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White House: U.S. would ‘consider’ staying in Iraq past 2011

The White House said Monday it would “consider” any Iraqi request for a US troop presence past 2011 as the war-torn country mourned the bloodiest violence in more than a year. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Washington’s “overall” posture “in terms of drawing down” was unchanged after the countrywide…

WATCH LIVE: Obama talks economy at town hall

President Barack Obama was expected to deliver remarks on jobs and the economy in Cannon Falls, Minn Monday. The event was scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Aug. 15, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

RNC attack on Obama’s bus tour ignores Bush’s political travel costs

The Republican National Committee released a tailored, satirical attack ad Monday as President Barack Obama began a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, focusing on jobs and the economy. The 11-page pdf masquerades as a press guide for what the RNC has dubbed “A Totally Non-Political, Taxpayer-Funded Administration Event That…

Perry: ‘I didn’t do my research’ on mandate for HPV vaccine

Facing questions in New Hampshire last weekend, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was confronted by someone wanting to know why he ordered all Texas girls to receive a series of injections to vaccinate them against human pappiloma virus (HPV), even without the completion of long term studies on the drug.…

Ron Paul rebukes Romney: Corporations are not people

In a verbal slap at former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) affirmed this weekend his belief that only individuals are people, contradicting Romney’s insistence that corporations are as well. Legally, Romney is right and Paul is wrong. Corporations have been endowed with the rights of individuals…

Study finds mean people earn more money

The phrase “Nice guys finish last” appears to be the case in who gets paid the most. According to a study by several researches, “agreeable” workers make significantly lower than their less agreeable counterparts, with the gap being wider among men. The study, titled “Do Nice Guys—and Gals—Really Finish Last?”,…

‘Cash for kids’ judge gets 28 year jail sentence

A former Pennsylvania judge who rendered guilty verdicts in exchange for over $1 million in kickbacks from a for-profit youth rehabilitation center will spend up to 28 years in prison, following his sentencing hearing last Thursday. Over the weekend, CNN sat down with the mother of one of his victims,…

Republicans Perry, Bachmann share stage in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (Reuters) – Two of the leading Republican candidates for president avoided confrontation on Sunday as they attended the same Iowa fund-raiser to court the party’s social and religious conservatives. Texas Governor Rick Perry, already seen as a leader in the field despite just entering the 2012 race on…

Obama’s approval rating hits record low

US President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has sunk below 40 percent for the first time, according to a new Gallup daily tracking poll. The survey, made public late Sunday, shows that 39 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance, while 54 percent disapprove. Both figures are the…

Obama to face economic woes on bus tour

US President Barack Obama sets out to shore up his fragile political standing Monday, launching a bus tour through key Midwestern states which will resonate with voter anxiety over the economy. Obama will spend three days trekking through Minnesota, Iowa and his adopted home state of Illinois, all of which…

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