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CNN: Wisconsin primary looms large for Romney, larger for Santorum
Forty-two delegates are up for grabs when Wisconsin holds its Republican presidential primary Tuesday. But for Rick Santorum, much more appears to be at stake. The Badger State may be the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania's final chance to convince Republicans that the race for the GOP nomination isn't over.
CNN: GSA head resigns over 'wasteful' Las Vegas seminar
The head of the General Services Administration resigned Monday after a scathing report that called government spending on a training seminar in Las Vegas "excessive, wasteful, and in some cases impermissible." The White House put out a statement that President Barack Obama was "outraged" when he found out about the spending.
CNN: Obama says health care law is constitutional
President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on last week's Supreme Court arguments about health care reform, saying he expected the justices to rule the act is constitutional. "In accordance with precedents out there, it is constitutional," Obama said of the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act passed by congressional Democrats with no Republican support.
CNN: GOP has work cut out for it to bridge gender gap
Even Mitt Romney admits that he's got his work cut out for him to reach out to female voters as he transitions from the Republican presidential nomination battle to what will most likely be his general election matchup against President Barack Obama. A USA Today/Gallup poll of 12 possible battleground states (which will be contested in November) indicates that the president holds a 9-point lead over Romney, 51%-42%.
CNN: Former student arrested in California college shooting that killed 7
Police in Oakland, California, took a 43-year-old former student at a small religious college into custody Monday after a shooting spree at the school that left seven dead and three wounded, the city's police chief said.
CNN: Prosecutor: Account that he, police chief opted not to arrest Martin's shooter a 'lie'
An "outraged" Florida prosecutor fired back on Monday at the family of Trayvon Martin, describing as "outright lies" their account that he and a local police chief met and decided not to follow a detective's advice and arrest the teenager's killer.
CNN: Kentucky beats Kansas to win NCAA title
The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 Monday night to win the NCAA men's basketball championship in New Orleans. Despite a late surge that brought the Jayhawks within six points, the Wildcats dominated the game, leading by double digits during much of the second half.
CNN: JetBlue pilot charged for meltdown goes to court
The JetBlue pilot arrested after an apparent midair meltdown last week was ordered held without bond during a brief appearance before a federal judge in Amarillo, Texas, on Monday morning, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The U.S. magistrate ordered that Clayton Osbon, 49, be held in the Randall County jail until a detention hearing to determine his bond on Thursday, the prosecutor's spokesman said.
CNN: Officials: Death toll in March the lowest in Iraq since U.S. invasion
Violence in Iraq killed 112 people in March, the lowest monthly death toll since the U.S-led invasion in 2003, officials said Monday. According to interior ministry figures, 78 civilians were killed in March, along with 12 Iraqi soldiers and 22 police officers.
CNN: Syria promises to pull forces from population centers
The Syrian government has agreed to begin immediately to pull its forces out of population centers and will complete its withdrawal by April 10, diplomatic officials told reporters Monday. The Syrian foreign minister made that promise to U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, according to Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the world body.
CNN: West African states sanction Mali over coup
West African countries slapped Mali's ruling military junta with economic sanctions Monday, saying steps toward restoring democratic rule announced over the weekend weren't enough.
CNN: France deports 2 Islamic radicals, will expel 3 more
The French Interior Ministry announced Monday it has deported two Muslims and plans to expel three more in a crackdown after the killing of seven people by a suspected Islamic extremist. A statement by Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the moves were part of "an acceleration of the deportation procedures of foreign Islamic radicals."
CNN Money: U.S. regulator sues Royal Bank of Canada
The Royal Bank of Canada illegally traded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stock futures with two of its subsidiaries to avoid Canadian taxes, a U.S. regulator charged Monday. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission alleges that Canada's largest bank broke U.S. laws and regulations by "washing sales" in a non-competitive way on a U.S. futures exchange called OneChicago.
CNN Money: 1.5 million card numbers at risk from hack
A data breach at a payments processing firm has potentially compromised up to 1.5 million credit and debit card numbers from all of the major card brands.
CNN Money: Fuel efficiency drives car sales
Demand for fuel-efficient cars shot higher in March, as consumers sought relief from climbing gas prices. As a result, Detroit automakers are finally winning the competition with their overseas rivals in this important part of the auto market.
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Its amazing how these repubs wants to put healthcare on the free market, It sounds good until reality strike. The repubs mantra is simple: if you have money to afford healthcare; you live, if you don't; you die. We are still in a very fragile economy, any bad news from overseas can have this economy spiralling out of control, and the folks with seemingly secure jobs can be out on the street the next day. I wonder how their healthcare will treat them then, when the free market your on your own healthcare repubs policies take hold. These repubs beleuves that big companies should be free to do what it wants, and the general public shouldn't complain. They forgot about one of man's most powerful force, "GREED". Look what big oil companies are doing doing to the American people as we speak.
Mrs. Romney is appealing to me, but not her husband. I'm not voting for him. I hope Santorum wins Wisconsin. With all the wiggle room delegates have maybe the popular vote doesn't matter...like Paul and the Virgin Islands.
Will Mittens survive "zipper gate?" So far we know that Mittens is for unplanned parenthood, tax cuts for the wealthy, TARP, a war with Iran, rekindling the cold war with Russia, denying health care to 50 million uninsured, the Ryan Plan, tax breaks for big oil and Wall Street, eliminating womens' rights, but, he is against seniors, the middle class, the America worker, the American automobile industry, the poor, veterans, against consumer safety measures, planned parent hood, and just about everything he stood for before the started campaigning as a conservative.
Having seen the Circus from Republican nonsense, I am saying--
CNN Money: 1.5 million card numbers at risk from hack
In return, the cardholders and consumers are responsible for the abuse of the information. Consumers will be the eventual victims of identify theft. Why can't these firms be held more accountable for their own security failures?
If my locksmith gives away the key to my house, then he is responsible. If his shop is burglarized and someone steals keys with identification information attached to them, wouldn't the locksmith be held liable? Couldn't we at least sue the locksmith for damages? Yeah, but not financial institutions.