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Arizona Audience Boos Birth Control Question During GOP Debate

Republicans in Arizona booed CNN moderator John King for asking a birth control question during Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, adding another item to the long list of jeers and cheers in the 2012 campaign primary. Past Republican audiences booed a gay soldier, applauded the death penalty, and cheered the death of an uninsured individual. Watch it

Blame Oil Speculators, Not Obama, For Rising Oil Prices

As the improving economy has robbed conservatives of their chief talking point against President Obama, they’ve turned to rising gas prices as the next problem to pin on the president.

SCOTUS Punts Major Attack On Medicaid In 5-4 Decision

By a narrow 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court decided to put off until another day a complex legal issue that could render much of our Medicaid law unenforceable.

Tucker Carlson: ‘Iran Deserves To Be Annihilated’

As the “drumbeat to war” with Iran, as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) warns of, grows louder, a number of journalists have begun to compare the hawkish rhetoric from pundits with the calls for military action against Iraq in 2002. Scott Shane, writing on the frontpage of today’s New York Times, observed, “Echoes of the period leading up to the Iraq war in 2003 are unmistakable, igniting a familiar debate over whether journalists are overstating Iran’s progress toward a bomb.” Indeed, the ombudsman of The Washington Post and the public editor of The New York Times criticized their own journalists for overstating the evidence of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Pakistani health workers punished for helping U.S. find bin Laden

ISLAMABAD — Seventeen local health workers have been fired for their part in a scheme that the CIA orchestrated in an effort to confirm that al Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was hiding in a walled compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, a health official in that town said Wednesday.

Romney proposes 20 percent income tax cut to jump-start U.S. economy

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Mitt Romney proposed Wednesday to cut individual income tax rates for all Americans by 20 percent, a promise he hopes will jumpstart his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and the American economy.

It also could add to the government’s sky-high budget deficits and growing debt unless offset with other tax hikes or matched by sweeping cuts in spending, the kind that have eluded other Republican presidents who made similar promises.

New York Court Affirms Towns’ Powers to Ban Fracking

In a decision that could set a national precedent for how local governments can regulate gas drilling, a New York state court yesterday ruled for the first time that towns have the right to ban drilling despite a state regulation asserting they cannot.

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