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Controversial religious license plates put Perry on the spot

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The approval of a specialty Texas vehicle license plate which says “One State Under God” and shows three crosses has again put Texas Governor Rick Perry on the spot in the Republican presidential race. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board, all of whom were appointed…

Supreme Court to decide Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday halted the use of judge-drawn Texas election maps that favor minority candidates and Democrats in 2012 congressional and state legislative elections and agreed to decide the dispute that could have national implications. The justices said they would hear arguments on January…

Colbert: ‘Unlike being gay, loving Christmas is not a choice’

Stephen Colbert has a confession to make. Well, let’s back up a little. In his recent, roundly mocked ad, Texas Governor Rick Perry says that you “don’t have to be in the pew every Sunday to know that something is wrong” with our country in that “gays can serve openly…

Report: Perry called campaign donors from governor’s office

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) is facing allegations that he used his office equipment to benefit his presidential campaign, after an Associated Press investigation into his phone records revealed that he spoke to numerous campaign donors and even met with an executive who would later create a political action committee…

Jon Stewart: GOP field full of ‘zombies’ who ‘don’t know they’re dead’

It’s been a seemingly endless cycle of boom and bust for Republican presidential hopefuls over the last few months. First Michele Bachmann took a surprising lead, winning the Iowa straw poll and enjoying a couple of months at the head of the pack. Then a series of gaffes and misstatements…

McCain chides Republican candidates on ‘torture’

Senior US Senator John McCain on Monday rebuked Republican presidential candidates who came out in favor of a harshinterrogation tactic known as waterboarding, bluntly calling it “torture.” “Very disappointed by statements at SC (South Carolina) GOP (Republican) debate supporting waterboarding. Waterboarding is torture,” McCain said on his official Twitter feed. Several of…

Romney: Don’t cut Israel aid

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to boost military help to Israel, his campaign said Sunday, a day after he seemed to back starting the ally’s aid package at zero. “Mitt Romney firmly believes that the United States must continue supporting Israel and increase military aid…

Romney has clear lead among Republicans: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney has a growing lead in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and almost half of the party’s voters expect him to be the nominee, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans backed the former Massachusetts governor, giving him a lead of…

Republican candidates vow to stop Iran nuclear bomb

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates said on Saturday they would stop Iran from developing an atomic bomb but differed over how to do it in a debate that tested their knowledge of world hotspots. The U.S. economy has been the No. 1 issue for the 2012 election…

Letterman’s ‘Top 10 Rick Perry excuses’ as read by Rick Perry

Yesterday, Texas Governor Rick Perry capped off a day of damage control interviews after his gaffe-tastic performance at Wednesday night’s debate with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. The flagging Republican candidate read the night’s Top Ten List, “The Top Ten Rick Perry Excuses”. Watch the clip,…

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