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Ron Paul retiring from Congress to seek presidency

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After 24 years of public life, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said Tuesday he will resign his post in the U.S. House of Representatives to fully devote himself to a presidential run.

“Big news!” a post to Paul’s official Facebook page declared. “I have decided not to seek re-election for my House seat in 2012 and will focus all of my energy winning the Presidency. My hometown newspaper The Facts will be running the exclusive story very shortly.”

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Paul, who also sought the presidency in 2008 but did not resign his House seat, told The Facts that he wanted to give others a chance to consider running for his seat, rather than waiting until the 2012 Republican primaries were fully underway.

During his last presidential campaign, Paul set Internet fundraising records and constantly surprised his critics with strong online and in-person support and a consistently energized base of supporters. He believes the same can be accomplished in 2012, and that his chances of winning the Republican nomination are better than ever.

A recent Iowa poll of likely Republican voters found Paul had captured about 6 percent, just above Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and well below frontrunners Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Mitt Romney.

A similar poll of Texas Republicans found Paul with more support than Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), by a margin of 22 percent to 17 percent, with Romney, Rep. Bachmann, Gingrich and the rest trailing significantly.

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Shocking photos document the devastating flooding pummeling San Francisco

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San Francisco was battered by a heavy winter storm on Saturday that caused localized flooding throughout the city.

"A low pressure system off the Northern California coast Saturday hurled bans of strong downpours into the Bay Area, triggering a flood warning for San Francisco," KPIX-TV reported.

"San Francisco Muni officials tweeted that train service between West Portal to Embarcadero Station had been shut down due to flooding. Several streets were flooded in San Francisco’s western neighborhood including knee-high water at 15th Ave and Wawona," the station noted.

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North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report

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North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.

"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.

The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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#UPDATE North Korea conducts a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reports, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked https://t.co/abYhRDvBic pic.twitter.com/neCYEQTEhf

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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