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White supremacist David Duke moves toward presidential run

Another Republican is itching to jump into the 2012 presidential race. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is launching a 25 state tour to drum up support for a presidential run, according to the The Daily Beast. While the presidential hopeful claims his views have evolved, he recently described…

Citizen commission accused of ‘diluting’ California hispanic vote

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Stanley Forbes is not helping to redraw California’s electoral map, he is growing almonds at his ranch or running his independent book store. Forbes, 64, is one of 14 state residents named to a newly formed state commission tasked with striking a blow against political…

Chavez foes say his absence a security risk

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition said on Saturday President Hugo Chavez’s prolonged convalescence from cancer in Cuba put the country’s security and sovereignty at risk and it stepped up calls for him to delegate his powers. “It is clear Chavez does not have the capacity to fully exercise his power…

U.S. State Department asks for $6.2 billion budget for Iraq

BAGHDAD — The US ambassador in Baghdad said on Saturday that the State Department has asked for a $6.2 billion budget for Iraq in 2012, underscoring that its oil and gas reserves were critical for the world’s future energy needs. “This country is on a glide path to increase its…

Six Syrians killed as 500,000 protest against Assad

Syrian security forces killed at least six demonstrators as more than half a million people took to the streets across the country on Friday to demand the departure of Bashar al-Assad, activists said. The protests came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said time was running out for the Syrian president,…

Bachmann won’t get into ‘mud-wrestling fight’ with Palin

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Wednesday she has no plans to stoop to a “mud-wrestling fight” between her and fellow arch-conservative Sarah Palin. Bachmann, on the campaign trail in the state of South Carolina two days after officially launching her 2012 White House run,…

US envoy bound for Afghanistan ahead of drawdown

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan was headed for Kabul for regional talks in the wake of President Barack Obama’s announcement of a US drawdown from the country. Ambassador Marc Grossman, who left for Kabul on Friday, will highlight US commitment to a “long-term, enduring partnership” with Afghanistan,…

High-level US delegation to visit Pacific islands to discuss environment

Senior US civilian and military officials will travel next week to the Pacific islands to discuss environmental, economic and other issues, the State Department said Thursday. It said Kurt Campbell, the top diplomat for Pacific affairs, and Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick will visit Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, the Solomon Islands,…

Hezbollah members confess to spying for CIA: Nasrallah

BEIRUT (AFP) – Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday said members of his group had confessed to being CIA agents, and accused arch-foe Israel of turning to the US spy agency after failing to infiltrate his party. The US embassy in Beirut immediately dismissed the accusations as “empty,” saying Nasrallah…

Same-sex marriage passes in New York State

Shortly before 10 pm on June 24, 2011, with the passage of a crucial amendment by a vote of 36 to 26, it became clear that a majority of the New York State Senate was going to approve same-sex marriage. The final tally for the bill itself was 33 to…

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