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A year before elections, Obama leads Hispanic vote

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama holds a comfortable lead over his Republican rivals among Hispanic voters a year before elections, but with less enthusiasm than in 2008, a poll showed Wednesday. A Univision News/Latino Decisions poll found Obama would easily outpace Republicans among Hispanics, with registered voters giving the president…

Perry: Reinstate military gay ban because ‘it worked very well’

If elected president, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) says he would reinstate the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy because it was so effective. “I think it worked very well,” Perry told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Tuesday. “I think the idea that the president of the United States wanted to…

Texas court stays execution as lawyers seek DNA test

CHICAGO — A Texas appeals court issued a last-minute stay of execution Monday for death row inmate Hank Skinner in order to determine if further DNA testing should be conducted on evidence from the crime scene. The stay comes just two days before Skinner was set to be executed for…

Lawyers urge stay of Texas execution to allow for DNA tests

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for a Texas death row inmate urged an appeals court Friday to stay his execution, just days before he is due to be put to death, to allow for DNA testing that could prove his innocence. Hank Skinner, who has been on death row for 16 years,…

Presidential debates set for 2012 election

WASHINGTON — The location and dates of the crucial 2012 US presidential election debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and a yet-to-be-determined Republican challenger were announced on Monday. The first of the three face-to-face encounters between Obama and his Republican challenger will be on October 3 at the University of…

Cain, Romney in tight Republican race in Iowa: poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican White House hopefuls Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are in a tight race in Iowa, which kicks off next year’s presidential nominating contests, according to a closely watched opinion poll published on Saturday. The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register showed Cain, a…

Perry urges repeal of New Hampshire gay marriage law

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry pressed a conservative social agenda at an appearance in New Hampshire, calling for the repeal of the state’s 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriage. Perry also praised efforts in the state to end funding for birth control and health services for low-income…

Officials urge Perry to delay execution

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen current and former prosecutors and lawmakers urged Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, to delay a condemned man’s execution to allow for DNA testing. Henry “Hank” Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend, who was beaten…

Romney atop Republican field in key states: poll

WASHINGTON — The race for the Republican presidential nod looked Wednesday to be Mitt Romney’s to lose, with a new public opinion poll showing the former Massachusetts governor ahead in four key early voting states. But the CNN/Time survey found the race for the party’s nomination to take on President…

Mormons defend faith in White House race spotlight

As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination gets into full swing, the issue of religion has resurfaced, with front-runner Mitt Romney forced to defend his Mormon faith. While critics have branded Mormonism an anti-Christian cult, those who belong to the church say the possibility of a Mormon winning the…

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