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Voter anger growing over government workers’ benefits

When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn’t ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. “I don’t think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well,” said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She’s been working a couple of bartending jobs since January, when she was laid off from her job at a Harley Davidson plant after almost a decade. She’s not alone in seeing public servants as public enemies in some ways. It’s a case of pension envy. For
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Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation’s oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon. Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing Middle East, particularly as rebellion rages in Libya. “We’re looking at the options,” including drawing on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, William Daley said. “It is something that only is done — and has been done — in very rare occasions. There’s a bunch of factors
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Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

F ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he expects to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Gingrich announced Thursday that he’s exploring a run for president, launching a website to collect donations. In an interview Friday night with Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity, Gingrich said “my expectation is that by the end of this exploratory process that we’ll have an announcement and we’ll be in the race.” He called the prospect “very daunting, but it’s also very exciting.” Gingrich has filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service setting up a political organization — Newt Exploratory 2012
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Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

  A community college student who says he’s never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil change on his car in October discovered the device stuck with magnets between his right rear wheel and exhaust. They weren’t sure what it was, but Afifi had the mechanic remove it and a friend posted photos of it online to see whether anyone could identify it. Two days later, Afifi says, agents
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Supremes side with anti-gay church over military funeral protests

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a grieving father’s pain over mocking protests at his Marine son’s funeral must yield to First Amendment protections for free speech. All but one justice sided with a fundamentalist church that has stirred outrage with raucous demonstrations contending God is punishing the military for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. The 8-1 decision in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., was the latest in a line of court rulings that, as Chief Justice John Roberts said in his opinion for the court, protects “even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that
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Mike Huckabee lied about Obama’s Kenyan roots

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested in a radio interview that President Barack Obama‘s childhood in Kenya shaped his worldview — even though Obama did not visit Kenya until he was in his 20s. The potential Republican presidential candidate told New York radio station WOR on Monday that Obama’s youth led him to resent the West, which he said explains why, in Huckabee’s view, Obama’s foreign policy differs so greatly from that of his predecessors. “One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, (is) very different than the
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Are we ready for a President named Newt?

  The biggest obstacle to a Newt Gingrich presidential bid might be Gingrich himself. The twice-divorced former U.S. House speaker has admitted an affair with a former congressional aide who is now his third wife. His career in Congress is remembered as much for his dramatic fall — the federal government shutdown, his censure and the loss of Republican seats in the House — as his rise. His polarizing style sometimes leaves would-be voters cold. “I don’t think it will be Newt’s moral issues that will keep him from winning the presidency,” said Tom Perdue, a Georgia-based GOP political strategist.
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Gas pains from high prices at the pump

High fuel prices are putting the squeeze on drivers’ wallets just as they are starting to feel better about the economy. They’re also forcing tough choices on small-business owners who are loathe to charge more for fear of losing cost-conscious customers. Gasoline prices rose 4 percent last week to a national average of $3.29 per gallon. That’s the highest level ever for this time of year, when prices are typically low. And with unrest in the Middle East and North Africa lifting the price of oil to the $100-a-barrel range, analysts say pump prices are likely headed higher. Bryon Gongaware,
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New law doesn’t control Christian health plans

The brain tumor came back. An ugly mass growing in plain view threatened Karen Niles’ remaining eye. She needed more surgery. This time, however, her medical plan wouldn’t pay. It sounds like one of those insurance “horror stories” that President Barack Obama hammered home during the fierce debate to pass his health care overhaul. Except Niles’ plan ended up as the beneficiary of a rare exemption to the new law — a waiver highlighted in the plan’s promotional materials. The plan didn’t come from an insurer, but from a religious “health care sharing ministry.” Consumer advocates call them a gamble.
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Sarah Palin’s dirty secrets: Fake letters, silent marriage, nude photos

A draft manuscript of former Sarah Palin aide Frank Bailey’s tell-all book, Blind Allegiance, reveals a woman who wrote fake letters to the editor praising her accomplishments in office, doesn’t talk much with her husband, neglects her children and that her husband’s first reaction with a doctored nude photo of Palin that surfaced on the Internet was laughter and “is it real?.” Bailey says Palin admitted to him that she and husband Todd are “not like normal couples…we don’t talk.”  She also complained that her husband would sneak looks at her private emails on her Blackberry.  Bailey said Todd also
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