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Mar 26, 2012
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Santorum swears while chewing out reporter

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Republican hopeful Rick Santorum cursed during an angry exchange with a New York Times reporter on Sunday, casting a shadow on the image he’s crafted as a social conservative and Christian candidate, and giving fodder to critics who are calling it the “the latest tantorum” meltdown.

At a rally in Wisconsin, a reporter questioned Santorum about calling his rival, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “the worst Republican” to run against Democratic President Barack Obama. In an earlier speech Santorum equated health care legislation enacted during Romney’s governorship of Massachusetts with Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.

Feb 29, 2012
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Rick Santorum makes appeal to women, new campaign strategy?

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Presidential candidate Rick Santorum hailed the influence of strong, independent women on Tuesday night, a turnaround from his past statements that critics have called sexist or anti-women.

In a concession speech given just as rival Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primaries of Arizona and Michigan, Santorum took the chance to tell voters “a little more about who Rick Santorum is” and sang the praises of his 93-year-old grandmother, his wife Karen, a former lawyer who gave up work to raise their family, and their daughter Elizabeth who campaigns for her dad on her own.

Feb 23, 2012

WikiLeaks suspect Manning defers plea, court-martial begins

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, accused of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, deferred a plea in a military court arraignment on Thursday, marking the first step in a court-martial that could land him in prison for life.

In Thursday’s procedure, Manning, 24, was formally charged with 22 counts including aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet and theft of public property. Military prosecutors say Manning downloaded more than 700,000 classified or confidential documents and transferred thousands to WikiLeaks, which promotes leaking government and corporate information.

Feb 22, 2012
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Obama sings again, this time blues with B.B. King, Mick Jagger

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President Barack Obama gave what appeared to be an impromptu performance of “Sweet Home Chicago” during a blues concert Tuesday night at the White House in celebration of Black History Month.

At the end of an evening of performances from the likes of B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland and others, Obama grabbed a mic from the stage and crooned, “Come on, baby don’t you wanna go,” part of the popular blues standard.

Feb 14, 2012

Rights advocates press White House while China’s Xi visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, enjoyed center stage in Washington on Tuesday, the wife of a jailed Chinese rights lawyer and other opponents of Beijing’s grip on dissent said the Obama administration should increase pressure on China.

The White House has said it always presses human rights concerns in talks with Chinese leaders.

Feb 14, 2012

Republican Santorum catches Romney in U.S. polls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has surged into a virtual tie in opinion polls with Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, setting up a tough fight in the party’s primary in Michigan on Feb 28.

Picking up support from voters aligned with the conservative Tea Party movement and white Christian evangelicals, Santorum rose rapidly to edge 2 percentage points ahead of Romney in a national poll released by the Pew Research Center on Monday.

Feb 13, 2012
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Santorum calls Romney “desperate,” downplays wins

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Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum on Sunday called recent attacks by his rival Mitt Romney “desperate,” as the two face off in an increasingly contentious battle to become the party’s White House nominee.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania and social conservative known for his staunch positions on abortion and gay marriage, is competing to be the conservative alternative to Romney, who faces resistance from Republicans skeptical of moderate stances he took when he was governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts.

Feb 12, 2012

White House sticking to contraception plan

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
will not make any more changes to the rule announced last week
requiring health insurance plans to provide women with coverage
for contraception, although U.S. Catholic bishops have said it
violates the Church’s religious principles.

“We put out the plan that reflects where the president
intended to go. This is our plan,” White House chief of staff
Jacob Lew said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Feb 10, 2012

Romney appeals to US business with harsh China talk

, Feb 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican
presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed China’s “autocratic
model” of capitalism in a speech to technology executives on
Friday, keeping up attacks on the economic powerhouse days
before a visit from a Chinese official expected to be the
country’s next leader.

China’s rise could ultimately threaten U.S. freedom, said
Romney, seen as the frontrunner in the Republican race for the
nomination to oppose Democratic President Barack Obama in the
November election.

Feb 10, 2012
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Rick Santorum: birth control ruling has nothing to do with women’s rights

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Forcing religious organizations to provide contraceptives has nothing to do with women’s rights, Republican presidential contender and vocal Catholic Rick Santorum said on Thursday.

The comment aligned Santorum with a lineup of conservative critics bashing Democratic President Barack Obama’s rule requiring religious institutions — but not churches — to provide health insurance plans that cover birth control.