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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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Obama mixes punishment, praise in Mideast policy speech

In his first comprehensive response to revolts across the Arab world, President Barack Obama is doling out punishment and praise, targeting Syrian President Bashar Assad for attacking his people but also promising fresh U.S. aid to nations that support democracy. Obama is also trying to erase any doubt that the U.S. supports the call for change. Obama was expected to use his Middle East speech Thursday to sharply defend new sanctions on Assad as the U.S. government toughens its message for the repressive leader: Embrace democracy or get out. In a primary thrust of his address, Obama also was announcing
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Romney has everything — except GOP enthusiasm

Mitt Romney has all the trappings of a GOP presidential frontrunner except for one important thing: enthusiasm from party activists. Romney raised a remarkable $10.25 million on Monday; Republican officials from across the nation meeting the next day in Dallas mostly shrugged. In nearly two dozen interviews at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, no one fully embraced Romney, and several said they’d like to see other candidates enter the race. “A lot of Republicans are hoping someone new pops up,” said Kirby Wilbur, GOP chairman in Washington state. “He keeps having to figure out who he is,” a reference
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Coburn drops out of ‘Gang of Six’

A top Republican senator in the bipartisan “Gang of Six” seeking agreement on a plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade dropped out of the group on Tuesday, saying that his colleagues weren’t willing to cut enough from benefit programs like Medicare. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said he doesn’t see how the group can reach agreement and that he would stop participating in its discussions. “It’s got to be balanced. And I didn’t perceive where we were was balanced,” Coburn said. “I’m not planning on participating at this time,” he added. “If things change,
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