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Panetta: U.S. prepared for Hormuz Strait action

The United States is “fully prepared” for any confrontation with Iran over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but hopes a dispute would be resolved peacefully, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. “We obviously always continue to make preparations to be prepared for any contingency, but we are not making any special steps… because we’re fully…

WATCH LIVE: Obama honors MLK legacy

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a community service project in Washington, D.C. honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Watch live video from CNN, broadcast Jan. 16, 2012.  …

Occupy protesters kicked off bus on way to Washington

A group of Occupy protesters from California, who were heading to Washington, DC to participate in the Occupy Congress protest on January 17, were kicked off their Greyhound bus on Saturday night and left stranded in Amarillo, Texas. The driver, Donald Ainsworth, allegedly called the Occupiers “you people” and told…

Perry pushes for part-time Congress in new ad

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s latest campaign advertisement in Iowa calls for a part-time Congress and knocks four fellow GOP presidential hopefuls who’ve served there. “If Washington’s the problem, why trust a congressman to fix it? Among them, they’ve spent 63 years in Congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks, and bailouts.…

Tough times: U.S. military families line up for donated Christmas gifts

It’s an unlikely sight at one of the biggest US military bases: young families lining up and waiting patiently outside a warehouse for free gifts to slip under the Christmas tree. Times are tough as much for military families as for anyone else in America this Christmas, making donated toys…

Protesters ‘occupy’ lawmakers’ Washington offices

WASHINGTON — Around 1,000 demonstrators assembled at US lawmakers’ offices on Thursday as part of a “Take Back the Capitol,” action targeting corporate America’s influence in Washington’s corridors of power. Protesters — many of them labor-union activists who support the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York in…

Police arrest 62 as ‘Occupy’ protesters target lobbyists

WASHINGTON — Police arrested 62 protesters Wednesday as supporters of Occupy Wall Street targeted lobbyists who promote the interests of corporate America in Washington’s corridors of power. Undeterred by steady rain, more than 1,000 marchers — many of them labor-union activists — shut down several blocks of K Street, epicenter…

Anti-Wall Street groups arrive for Washington meet

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters and union activists on Monday began to arrive in Washington for a campaign in which they aim to “Take back the Capitol from corporate control.” A week of demonstrations and sit-ins are planned “in the name of the 99 percent,” that the anti-corporate…

‘Occupy DC’ protesters arrested after standoff

Police have arrested 31 protesters at an anti-Wall Street encampment in Washington and torn down the wooden shelter that activists illegally erected overnight, prompting a nine-hour confrontation. Officers on foot and horseback converged on McPherson Square, near the White House and where demonstrators have been living since late September, leading several activists to climb onto the structure…

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…

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