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Race, religion come to the fore in Republican race

WASHINGTON — Republican hopefuls insist the 2012 White House race will hinge on the economy, but it is the conservative hot-button issues of race and religion that currently dominate the campaign. Frontrunner Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, which was debated at length when he ran for president in 2008, was decried…

Romney sidesteps pastor’s attack on Mormon faith

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney sidestepped a controversy over his Mormon faith at a summit of Christian conservatives Saturday a day after being attacked as “not a Christian.” Romney focused his speech to the Values Voter Summit mainly on President Barack Obama’s economic and foreign policy, making no mention of his…

Tea party abandons presidential race to focus on Senate

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – With their favored candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination lagging or out of the race, many U.S. Tea Party activists are shifting focus to the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate. The fizz has gone out of the presidential contest for some supporters of the…

Boehner praises Obama on ‘war on terrorism’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has done a good job in battling Islamist extremism, accomplishing more than predecessor George W. Bush in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. “I think so far the president’s done just fine,” Boehner, one of Obama’s most fierce critics, said…

Christie still to be convinced of 2012 run: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Chris Christie faces a deadline by week’s end to decide whether to launch a late run for president and appears to still be leaning against it, a Republican familiar with his discussions said Monday. The New Jersey governor has been wrestling with whether to enter the…

Perry rebuts Washington Post’s story on racial slur

Texas governor Rick Perry has rebutted a story in Sunday’s Washington Post that alleges the Texas governor hosted guests at a racially named location. The Post published a story titled “At Rick Perry’s Texas hunting spot, camp’s old racially charged name lingered.” The story centered on Perry inviting lawmakers to…

Perry wrongly insists he opposed ‘No Child Left Behind’

Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry claimed during last night’s Fox News-Google GOP debate that he was “vocal” in opposing President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” plan for public education, which many today call a significant drag on the U.S. educational system. Problem is, Perry cheered “No Child Left…

Porn magnate Flynt funding $1 million dollar quest to embarrass Perry

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Pornographic magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $1 million on Thursday to anyone with proof of “an illicit sexual liaison” involving leading Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry. The offer by the politically left-leaning Flynt targeting Perry was similar to past efforts by the Hustler…

Maddow: Supreme Court stops two Texas executions in one week

With the impending execution of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis dominating headlines in the U.S., sadly few have noticed that not one, but two executions in Texas have been put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court in the last seven days. Discussing the politics of capital punishment in the…

Doctors call Bachmann’s vaccine comments toxic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – No matter how much the U.S. medical community repudiates the suggestion by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) is dangerous, doctors fear the damage has already been done. Physicians are bracing for more parents to refuse the HPV vaccine, which protects against…

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