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Christie still to be convinced of 2012 run: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Chris Christie faces a deadline by week’s end to decide whether to launch a late run for president and appears to still be leaning against it, a Republican familiar with his discussions said Monday. The New Jersey governor has been wrestling with whether to enter the…

Critics savage Palin film as audiences stay away in droves

“The Undefeated”, a documentary about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opened in some theaters across the country this weekend and, if critics are to be believed, it is truly awful. Politico has a round-up of reviews, many of which feature the word “bombast” and include sentiments like this one, expressed…

Cash-flush Indiana to pay state workers one-time bonus

Cash-flush Indiana to pay state workers one-time bonus INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said on Friday that most state employees will receive a surprise bonus over the next few weeks, ranging from $500 to $1,000. The Republican made the announcement one day after the state’s auditor revealed that…

Poll: Bachmann rises among Republicans

WASHINGTON — Minnesota lawmaker Michele Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, has surged to second place among Republican presidential contenders, a poll said Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remains ahead of the pack, but Bachmann has “zoomed into second place,” more than doubling her support, said…

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signs same sex civil union legislation

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation into law Saturday that grants same sex couples all of the rights afforded to married couples, but without the historical and religious meaning associated with the word marriage. Chafee signed the bill despite expressing his concern that it treats the relationships of same…

Blagojevich guilty of trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat

Former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts Monday, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Prosecutors broke down the former governor’s case into five shakedown schemes, telling a mostly female jury that he was motivated by his…

Wisconsin cuts Planned Parenthood, denying 12,000 women needed care

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed a $66 billion budget yesterday that reduced funding for education and health care, cutting off all state and federal funding for nine Planned Parenthood clinics state-wide. Loss of the clinics, which provide preventative health screenings, reproductive education and abortion services, will leave over 12,000…

Blagojevich jury has verdict, deadlocked on two counts: attorney

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The jury in the second corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said on Monday it had reached a verdict on 18 of 20 counts, the court clerk and spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said. The verdict will be announced between 1 and 2 p.m.…

WATCH LIVE: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announces his 2012 presidential candidacy

Watch live as Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and President Obama’s first U.S. ambassador to China. makes official his run for the Republican nomination in 2012, courtesy of MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer event is ‘meant to convert non-Christians’: progressive group

The progressive advocacy group People For the American Way chastised Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday for his “inappropriate” plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

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