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WATCH: President Obama’s speech about Osama bin Laden

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Michele Bachmann compares Holocaust to future taxes

Delivering a speech to New Hampshire Republicans on Saturday, Tea Party caucus leader and potential GOP 2012 contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) compared the tax burden future generations may face to the Holocaust. She recalled hearing stories of the Holocaust when she was a child, and wondering whether her mother…

Protesters drive Koran-burning pastor out of Michigan

DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) – A controversial Florida pastor banned last week from protesting at a Detroit-area mosque on Friday cut short a demonstration at a city hall largely drowned out by counter-protesters. Terry Jones, 59, had vowed to return this week, saying that his ban on demonstrating in front of…

Koran-burning Florida pastor vows to return to protest after ban

DETROIT (Reuters) – The controversial Florida pastor banned from protesting near a Detroit-area mosque says he plans to return next week for a protest aimed at the court that found him to be a risk to public safety. Terry Jones, 59, said he would return to Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday and lead a…

Mosque protest barred by Michigan court

DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) – A controversial Florida pastor was barred from protesting outside the largest mosque in the United States on Friday after a Michigan jury found his appearance was likely to provoke violence. Terry Jones, 59, was briefly jailed after refusing to pay a $1 bond as ordered by…

ACLU defends New York students suspended for protesting budget cuts

The New York American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has criticized the Central Islip School District’s decision to suspend students who participated in a peaceful protest against proposed budget cuts. In a letter to Superintendent Craig Carr on Tuesday, the NYCLU said the suspensions sent the message that free speech is…

Maine attorney general: Labor mural removal is ‘government speech’

Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s was exercising his right to “government speech” when he ordered a mural removed from the Maine Labor Department headquarters, state Attorney General William Schneider said Monday. LePage ordered a 36-foot mural depicting the history of labor movements in Maine to be removed from the state’s Department…

Israel to spell out peace policy to US Congress

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he would use a rare speech to a joint session of the US Congress in May to spell out his plan for forging a lasting peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu, in televised remarks to his Likud party, said he aimed for…

Obama proposes $4 trillion in deficit cuts

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has unveiled a $4 trillion deficit reduction drive and savaged Republican plans that he said would reward the rich and fracture America’s social compact. Obama laid out his vision in a speech at George Washington University, aiming to prepare the ground for short-term…

Obama prepares plan to avert financial ‘Armageddon’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will on Wednesday seek to wrest control of Washington’s fevered debate over the economy and bulging deficit, sure to be a dominant theme of his 2012 reelection bid. The White House says the president will lay out his vision for constraining the fiscal gap,…

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