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Romney’s Immigration Reform: Force ‘Self-Deportation’ By Making Immigrants’ Lives Miserable

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), pressed by reporter Adam Smith to offer his plan for immigration reform at tonight’s NBC debate in Florida, said he would support “self-deportation” — a policy to make immigrants lives so miserable that they would choose to leave the country on their own

Santorum To Rape Victims: ‘Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation’

Standing steadfast as the most socially right-wing candidate in the GOP presidential field, Rick Santorum has repeatedly touted his extreme anti-choice position, which dictates that abortion should be uniformly illegal, even in cases of rape or incest. He even suggested that physicians who provide abortions to such victims should be criminally charged.

On 39th Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade, Obama Pledges To Defend ‘Women’s Health And Reproductive Freedom’

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which affirmed women’s constitutional right to an abortion and enshrined the fundamental principle of privacy into precedent.

President Obama marked the date by saying he remains committed “to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right”:

Boehner Promises To Revisit Medicare Privatization In This Year’s Budget

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, House Speaker John Beohner (R-OH) confirmed that Republicans won’t be backing away from plans to privatize the Medicare program this year — despite voters’ rejection of the plan — and will attempt to “pursue a bipartisan Medicare proposal in order to deflect Democratic attacks

Scalia: Blame Congress For My Decision To Turn Campaign Finance Into The Wild West

Two years ago, Justice Scalia cast one of the five votes necessary to unleash unlimited corporate money on American democracy in the Supreme Court’s egregious Citizens United decision. Yet, at a panel in South Carolina this weekend, Scalia tried to lay the blame for the absurd campaign finance system he created at everyone’s feet but his own

U.S. Prepares To Redefine Mission In Afghanistan

American commanders in Afghanistan are preparing for a major shift in their mission this year.

U.S. troops are expected to move away from their lead role in combat operations in most areas. Instead, they’ll advise Afghan forces to take the lead in both operations and security duties throughout much of Afghanistan.

Georgia judge orders President Obama to appear in court over ‘birthers’ suit

A Georgia judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta Thursday for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen and can’t be president.

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