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Bachmann officially announces 2012 presidential bid

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann officially declared Monday that she was running for the Republican presidential nomination. “My name is Michele Bachmann. I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said. “I do so…

Supreme Court upends taxpayer-funded campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that “triggers” public funding of elections in Arizona in the event of a candidate being heavily outspent by an opponent awash with private funds. The vote was split 5-4, with the conservative majority ultimately winning out. The ruling declared public…

Only one ticket issued so far in New York parks smoking ban

The controversial smoking ban in New York City parks has been in place for just over a month now, and the Wall Street Journal reports that only one ticket has been issued for violating it. The one person who has been ticketed, according to the article, is a New York…

WATCH LIVE: Michele Bachmann enters the 2012 presidential race

Watch below as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) officially enters the 2012 Presidential race in Waterloo, Iowa, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Exclusive: Hackers unearth FBI report on ‘KopBusters’ filmmaker Barry Cooper

Computer hackers with the group “Lulz Security” have unearthed a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) intelligence assessment of Barry Cooper, the former Texas narcotics officer who turned against the drug war and began setting up hidden camera stunts looking to catch corrupt police in the act. The document, composed in…

Lexington, Kentucky ranked as most sedentary U.S. city

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Although it’s known for its beautiful horse farms and as the “Thoroughbred Capital of the World,” Lexington, Kentucky has gained a new distinction — as the most sedentary city in the United States. Along with Indianapolis in Indiana and Jackson, Mississippi it ranked among the…

French finance minister Lagarde poised to lead IMF

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde appeared poised to become the head of the International Monetary Fund this week despite a strong challenge to Europe’s traditional hold on the job. An informal survey by Reuters of voting countries indicated Lagarde would easily get the majority consensus…

Romney asks London hedge funds, bankers for financial support

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney takes his fund-raising machine to London next month, holding a reception aimed at wealthy American expatriates working at banks and hedge funds. A handful of London fund-raisers were held during the 2008 presidential election cycle, but Romney’s event, scheduled for July 6,…

Obama to meet U.S. senate leaders on debt talks

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet leaders of the US Senate Monday in an attempt to break the impasse over raising the country’s debt limit, with a deadline fast approaching. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned lawmakers they have until August 2 to raise the debt…

Poll surge boosts Bachmann to frontrunner status

WATERLOO, Iowa (AFP) – Michele Bachmann’s Republican presidential nomination bid received a boost with a poll showing her virtually tied with party frontrunner Mitt Romney in the key state of Iowa. The Iowa caucuses in early February are the first electoral event in the US presidential nomination process. They can,…

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