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CNN: Romney's lead hasn't convinced many of GOP's unpledged delegates
According to a CNN survey of the unpledged RNC delegates, only 39 of them have chosen to endorse any candidate. Thirty-four are for Romney, three for Gingrich and two for Rick Santorum. No unpledged delegates have endorsed Ron Paul.
CNN: Santorum takes campaign to steps of U.S. Supreme Court
Rick Santorum went to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to attack front-running Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney over the federal health care reform law being argued inside this week. Framing the legal challenge to the 2010 health care law as a question of "basic liberty in our society," Santorum said Romney lacks credibility in opposing health care reform because he implemented a similar system in Massachusetts when he was governor.
CNN: Gingrich: Not quitting, because race isn't decided
Newt Gingrich may be far behind in the GOP delegate count – he has a quarter of the number frontrunner Mitt Romney does – but said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that he isn't bowing out of the race. "I think this is not over until it's over and obviously, if he does become the nominee, I will support him," the former House speaker said of Romney, calling him "the weakest front runner in modern times."
CNN: CNN Poll: Should health care law be overturned?
Most Americans don't want the Supreme Court to completely overturn the landmark yet controversial 2010 federal health care reform law, but only a quarter of the public wants to see the high court leave the measure alone, according to a new national survey. And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that while the two year old law is growing in popularity, especially among independent voters, half of all Americans still oppose it, although some who disapprove of the measure do so because they think it's not liberal enough.
CNN: Supreme Court set to debate heart of health care law
On day one of the Supreme Court's epic examination of the constitutionality of health care reform, the justices could not help looking ahead to Tuesday's arguments and the more significant questions over the power of Congress. It signals the overall look at health care in this presidential election year will really be about the individual mandate - the law's central requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty.
CNN: Parent's of slain Florida teen to appear on Capitol Hill
That George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is not in dispute. Everything else is - from the circumstances, to the motivation - sparking a national debate about race, and coast-to-coast demands for justice. On Tuesday, lawmakers take up the issue when the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on racial profiling and hate crimes. Martin's parents are expected to attend.
CNN: Hate crime 'possibility' in killing of Iraqi woman in her California home, police say
The possibility that the killing of an Iraqi woman who was left brutally beaten in her Southern California home last week was a hate crime is "just one aspect" being investigated, a police official said Monday. Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, died of a severe head injury after she was taken off life support Saturday, El Cajon, California, Police Chief Jim Redman said at a news conference. A note that was "threatening in nature" was found near where her 17-year-old daughter discovered her lying unconscious in the dining area of her home in El Cajon in San Diego County last Wednesday, Redman said.
CNN: Investigators finished with FAMU hazing case
Orange County, Florida, authorities say they have finished the investigation into the suspected hazing-related death of Robert Champion, the 26-year-old Florida A&M University student and drum major who died in November. The case has now been handed over to prosecutors who will make a decision on possible charges.
CNN: North Korea refuses to halt launch plan despite Obama's warnings
North Korea said Tuesday that it would not abandon its plan to carry out a satellite launch next month despite recent warnings from President Barack Obama over the move. The North "will not give up the satellite launch for peaceful purposes, which is a legitimate right of a sovereign state and requirement essential for economic development," Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency reported, citing the country's foreign ministry.
CNN: Third NATO service member killed in alleged "green on blue" attack
A man alleged to be a local Afghan policeman killed an American service member in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, while two British troops were shot and killed by an Afghan soldier in the southern province of Helmand, according to U.S., NATO and Afghan officials. Monday's deaths bring to 93 the number of coalition service members who have died in Afghanistan this year, 44 of them Americans. In 2012 to date, 16 have been killed in what are euphemistically called "green on blue" attacks, meaning Afghan troops who have turned their weapons on allied forces.
CNN: Strauss-Kahn charged in alleged prostitution ring
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged in France on Monday with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring, prosecutors said. He is not allowed to have contact with other people involved in the investigation, nor is he permitted to talk to the media about the case. Strauss-Kahn was released under a 100,000-euro bail, according to prosecutors.
CNN: Billions in cash smuggled out of Afghanistan every year
In the busy street markets of Kabul, stacks of cash sit in piles as moneychangers shout the day's exchange rate to shoppers bustling by. Currency is bought and sold in the open air. But all the money changing hands on the streets is barely a drop in the bucket compared to all the cash being siphoned out of the country in suitcases, and that is not a metaphor.
CNN Money: Microsoft raid targets cyber Mafia intel
Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) employees, escorted by U.S. Marshals, raided two Web hosting companies on Friday. Microsoft seized command and control servers and hundreds of websites used by the cyber Mafia to steal more than $100 million over the past five years.
CNN Money: Bernanke: Job gains present economic 'puzzle'
Stronger job growth has brought "good news" recently, but overall, it remains "out of sync" with the modest growth of the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday. "The improvement in the labor market over the past year - especially the decline in the unemployment rate - has been faster than might have been expected, given that the economy during that time appears to have grown at a relatively modest pace," Bernanke told the National Association for Business Economics on Monday.
CNN Money: BMW recalls 367,000 cars in the U.S.
BMW is recalling 367,000 5-series and 6-series cars in the United States because a battery cable cover in the trunk may have been incorrectly installed. The problem could lead to chafing of the battery cable which could, in turn, lead to electrical problems, trouble starting and, in some cases, fire, the automaker said.
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CNN: CNN Poll: Should health care law be overturned?
One side says it is like buying auto insurance, which I had agreed with but now I'm not so sure. The other side says that the government cannot force you to buy something you don't want, which I had disagreed with but now I'm not so sure of that either.
No one needs auto insurance until you need to operate your vehicle on a public thoroughfare. You can drive your pickup around your farm to your heart's content until you want to drive to the gas station. Better own your own gas pump.
No one needs health care insurance until you need health care at a public hospital. You can use all of the home remedies that you know of to your heart's content until you need major medical care at a hospital. Better own your own hospital.
Conflict between state and federal comes, it is Federal Government is the sole authority. Yes, Federal government can regulate the laws. True. This is called centralized power in law given to Federal Govt. True. true, in Law.
Hey why don't car companies switch gas tanks out of veheicles and put in propane tanks that uses natural gas? This will cut down on pollution and give vehecles more efficiency. Liaison in gasoline is not usable, only the fumes are flammable. So switch it out with one of grandma old propane tanks that use to be in the kitchen when I was a boy, and slap on a recalibrated fuel injector that shoots fumes instead of liquid, and "WALLA" we've got ourselves some clean energy. Say good by to high gas prices and imported oil, welcome less pollutions and the chance for mother earth to live.