Barbour: Iran biggest threat to global security

HERZLIYA, Israel – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that Iran is the world’s top threat to peace and stability. A potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Barbour said world leaders should be judged by their success in responding to the threats posed by Iran.

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Huckabee: Israel can build in West Bank, Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Potential 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Jewish settlers Monday that attempts to prevent them from building in east Jerusalem are as outrageous as housing discrimination in the United States. Most of the international community – including President Barack Obama – considers the settlements illegal.

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Israeli academics to boycott settlement college

JERUSALEM – At least 165 Israeli professors have declared a boycott against a contentious Israeli college in the West Bank, organizers said Sunday, deepening an internal rift in Israel over the expansion of West Bank settlements.

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GOP’s DeMint and Pence Tout Permanent-Tax-Cuts-For-All Bill

A pair of prominent Republicans — one from the Senate, the other from the House – on Thursday called for a permanent extension of tax cuts at all income levels, just as a vigorous floor debate was under way about Democratic legislation to extend tax relief for just the middle class.

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Democrats: Unemployment insurance extension a moral debate

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday stood with more than 100 jobless workers in an attempt to drum up public outrage after Republicans prevented an extension of federal unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who are out of work.

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For gay rights activists, a post-election shift

A record number of openly gay candidates was elected nationwide Tuesday, but the Democratic walloping on Capitol Hill is likely to shift the focus of the gay rights movement from congressional legislation to administrative, judicial, and state and local prospects once the new cast of politicians takes power in January.

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Obama to work through ‘shellacking’

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U.S. President Barack Obama struck a conciliatory tone Wednesday, taking responsibility for the slow pace of economic progress the day after Republicans walloped Democrats, winning a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and raking in major wins in senatorial and gubernatorial races.

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Visiting the troops: Morale-booster, or photo op?

They’re a staple of wartime media coverage: High-profile trips to visit the troops by presidents and vice presidents, members of congress and top military officials. But do these visits really have an impact on troop morale, and to what extent are they photo opportunities intended for domestic consumption?

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Tea party movement alienating young voters


The tea party is failing to woo young voters despite a loose structure that could make it easier for those under 30 to achieve leadership roles, analysts and political activists say as the grass-roots movement prepares to flex its muscles in midterm elections.

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War veterans hold different views of midterms

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Many active-duty and retired service members who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq say they’ve withdrawn from politics because of their experiences. Others find themselves in the center of today’s political battlefield.

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