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Obama poll ratings dive as job speech looms

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s poll numbers crashed to new lows ahead of his crucial speech Thursday aimed at tackling zero US job growth and reviving his own political fortunes. Opinion polls revealed a mood of deep pessimism in the American electorate, amid high unemployment and economic anxiety, and suggested…

Gunman kills national guardsmen in Nevada diner shooting

LOS ANGELES — A gunman opened fire on a group of national guardsman at a Nevada restaurant Tuesday, killing three people before ending the breakfast-time rampage by turning the gun on himself. At least two of the dead were military personnel, according to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, who said…

Ron Paul’s latest ad slams Rick Perry as ‘Al Gore’s Texas cheerleader’

Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign released a new advertisement on Tuesday that attacks his rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his involvement in Al Gore’s 1988 presidential bid. The ad also highlights Paul’s early support for former President Ronald Reagan The 60-second spot will be aired in New Hampshire and…

Boehner and Cantor summon Obama to meeting before jobs speech

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) wrote President Barack Obama a letter Tuesday, Congress’ last day of recess, requesting that he meet with Republican leadership prior to his planned jobs speech to Congress Thursday. The letter focuses on Republican-led job efforts and what Boehner…

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…

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