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Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty formally announces 2012 campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty acknowledged on Monday that his presidential campaign will not match Republican rival Mitt Romney’s fund-raising prowess, saying his candidacy would be more like “a good solid Buick” than a BMW. Trailing in national opinion polls, Pawlenty hopes to become a leading candidate…

Scott Brown pivots, claims he’s against plan to kill Medicare

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has performed a complete 180 within the past two weeks, pivoting from praising the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to phase out Medicare to penning a Politico op-ed voicing his disapproval for the plan, according to Talking Points Memo. Brown, who is up for re-election in…

Survivor catches harrowing perspective on Missouri tornado

Have you ever lived through a major disaster? In the video below, one fortunate soul takes shelter in a convenience store with a crowd of strangers as a massive tornado passes by — revealing what it is like to be literally surrounded by death but survive the ordeal. Although there’s…

Exclusive: 2012 candidate Gary Johnson wants more Medicare cuts than the House GOP

WASHINGTON – Republican 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson believes the House Republican blueprint to replace Medicare with a subsidies system should cut even deeper, and he isn’t shy about saying so. “As president I would sign the plan into law, because it does move forward on the issue,” the former…

Utah legalizes use of gold, silver as currency

Utah this week became the first state to legalize the use of gold and silver coins as legal currency, the according to the Associated Press. Republican state Rep. Brad Galvez sponsored the bill, which also excludes gold and silver from capital gains taxes, as a protest against Federal Reserve policies.…

Texas to ban legal stimulant ‘bath salts’

A new type of synthetic stimulant drug masquerading as “bath salts” is on the verge of getting banned in the state of Texas after a number of highly publicized suicides caught the attention of a state lawmaker. The substance, taken as a legal stand-in for cocaine or methamphetamine, is usually…

Missouri tornado destruction chokes up Weather Channel reporter

The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes arrived in Joplin, Missouri minutes after a tornado devastated the area. Bettes became overcome with emotion while reporting on the aftermath. Watch this video from NBC’s Today Show, broadcast May 23, 2011. Watch this video on iPhone/iPad…

Strauss-Kahn will be cleared of sex crimes: lawyer

NEW YORK (AFP) – The lead attorney for ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has expressed confidence his client will be cleared of sexual assault and attempted rape charges leveled against him by a hotel chambermaid. The French politician, until recently considered a serious contender for France’s presidency, was holed up in…

Tornado rips through Missouri, death toll rises to 89

CHICAGO (AFP) – A massive tornado that swept through the Missouri town of Joplin has killed at least 89 people, the city manager announced early Monday. “We have 89 confirmed dead due to this tornado,” City manager Mark Rohr said in a statement. The tornado struck the town of Joplin…

Footage shows extent of tornado damage to Joplin, Missouri

A whopping 46 tornadoes touched down across the midwestern U.S. on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The most devastating hit Joplin, Missouri, leaving at least 89 people confirmed dead — a toll that’s expected to rise. In the footage below, a storm chaser catches a few brief images…

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