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NRA members see rush to judgment in Trayvon Martin case

Gun-rights activists at a National Rifle Association convention said on Friday that protesters who demanded the arrest of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin were ignoring the U.S. legal principle of innocent until proven guilty. They said the protesters and the media had rushed to judge Zimmerman, a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, as guilty in the death of 17-year-old Martin, who was black, without having been convicted. “I wish all those folks demonstrating and making the inflammatory statements would keep their powder dry,” said Owen Mills, an NRA board member, who runs a
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Fact checking Romney’s NRA speech

Did Vice President Joe Biden really call for a new global business tax on U.S. companies operating abroad? Could it be true that half of high school students in the 50 largest cities don’t graduate? And is President Barack Obama pushing Roman Catholics to “violate the tenets of their faith” with his expansion of mandatory contraception coverage? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was on shaky ground Friday with his accusation about birth control, because Obama backed down from forcing religious-affiliated employers to offer contraception coverage in a compromise devised to placate the church. On education and taxes, he was more
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Romney vows to protect gun owners

The presidential campaign briefly veered from the emotional Mommy Wars on Friday to the back-burner issue of gun rights, with Mitt Romney telling the National Rifle Association that President Barack Obama is not protecting gun owners — even though the topic has rarely arisen during his time in office. Without offering details, Romney said that Obama would like to erode gun owners’ rights. “We need a president who will enforce current laws, not create new ones that only serve to burden lawful gun owners,” Romney told thousands of NRA members in St. Louis for their annual convention. “President Obama has
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Obama’s ‘green energy programs’ slow to take root

Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of gleaming solar panels in Boulder City, Nevada, to celebrate his administration’s efforts to promote “green energy.” Stretching row upon row into the desert, the Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president. Built on public land, the facility is the largest of its kind in the United States. Its 1 million solar panels provide enough energy to power 17,000 homes. And it employs just 10 people. Three years after Obama launched a push to build a job-creating “green” economy,
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Obama stands up for Ann Romney

President Barack Obama is sticking up for Ann Romney, the wife of Republican rival Mitt Romney and the target of a Democratic operative who suggested that she’s unqualified to speak about the economy’s tolls because she’s “never worked a day in her life.” “It was the wrong thing to say,” Obama told WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Criticism of candidates’ spouses should be out of bounds, he added. Polls show women lean heavily Democratic and favor Obama by a wide margin in battleground states. Romney must win about 40 percent of the women’s vote to have a shot at denying Obama
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Sarah PAC lavishes money on Palin, not on candidates

Sarah Palin‘s so-called political action committee — created under the pretense of raising money to help political candidates — raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first three months of 2012 but didn’t give a cent to any candidate for office. Instead, the PAC spent more than it raised on Palin’s travel and personal expenses, an army of consultants and expenses to raise more money. Sarah PAC also spent 19 grand for a video to try refute the movie “Game Change,” which ran on Home Box Office (HBO) and portrayed Palin in a less-than-favorable light during her tenure as
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Another day, another screwup by Romney

Less than a day into the U.S. general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with President Barack Obama. Romney made a disputed claim that the vast majority of U.S. jobs lost under Obama were held by women, and his campaign team struggled to say whether their candidate supports a fair pay law for women. Romney is now under pressure to show he can take on Obama’s well-organized campaign, after main Republican rival Rick Santorum quit the White House race
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Time for Romney to mend fences

Now is the time for Mitt Romney to mend his Republican fences and bring around those dubious voters who kept spurning him for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and others to the right. After a nasty primary battle, his challenge is to somehow excite the party’s staunchest conservatives without alienating the independent voters he’ll need to defeat President Barack Obama in the fall. Romney predicted on Wednesday that Republicans will naturally rally together against their common foe, Obama, and focus on their shared distress about the nation’s economy — an issue that resonates across the political spectrum. To smooth the way,
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Obama ramps up campaign to take out Romney

For all the turmoil of the long primary season, President Barack Obama is right where he expected to be: taking on Mitt Romney and targeting him as a wishy-washy protector of the rich. With the November outcome likely to hinge on the economy, Obama will now engage more directly with the help of an experienced, well-financed campaign organization. The campaign for the White House took on a decidedly different feel on Wednesday, a true two-man race for the first time. Yet even as Republican Rick Santorum‘s withdrawal a day earlier changed the dynamic, beginning the general election in earnest, the
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With Santorum out, Romney still faces distractions from Gingrich, Paul

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s surprise withdrawal from the GOP Presidential sweepstakes Tuesday leaves the road more or less clear for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to wrap up the nomination by June. But Romney is not home free.  Backbenchers Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the race and while neither has a chance of winning the nomination both can still be a distraction for the frontrunner as he attempts to hone his campaign strategy for the only real obstacle to his quest for the White House:  Current President Barrack Obama. Most polls show Romney losing to Obama in
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