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Giuliani: GOP would be ‘truly desperate’ to nominate me

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took time out of discussion about the Sept. 11 anniversary Tuesday to evaluate his chances at getting the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. “I think if I were to run, I would have a chance of winning the presidency,” Giuliani said during remarks…

Majority of Americans want to completely replace Congress: poll

Results of a poll released Tuesday show that as summer turns to fall, the majority of Americans are longing to totally clean house (of Representatives). And Senate. Today’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 54 percent of Americans would vote out every single member of Congress, including their own, if…

Rep. Tammy Baldwin announces WI Senate run

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), an openly gay congresswoman, announced Tuesday that she would run for the seat Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) will vacate upon his retirement in 2012. Baldwin’s name has been floated as a Democratic contender for the seat since mid-May, when Kohl announced his retirement. If she won,…

Napolitano: Shoes will soon stay on at airport security

You will have one less inconvenience to deal with at the airport in the future. Homeland Security Security Janet Napolitano told Politico that air passengers will eventually not have to take off their shoes anymore while going through security checks. “We are moving towards an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we…

Texas cut fire department funding by 75 percent this year

Under Gov. Rick Perry (R) this year, Texas slashed state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires like the ones that have recently destroyed more than 700 homes. Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut…

Perry’s Super PACs may outspend Perry in 2012

Leaked internal budget and strategy documents for a Super PAC supporting Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Perry show that the committee is prepared to outspend the candidate they support. Make Us Great Again, the largest of several Super PACs supporting the Texas governor (in late August the group absorbed the Americans…

The world still thinks Americans are “coolest”: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – They may be witnessing their global superpower influence decline in the face of challenges from other emerging players on the world stage, but Americans have been voted the world’s “coolest nationality” in an international poll. Social networking site Badoo.com (www.badoo.com) asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to…

9/11 tribute as relics brought to Nixon library

YORBA LINDA, California — Hundreds attended a solemn 9/11 service Monday at the Nixon library in California, where a fire truck and mangled steel from the Twin Towers arrived to mark the anniversary. The foundation of the late former president Richard Nixon is hosting a series of events ahead of…

Leak case was linked to U.S. spying on Israel: report

WASHINGTON — An FBI translator was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking secret US wiretaps of the Israeli embassy to a blogger, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Prosecutors and even the judge were tight-lipped about the case, the first of a record five prosecutions of…

Texas wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

Wildfires destroyed at least 500 homes across Texas by Tuesday as authorities raced to evacuate residents and firefighters battled some of the worst blazes in the state’s history. The fires have been fanned by winds from a tropical depression that hit the southern United States over the weekend and have…

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