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Bachmann shines while Pawlenty dims

They are both from Minnesota but Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s combative style seems to be scoring better than the Midwestern nice guy approach of former governor Tim Pawlenty in the Republican presidential race. Bachmann, a third-term Congresswoman from a St. Paul suburb, announced her presidential intentions during a New Hampshire debate. She then proceeded to bash President Barack Obama’s health care reforms and raise doubts about U.S. support of Libyan rebels. Pawlenty, meanwhile, stumbled. He made “Minnesota Nice” and demurred from criticizing Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney directly, admitting later that he should have been more forceful. A national poll of Republican
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Are Obama and Boehner up to par on issues?

Six months in the making, a much anticipated golf game between two of the world’s most powerful people will unfold on a military base whose location was a closely guarded secret as tee time approached Saturday. The big question was not who would win or lose. Instead it was whether 18 holes of golf could possibly give President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner enough time to hash out their substantial policy differences on everything from the debt to U.S. military involvement in Libya. Probably not. But aides to both men say the time Obama and Boehner will spend
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Giffords returns to her hometown

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lost little time after her release from the hospital in returning to her hometown, visiting Tucson for Father’s Day for the first time since shortly after she was gravely wounded in a shooting rampage in January. “We’ve been dreaming of this trip for some time,” Giffords’ astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, said in a news release Friday. “Gabby misses Tucson very much and her doctors have said that returning to her hometown could play an important role in her recovery.” Kelly said the trip “is sure to be very emotional” and hopes the news media respects their privacy.
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‘Bye bye pervert’ salutes Weiner’s resignation

Nearly three weeks after Rep. Anthony Weiner accidentally tweeted a photo of his bulging crotch, his final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity. Instead, heckling and catcalls disrupted his news conference, creating a noisy, circus-like atmosphere that overshadowed the main event. It was an ungracious end, a fitting metaphor for the troubled congressman’s career. Weiner had gone from the halls of Congress to the front pages of the New York tabloids, providing ceaseless fodder as cringe-worthy evidence of his sexually charged online dalliances leaked out and top Democrats pushed for his resignation. On Thursday afternoon, the
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Sex addiction: Is it for real?

Addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling can destroy lives, but less well known and more controversial is the overwhelming need for sexual satisfaction so intense that psychologists compare it to crack cocaine. Representative Anthony Weiner stepped down from Congress under pressure from fellow Democrats, including President Barack Obama, after he admitted to “sexting” in which he sent lewd pictures of himself to young women. He said he was seeking treatment for an unspecified problem. Golfer Tiger Woods checked into an unspecified rehabilitation center for treatment after admitting to a number of extramarital affairs. Actor David Duchovny, star of “Californication,” is
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GOP Presidential wannabes invade the South

As Republicans gather deep in the conservative South to hear from the party’s presidential candidates, they’ll also be sending a not-so-subtle message to President Barack Obama — this is GOP territory. No fewer than five GOP hopefuls were appearing at the four-day Republican Leadership Conference, planning to introduce themselves to activists, operatives and donors who have not yet rallied behind a candidate in the volatile primary race. And from the early moments, it was clear any criticism of Obama would earn applause. “He is a national secular European socialist. He believes in the government,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
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Poll hands out bad news for everyone

A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll is bad news for everybody: Democrats, Republicans, President Barack Obama and the ever-growing field of those who want to deny him a second term. National gloom stands at an all-time high with most Americans believing the country  is headed in the wrong direction and headed at full speed into another recession. “The public is incredibly pessimistic about the future,” says Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster who teams with Republican Bill McInturff to conduct the poll for the network and business newspaper. McInturff says President Obama “is still in for a difficult race.” Obama’s poll
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Obama’s Libya report fails to soothe an angry Congress

The White House is vigorously defending President Barack Obama’s right to keep the U.S. military engaged in Libya without seeking congressional approval, a move that appears to have done little to soothe anger among Republican lawmakers and anti-war Democrats over the president’s consultations with Congress during the nearly three month-long campaign. In a report sent to Congress on Wednesday, administration officials argued that because the U.S. is in a supporting role in the NATO-led bombing mission, American forces are not facing the “hostilities” that would require the president to seek congressional approval under the War Powers Resolution. That 1973 law
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House Dems set to meet on Weiner mess

House Democratic leaders are planning to meet Thursday to consider the next step in handling the scandal embroiling Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has resisted calls to resign in the midst of a sexting scandal that has been a major distraction for his party for nearly three weeks. The scandal got even stranger Wednesday, when a former porn actress who exchanged emails and messages with Weiner said he asked her to lie about their interactions Weiner has acknowledged sending sexually explicit messages and suggestive photos of himself to various women and then lying about it. The New York congressman has taken
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Porn star: ‘Weiner told me to lie’

A porn actress said on Wednesday that embattled Representative Anthony Weiner asked her to lie about their email relationship in the hope an Internet sex scandal surrounding him would die down. Ginger Lee, who is also a stripper, said her exchanges with the Democratic lawmaker from New York began with political discussions of abortion rights and healthcare but Weiner kept trying to sexualize the conversation. She said she never reciprocated his lewd messages. Weiner denied for more than a week that he sent a close-up photo of himself in boxer briefs to a woman in Seattle on May 28, claiming
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