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Another Republican says ‘nada’ to Presidential run

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said early Sunday that he won’t run for president because of family considerations, narrowing the field in the race for the GOP nomination. “In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” the Republican said, disclosing his decision in an e-mail to supporters. “The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.” The e-mail, sent by the governor through Eric Holcomb, the Indiana Republican Party chairman and one of Daniels’ closest advisers, was confirmed by other others
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Netanyahu, Obama clash over borders

In a blunt display of differences, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of using his country’s 1967 boundaries as the basis for a neighboring Palestinian state on Friday, declaring his objections face-to-face to President Barack Obama who had raised the idea just 24 hours earlier in an effort to revive stalled Mideast peace talks. Though the two leaders, meeting in the Oval Office, found cordial and predictable agreement on the other central element that Obama outlined in his Mideast address Thursday — ironclad Israeli security alongside a Palestinian nation — progress on the bedrock issue of borders seemed
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Herman Cain: Another longshot launches Presidential bid

If there is an early crowd favorite in the Republican race for president, it may be Herman Cain. The businessman, author, talk radio show host and tea party darling knows how to wow a conservative gathering. Now the 65-year-old Cain will try to see if he can use that grass-roots enthusiasm to turn a long-shot presidential campaign into a realistic bid. He plans to announce his candidacy at a rally in Atlanta on Saturday, an announcement that’s hardly a secret. Cain has been crisscrossing the country for months now, his intentions abundantly clear. So are his views, espoused for years
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Pawlenty running for President

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press. The adviser, who disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity in advance of next week’s announcement, said Pawlenty will formally enter the race during a town hall-style event in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s choosing to make his long-expected bid official in a critical state in his path to the GOP nomination. Advisers acknowledge that Pawlenty, 50, must win or turn in
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Republicans: Obama screwed Israel

Republicans looking to unseat President Barack Obama charged that he undermined the sensitive and delicate negotiations for Middle East peace with his outline for resumed talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Obama, whom he served as U.S. ambassador to China until last month, undercut an opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to build trust. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Obama “threw Israel under the bus” and handed the Palestinians a victory even before negotiations between the parties could resume. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called it “the most dangerous speech ever made by an American
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Not raising debt limit hurts America

Not raising the U.S. debt ceiling would be bad for the economy and would force the government to default on either its bonds or domestic programs, the top White House economist said on Thursday. “It would not be good for the economy,” said Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. If the ceiling isn’t raised before early August, the government would have to default on its bonds, social security, Medicare or military pay, though he added it was impossible to say which one the United States would choose. “Which of those do you default on, what
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Sarah Palin’s racist political hypocrisy

Displaying the kind of political hypocrisy that can only came from the darling of one of the most racist political movements in political history, tea party centerfold Sarah Palin Wednesday accused Meet the Press host David Gregory of asking former Speaker of the House and GOP Presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich a “racist-tinged” question on the show last Sunday. Said Palin on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show: “Well, talk about racism, that was a racist-tingest question from David Gregory. He made it sound like if you’re black you’re on food stamps and the president is referring to you as being on
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It’s official: Newt’s campaign is doing drugs

OK. It’s official. The Gingrich campaign is doing drugs. Serious drugs. Nothing else can explain the hyperactive overreaction this week by Gingrich campaign press secretary Rick Tyler to a simple question about press coverage of the former speaker’s massive FUBAR on “Meet the Press” last Sunday. When Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post asked Tyler for a response, the press secretary for the Mouth that Roared fired back with this: The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness.
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Tight budget threatens defense programs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday that all military programs were on the table — including nuclear arms and the joint strike fighter — as the Pentagon tries to meet the president’s goal of cutting $400 billion in spending over 12 years. “If the political leadership of this country decides that it must reduce the investment in defense by hundreds of billions of dollars, then I don’t think we can afford to have anything that’s off the table,” Gates told a Pentagon news conference. The defense secretary, who leaves office at the end of June, said he opposed across-the-board
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IMF boss resigns amid sexual assault charges

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embattled managing director of International Monetary Fund, has resigned, saying he wanted to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York. The IMF’s executive board released a letter from the French executive Wednesday in which he denied the allegations lodged against him but said that with “sadness” he felt he must resign. He said he was thinking of his family and he wanted to protect the IMF. “It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the executive board my resignation from my post of managing
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