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CNN: Conservatives see tough challenges on road to White House
Republicans looking to take back the White House in November face a challenging political environment, a trio of conservative political observers said Thursday at an annual gathering of conservative activists.
CNN: Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaign
Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women - one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.
CNN: 10 states freed from some 'No Child Left Behind' requirements
Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform law, with President Barack Obama explaining Thursday that the move aims to "combine greater freedom with greater accountability."
CNN: Pelosi takes on Colbert
Nancy Pelosi, the stately, serious former House speaker released a video satire Thursday going after comedian Stephen Colbert for his super PAC.
CNN: Driver whisks 6 students off N.C. bus before it bursts into flames
After noticing smoke seeping inside, a North Carolina bus driver rushed six elementary school children off her vehicle moments before it burst into flames.
CNN: First new nuclear reactors OK'd in over 30 years
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first authorized in over 30 years.
CNN: Mississippi pardons challenged at court hearing
Judges on Mississippi's Supreme Court on Thursday heard challenges to the scores of controversial pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour on his way out of office, peppering lawyers with questions but making no immediate ruling.
CNN: Mortgage deal could bring billions in relief
In the largest deal to date aimed at addressing the housing meltdown, federal and state officials on Thursday announced a $26 billion foreclosure settlement with five of the largest home lenders.
CNN: One activist’s chronicle of daily hell in Syria
After days of reported attacks by Syrian government forces, residents in the besieged city of Homs are in fear for their lives as bodies litter in the streets. Activists claim that President Bashar al-Assad's government has been unrelenting in its violence, something the government denies.
CNN: Venezuelan President Chavez dismisses challengers, but one is showing strength
When an opposition candidate challenged Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a debate last month, his reply was "aguila no caza mosca" - "the eagle doesn't hunt the fly."
CNN: Greek leaders ready to back austerity deal
A dispute over pension cuts stalled talks last night between leaders of Greece's fractious national unity government on tough new austerity measures, one of the last hurdles to be cleared before eurozone officials can sign off on a €130B ($172B) bailout and save Athens from a messy default. However, officials said they were still confident of reaching a deal by the morning.
CNN: Why China didn't back U.N. plan for Syria
China will sometimes say "no" and the world should get used to it. That message came through last weekend when China, one of five permanent U.N. Security Council members, joined Russia in blocking action on Syria.
CNN Money: Mortgage deal: What the critics say
The $26 billion mortgage settlement had a lot of support - as evidenced by the 49 out of 50 state attorneys general that signed on to it.
CNN Money: Stocks: Investors take Greek deal in stride
Investors have been betting on a Greek austerity deal all week, and now that it's finally here, they're breathing a sigh of relief. U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Thursday following a morning of choppy trading.
CNN Money: Tesla unveils its Model X SUV with 'falcon wings'
Tesla Motors on Thursday unveiled a new SUV that the automaker plans to put into production by 2014.
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When republicans have fought the president against meaningful job creation, and over 3 million jobs are created in 3 years without GOP help, the pubes cannot run on jobs, jobs, jobs. When there is 23 consecutive months of private sector job growth, and the jobless rate is the lowest in three years without republican help, the baggers cannot run on the economy. When the president has decimated the Qaida leadership, brought our troops home from Iraq (McCain wanted our troops there for a hundred years) the GOP cannot run on foreign policy and the war on terror. That leaves attacking women's reproductive rights as the only thing the GOP has left.
These conservative main idea is to collapse this nation ever further fiscally. Just now, this nation is recuperating economically, and Auto is reviving. Wake up, and vote all the Congress out of their capital hill occupations. Drive these devils out.
Conservatives see a tough road ahead. True, the Libreals want to run the country but they want the conservatives to pay for it. Consevvatives will not have nearly enough money to pay the bills so the liberals will borrow more and more money from China. The Catholic Hiroarcy is complaining about the Government including conreceptives in Obama Care.Well somebody is really getting s*rewed here. The Conservatives again. Vote stupid, lose your job. Those are just the Cold Hard Facts of life. Big Banks returs money to people who have morgages under water. Who's fault is that? The Banks of course! What a load of C*ap !
If religious leaders want to get into politics, then politics can get into religion. Take awaay their tax-exempt status. That will make the POPE think twice about trying to interfere with WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE RIGHTS.