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Mike Huckabee not running in 2012, ‘My heart says no’

In an announcement on his Fox News show tonight, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has said that he will not be running for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential race. Huckabee teased out the publicity around his decision for as long as he could, tiptoeing around the question in…

Taliban attack government buildings in Afghanistan, 2 dead

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban unleashed a coordinated wave of attacks on government targets in the key southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding 29. President Hamid Karzai charged that the violence was “revenge” for this week’s killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin…

Taliban launches key attacks on Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks including six suicide bombings on government targets in the major southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday, leaving at least 14 people wounded. Militants with guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched an assault on the governor’s office, and ten explosions including…

Only five GOP presidential hopefuls to debate on Fox News

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopefuls were set Thursday to hold their kick-off debate of the 2012 race, but most of the high-profile candidates likely rivals sitting out the event. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Absent. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney? Not there. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee? Nope.…

Decisive majority reject Palin, Trump presidential bids

(Reuters) – Nearly 60 percent of Americans would never support a Republican presidential bid by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin or real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, according to a new poll on Wednesday. Trump, who has been testing the waters for a possible 2012 run for…

Ex-Illinois governor Blagojevich faces second corruption trial

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich goes on trial on Wednesday for a second time on charges he sold his office, including attempts to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Finding an impartial jury could be complicated by Blagojevich loudly proclaiming prosecutors were unfairly limiting evidence, as well as publicity…

Poll: Trump becomes the GOP’s 2012 frontrunner

Billionaire real estate mogul and television star Donald Trump leads all other likely Republican contenders for the presidency in 2012 by nearly double-digits, survey data released Thursday showed. Even though the 2012 campaigns have only just gotten underway, for months now pollsters have been unable to point out a clear…

Pawlenty announces presidential run, campaign denies it

WASHINGTON – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, announced Tuesday he was making a 2012 run for the White House, though his campaign later downplayed the move. “I’m running for president,” Pawlenty told CNN in an interview to air later Tuesday. “I’m not putting my hat in the ring…

Afghan president orders NATO killing probe

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the deaths of six people in a raid by NATO forces over conflicting claims that they were civilians or insurgents. On Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) raided a house in the northern province of Sari…

After critical media reports, Walker demotes lobbyist’s son

The 27-year-old son of a major supporter of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been demoted after critical media reports revealed that the embattled Republican had given the young man an $81,000-a-year job in his administration, even over more qualified candidates. Walker’s office told area media that Brian Deschane would be…

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