- - Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Mitt Romney says “monster” is not a word he would use to describe President Obama.

The Republican presidential candidate was responding to an audience member who referred to Mr. Obama that way at a Romney event Wednesday in Bowling Green.

The self-described “angry mom” rose during the town-hall event to say her son’s small business is suffering because of the economy. Referring to Mr. Obama, she said her son’s troubles are, in her words, “all because of what this monster has done to this country.”

Mr. Romney jumped in and said he wouldn’t use that term to describe his Democratic opponent.

Earlier this year, Mr. Romney was criticized for not challenging another questioner who suggested Mr. Obama should be tried for treason.


Lawmaker: Muslim sensitivity paralyzed FBI in Hasan case

In emails to a known terrorist, the man charged with killing 13 people in a 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas, expressed his support for suicide bombings and killing civilians — glaring signs that the FBI did not act on but should have, a lawmaker briefed on a new report on the rampage said Wednesday.

Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan told the U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — a man well-known to the U.S. intelligence community — that he advocated using suicide bombers and that he believed it was OK to kill civilians, Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican, told the Associated Press.

Al-Awlaki, who later was killed in Yemen in a U.S. drone strike, told Maj. Hasan in an email that the Army psychiatrist should keep the terrorist’s contact information handy,  Mr. McCaul said.

But the agents on the FBI’s Washington anti-terrorism task force thought the issue of a Muslim soldier talking to extremists was too sensitive to bring up with the Defense Department, Mr. McCaul said the report found.

“It shows you the length of the political correctness stuff going on,” Mr. McCaul said after he was briefed on the findings of the independent review Wednesday. The FBI is expected to release an unclassified version of the report this week, Mr. McCaul said.


Scalia denies rumors of feud with Roberts

Justice Antonin Scalia says he hasn’t had a “falling out” with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. over the Supreme Court’s landmark 5-4 decision validating much of President Obama’s health care overhaul.

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