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Oct 26, 2011
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Cain takes the lead in GOP race – poll


Businessman Herman Cain has pulled ahead of Mitt Romney and now leads the field of 2012 Republican candidates, according to a new New York Times/ CBS News poll.

Cain has 25 percent support among Republican primary voters,  compared with 21 percent support for the former Massachusetts governor.

Oct 25, 2011

U.S. increases food aid to Horn of Africa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasing food aid to drought-hit and strife-torn Horn of Africa nations where millions of people are at risk of starvation and malnutrition, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

“I am pleased to announce that we are providing an additional $100 million, primarily in food assistance, for drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia,” Clinton said in remarks prepared for delivery at a U.N. World Food Program awards ceremony.

Oct 24, 2011
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“Birther” talk bubbles up again


The “birther” question rises again in a wide-ranging interview with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry in  “Parade.”

The Texas governor dismissed the questioning of whether President Barack Obama is a native-born U.S. citizen as a “distractive issue” — after responding to several questions about the issue.

Oct 18, 2011
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Cain in the spotlight


The spotlight burns a lot brighter when you’re the one leading the field (or tied for the lead).

Just ask Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has been under increasing scrutiny since his rise to the top of the polls.

Oct 11, 2011
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Perry video batters Romney with healthcare


In his latest campaign video, Texas Governor Rick Perry takes direct aim at Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney over healthcare.

The video casts the former Massachusetts governor as a mirror image of President Barack Obama when it comes to the federal healthcare overhaul, which conservatives deride as “Obamacare.”

Oct 11, 2011
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Some ‘Occupy DC’ protestors not happy with Obama either


By Lily Kuo

Protestors in the Washington arm of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement have another message for the 1 percent: Listen up, President Obama.

Several Republican presidential candidates have criticized the movement as anti-American, divisive, and “in search of scapegoats.” But many members of what has become known as Occupy DC are not warming up to the Democratic president either, a fact that could frustrate what analysts say are Obama’s hopes to co-opt a burgeoning movement representing average Americans.

Oct 6, 2011
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Palin’s 2012 plan: help others defeat Obama


“I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision…  But I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that really you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country,”  Sarah Palin said on Fox New after closing the door to a 2012 presidential campaign.

The former Alaska governor, and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, ended months and months of speculation on Wednesday by announcing her decision not to throw her hat into the ring.

Sep 29, 2011

US watchdog finds TARP paid questionable legal fees

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s bank
bailout program paid more than $9 million in legal fees to law
firms that submitted questionable bills with little or no
details on services provided, the agency’s watchdog said in a
report released on Thursday.

The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief
Program (SIGTARP) said auditors questioned $8.1 million of a
sampling of $9.1 million in bills from four law firms paid by
Treasury’s Office of Financial Stability (OFS).

Sep 28, 2011
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Palin asks whether ‘title’ worth joining 2012 race


Sarah Palin says the biggest thing she’s thinking about  as she decides whether or not to run for president  is whether a title would be a shackle and stifle her message.

“Through my process of decision-making with my family and my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination for 2012 – Is a title worth it?  Does a title shackle a person?” Palin said Tuesday night on the  Fox News show “On the Record.”

Sep 28, 2011
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Team Bachmann lays out “Path to Victory”


From victory in the Iowa straw poll to lesser rival in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Michele Bachmann may be down but don’t count her out.

The Minnesota Representative is right on track on her “Path to Victory” that began with her win in Iowa, Team Bachmann Campaign Manager Keith Nahigian says in a video outlining the campaign strategy.

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