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Feb 29, 2012

Lady Gaga lends star power to anti-bullying efforts

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Pop superstar Lady Gaga brought her star power, her mom and some of her famous friends including Oprah Winfrey, to Harvard University on Wednesday to launch a new foundation aimed at empowering young people and stamping out bullying.

Gaga officially kicked off her “Born this Way Foundation,” named after her 2011 hit album and single “Born this Way,” with a series of events at the top U.S. university.

Feb 29, 2012
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Church-turned-restaurant in Maine leaves diners in a state of Grace

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(Diners eat at Grace Restaurant, housed in a church built in the 1850's, in Portland, Maine February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

A passerby seeing the imposing church building with its massive, red doors bearing the word “Grace” and a mysterious triangular logo could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon some kind of new-age congregation.

Feb 28, 2012

Republican moderate Senator Snowe announces retirement

BOSTON (Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe, one of the few remaining Republican moderates in Congress, announced on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election for a fourth six-year term, citing the attitude of toxic partisanship in Congress.

In a statement, Snowe said she was in good health and had “no doubt” she would have won re-election in November.

Feb 28, 2012

Maine restaurant leaves diners in state of Grace

PORTLAND, Maine Feb 28 (Reuters) – - A passerby seeing
the imposing church building with its massive, red doors bearing
the word “Grace” and a mysterious triangular logo could be
forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon some kind of
new-age congregation.

In a way that’s true, for Grace – the restaurant, housed in
a former United Methodist church in downtown Portland, Maine -
is now a temple of high-end dining. The two-year-old venture is,
visually at least, the crown jewel of the vibrant dining scene
in Maine’s largest city.

Feb 16, 2012

Santorum’s provocative language could be obstacle

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican candidate Rick Santorum has won support from American conservatives for his views on social issues but a habit of hyperbole may lead to stumbles in his White House bid.

In Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Santorum compared contraception to deodorant and soap when making a point about why he believes birth control should not be covered by health insurers.

Feb 13, 2012
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“Dogs Against Romney” keeps barking on Seamus

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It’s an anti-Romney movement five years in the making, and now it’s a large and growing “Super Pack” that even plans to crash the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week.

Dogs Against Romney is an ad-hoc group that likes dogs (and even, when pressed, some cats) but does not like Mitt Romney. It was brought together by the now well-known story of how Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, once drove from Boston to Canada with his dog in a carrier strapped to the roof of the speeding family car.

Feb 12, 2012

Romney’s Santorum problem: no easy targets

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a Rick Santorum problem that can’t be easily swept aside, even with wins in the sparsely attended Maine caucuses and a poll of conservative activists.

The former Massachusetts governor arguably has fewer effective weapons against Santorum than he was able to pull out against Newt Gingrich after getting a thumping in South Carolina from the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Feb 12, 2012

Romney, in comeback, has narrow Maine caucus win

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney bounced back from midweek losses in three states to narrowly win Maine’s caucuses on Saturday, hours after winning a straw poll of Republican conservative activists.

Results of Maine’s non-binding straw poll showed the former Massachusetts governor with 39 percent support, or 2,190 votes, ahead of libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 36 percent or 1,996 votes.

Feb 11, 2012

Maine caucuses a chance to right the Romney ship

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – Maine’s Republican presidential caucuses look like a two-man race between Mitt Romney, the party’s current front-runner, and libertarian Ron Paul in a small-state contest that has taken on new importance for Romney after his losses in three states this week.

Voting in dozens of local caucuses across Maine’s 16 counties has been going on since late January. Results of a non-binding straw poll will be released by the state Republican Party around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Feb 11, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Not all smooth sailing for Romney in Maine

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Republican Mitt Romney found it was not all smooth sailing in Maine on Friday night when he was heckled repeatedly at a town hall meeting in Portland at a marine storage and repair facility.

Romney jetted in from Washington to fire up his base a day before the Maine Republican Party announces the results of a week-long caucusing process. But the well-attended meeting wasn’t without some unexpected drama that showed the candidate’s testy side.

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