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Obama Pushes for More Gay and Lesbian Rights Abroad

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) -- The White House will begin taking a harder look at its allies' treatment of gays and lesbians when reviewing decisions about foreign aid.

In introducing the new policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a conference in Geneva Tuesday, "Gay rights are human rights."

President Obama will direct all U.S. agencies abroad to make certain diplomacy and aid programs "promote and protect" the rights of homosexuals.

The new policy could affect aid to certain governments in the Middle East and Africa now receiving large amounts of U.S. backing.  For instance, same-sex activities are forbidden in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while gays and lesbians can be executed in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the new policy should not be misconstrued since "We are not talking about cutting aid or tying aid, but we are talking about using all of our tools, including assistance, to translate our principles into action."

But Republicans have already come out swinging.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said, “Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money."

Perry claimed the president is, "at war with people of faith in this country.  Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong."

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Mexican Presidential Candidate Has His Own Rick Perry ‘Oops’ Moment

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(GUADALAJARA, Spain) -- Apparently Rick Perry’s now-famous brain freeze was felt across the Mexican border.

If you thought the Texas governor’s “oops” moment at last month’s GOP debate in Michigan was the worst case you’ll see in a presidential race this year, there’s a new contender: Enrique Pena Nieto's lapse last weekend at a press conference at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

When asked what three books had influenced him the most in his personal and political life, a question that even audience members described as “facil” (easy), Pena Nieto stumbled and bumbled his way through an answer that was filled with mistakes and at times virtually incoherent.

Pena Nieto said he read “parts of” the Bible as a child and then cited a number of novels, at one point asking for help in recalling the names of the authors, help he sorely needed since he incorrectly identified some of them.

“When I read books the titles don’t really sink in,” he acknowledged.

At least Perry blanked on the names of the three federal agencies that he would eliminate as president, not on something as basic as his favorite books, but both gaffes are likely to haunt the candidates.

If Pena Nieto -- who leads in the polls -- and Perry -- who trails far behind current Republican frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich -- both manage to emerge victorious in their respective elections, the two would inevitably end up working together. Last week in New Hampshire Perry even said that if he were elected president, he would request a meeting with the Mexican president-elect to discuss the relationship between the two neighboring countries.

A few reporters snickered: if a Perry-Pena Nieto meeting did take place, would the two be able to remember what topics to discuss?

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GOP Candidates: Obama Took Too Long to Condemn Syria's Assad

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House probably expected that the three top GOP candidates for president wouldn't have anything positive to say about Thursday's decision to call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's resignation.

And those expectations proved true.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann all accused President Obama of taking too long to condemn the Syrian dictator as Syrians continue to die after months of deadly crackdowns on Assad's political opponents.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, Perry said the president's action was "long overdue" because al-Assad not only threatens his own people but also "the security and stability of the entire Middle East."

Romney was no less critical, asserting, "It has taken President Obama far too long to speak out forcefully against Assad and his vicious crackdown in Syria."

He blamed the president for using the word "reformer" to describe the Syrian leader early on in the crisis, which Romney alleged emboldened al-Assad.

Meanwhile in South Carolina, Bachmann mused that "better late than never" is the wrong way to conduct foreign policy.  She added there has been not enough force used to pressure al-Assad to stop killing his own people.

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