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Oregon Dem sees tough road for Obama reelection in liberal state

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) may represent a very blue district in a blue state, but the dean of the Oregon congressional delegation does not see sunny skies for President Barack Obama in the rainy Pacific Northwest for 2012. DeFazio has 14 town halls scheduled in his district during the recess,…

Separating fact from fiction on U.S. economic myths

by Michael Grabell, ProPublica With the recent Iowa straw poll and President Obama’s bus tour, Americans are hearing a cacophony of arguments about the wobbly economy. The federal stimulus package passed in 2009 was either a deficit-busting failure full of wasteful projects or an unparalleled rescue that would have been…

Florida teacher admits calling same sex marriage a ‘cesspool’

A former Florida teacher of the year has been temporarily reassigned while the school district investigates if his anti-gay comments on Facebook violate the ethics code. Mount Dora High School teacher Jerry Buell provided Fox News Radio with the comments that he says got him in so much trouble. “I’m…

Gifts given to Perry include thousands of dollars of cowboy boots: report

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has spent decade-plus in public office — and the requisite public records and disclosures that come along with those years — have given the media and voters plenty to inspect about the contender for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination. The latest intriguing tidbit: records of…

Florida’s welfare drug testing costs more than it saves

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to test welfare recipients for drugs is costing the state money, despite his claims that the program would actually save tax dollars. A WFTV investigation found that out of the 40 recipients tested by Department of Central Florida’s (DCF) region, only two resulted in…

Perry ignores public data to insist stimulus did not create jobs

During an appearance in New Hampshire on Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) told a crowd of potential supporters that the Recovery Act “didn’t create any jobs, as far as I can tell.” The comment is another in a long line of denials by the governor that billions of dollars…

Feingold says he won’t run for office in 2012

Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold will not run for public office in 2012, he says in today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. According to the report, Feingold’s election year plans are to continue teaching law full-time at Marquette University Law School, to work with his campaign finance reform PAC, and to finish the…

O’Donnell: CNN interview was ‘borderline sexual harassment’

Explaining why she walked out on a CNN interview earlier this week, failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell insisted that she was running late for another event, adding that his line of questioning made her very uncomfortable, broaching on “borderline sexual harassment.” During the interview, O’Donnell appeared to draw the line…

Obama 2012 team would prefer to run against Rick Perry

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry has at least some supporters in the Democratic stronghold of Chicago — President Barack Obama’s re-election team. The Texas governor, a social and fiscal conservative, is seen by Obama’s top election fundraisers, supporters and senior Democrats close to the campaign as…

Army to develop next-generation combat vehicle

WASHINGTON — The US Army has said it had awarded nearly $900 million in contracts to British arms manufacturer BAE Systems and US firm General Dynamics to develop its next-generation ground combat vehicle. The Pentagon said it had given $450 million to BAE and $440 million to General Dynamics to…

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