on Muslim radicalization in the United States, the panel’s chairman announced Thursday. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, a Republican whose first session on the issue in March…

Gingrich staying in the race as wave of key 2012 staffers resign

WASHINGTON – Republican 2012 presidential candidate New Gingrich faced a momentous setback Thursday as a wave of his top staffers resigned together. The Associated Press reported that “Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman, said he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists had resigned, along with aides in the early primary and…

Poll: Obama tops all leading Republicans by wide margin

Obama’s approval rating inched up 1 percentage point from May to 50 percent but the number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track also rose as pricier gasoline, persistently high unemployment and a weak housing market chipped away at public confidence. Obama leads all potential Republican…

Wisconsin Gov. Walker removes painting of poor children

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have one less reason to think about the plight of disadvantaged children. The governor has decided to have a painting of poor and homeless kids removed from the governor’s mansion. It will be replaced with a Civil War-themed painting of a bald eagle. The…

Republicans call for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign

WASHINGTON — There was little sympathy among US politicians Tuesday for Anthony Weiner, one day after the US Democratic congressman admitted in a teary-eyed press conference to maintaining a string of lewd online relationships. Weiner, 46, said he was “deeply ashamed” for his behavior, which included sending a close-up picture…

North Carolina House Speaker guts education budget, then says teachers don’t care about kids

Republican North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis was instrumental in cutting more than $100 million from the state’s education budget, but now claims it’s the state’s teachers who are negatively affecting students. At the North Carolina GOP convention, Tillis defended a recently passed controversial bill that will make it more…

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