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U.S. foils new ‘underwear bomb’ plot by Al-Qaeda

The United States has foiled a plot by Al-Qaeda‘s branch in Yemen to blow up a US-bound passenger jet with a new take on the “underwear bomb” near the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, officials said Monday. The FBI said investigators were examining the explosive that appeared to be a revamped model of the bomb used in the Christmas Day plot of 2009, in which a plastic explosive hidden in a Nigerian man’s underwear failed to detonate on a plane headed for Detroit. The plot hatched by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was uncovered at an early
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Is there really any difference between Obama or Romney?

He’s a smug, Harvard-trained elitist who doesn’t get how regular Americans are struggling these days. More extreme than he lets on, he’s keeping his true agenda hidden until after Election Day. He’s clueless about fixing the economy, over his head on foreign policy. Who is he? Your answer will help decide the next president. Is it Barack Obama, as seen by Mitt Romney? Or Romney, the way Obama depicts him? For all their liberal versus conservative differences, when the two presidential contenders describe each other, they sound like they’re ragging on the same flawed guy. Or mirror images of that
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GOP wants cuts to social programs to protect military budgets

Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday will fire their first shots of the next deficit-reduction battle, advancing legislation to cut nearly $380 billion largely from social programs while protecting defense spending. The cuts to food stamps, child tax credits and Medicaid healthcare for the poor, among others, are certain to stall in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate. But they stake out Republicans’ negotiating stance on replacing $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that are due to take effect in January. The “Sequester Replacement Act” authored by influential House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and expected to be approved
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Ron Paul captures majority of GOP delegates in Maine

With Mitt Romney‘s GOP presidential nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said. The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory. In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine convention, Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from Maine to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. The 24th delegate’s seat goes to party Chairman Charles Webster, who has remained uncommitted throughout the process. Making the Paul takeover complete
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Biden ‘absolutely comfortable’ with gay marriage

Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday he was “absolutely comfortable” with allowing same-sex couples to marry, staking out a position on a hot-button social issue that appeared to differ from that of his boss, President Barack Obama. In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Biden was pressed on whether the Obama administration would seek to legalize gay marriage in a second White House term. He said he personally was open to the change. “The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying
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Race and religion define Campaign 2012

How unthinkable it was, not so long ago, that a presidential election would pit a candidate fathered by an African against another condemned as un-Christian. Yet here it is: Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? By November, we should have some idea. Perhaps mindful of the lingering power of prejudice, both men soft-pedal their status as racial or religious pioneers. But these things “will be factors whether they’re explicitly
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North Carolinia voters could ban same-sex marriages

Efforts to legalize gay marriage have met success in several U.S. states this year but could experience a setback on Tuesday if North Carolina voters decide to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. Same-sex marriage is illegal in North Carolina. But the state has stood out as the only one in the Southeast that has not passed a constitutional amendment solidifying such a ban. Supporters of the proposed amendment say it would preserve the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman and make laws outlawing gay marriage harder to repeal. Opponents say a
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New jobs decline for second straight month

President Barack Obama promotes the fantasy that the American economy is rebounding. The latest employment numbers say otherwise. Employer hiring fell for the second straight month, coming in well below the rosy projections of a President hoping for re-election later this year. The Labor Department said Friday that American employers added only 115,000 workers to their payrolls in April. The Obama administration estimated 170,000 jobs were created during the month. “When you factor in the growth in population and those reaching an age for employment the actual statistical growth in jobs is ‘nil,” economic analyst Franklin Hewitt told Capitol Hill
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Romney picks up endorsement from Bachmann: Santorum next?

As Mitt Romney cruises towards the inevitable – the GOP Presidential nomination – the former Massachusetts governor continues to pick up endorsements from those who once opposed him and called him names. Michelle Bachmann became the latest to throw her support behind the presumptive nominee, calling Romney “the last chance we have to keep America from going over a cliff.” “For all of America, this is a very simple proposition this November: President Barack Obama or President Mitt Romney,” Bachmann said while campaigning with Romney in Virginia. “Very easy.” What is unclear is whether or not Bachmann’s endorsement will bring
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Mitt Romney or Barack Obama: Is this the best we can do?

Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich’s overdue withdrawal from the GOP Presidential primary race didn’t leave the nomination to Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor sealed that deal when Rick Santorum quit in April. Gingrich’s withdrawal, however, removes the last real irritant to Romney march to the GOP mantle. Soon to be ex-Congressman Ron Paul will continue his third and last hopeless quest for the Presidency but he is little more than a fly buzzing around cow flop. Romney has turned his full attention to his final roadblock on the road to the White House: Incumbent President Barack Obama.
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