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Dismal fundraising month for Democrats

The Democratic National Committee raised only about $5.5 million in August, its worst fundraising month of the year, down from $6.7 million in July, according to figures provided by Democratic officials on Saturday and Federal Election Commission filings. The low fundraising figure for August was confirmed by a senior Democratic official, who said it would not be officially disclosed until September 20. Both the DNC and President Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign were forced to curtail fundraising during the summer because of the protracted and acrimonious negotiations with Congressional Republicans over the national debt, which led Obama to cancel fundraisers around
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DNC launches Obama jobs ad blitz

The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign in politically key states to try and rally the public behind President Barack Obama‘s new jobs plan and pressure a divided Congress to act. The television ads show portions of Obama’s speech to Congress last week promoting the $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending. They urge viewers to “Read it. Fight for it. … Pass the President’s Jobs Plan.” The spots were to begin airing Monday and are the first round in an effort that will last several weeks, said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse. “The president has a
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Remembering September 11, 2001

  The morning of September 11, 2001, dawned clear and crisp. A bright, blue sky overhead as I drove into Washington, DC, headed for the State Department for a routine assignment shooting a ceremonial function: a quiet routine day. Or so I thought. Shortly after 9:30 a.m., the Blackberry on my belt, vibrated, signalling the arrival of a new email. The short message read: “Explosion. Pentagon.” I loaded my gear back into my Jeep Wrangler and headed for the 14th Street Bridge, only to find it closed, so I turned towards Southeast DC. knowing I would have to cross over
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Are U.S. citizens planning 9/11 terror attacks?

Al-Qaida may have sent American terrorists or men carrying U.S. travel documents to launch an attack on Washington or New York to coincide with memorials marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, government officials say. One U.S. official says al-Qaida dispatched three men, at least two of whom could be U.S. citizens, to detonate a car bomb in one of the cities. Should that mission prove impossible, the attackers have been told to simply cause as much destruction as they can. Word that al-Qaida had ordered the mission reached U.S. officials midweek. A CIA informant who has proved reliable in the
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Time running out for Sarah Palin

The clock is ticking for Sarah Palin, and her time is almost up. With Mitt Romney and Rick Perry taking control of a quickly shifting Republican presidential campaign, Palin may have already missed her best chance for a late entry in the race. “I think the window for Palin is closed, and every second that ticks off the clock things get more and more difficult for her,” said Craig Robinson, a former state party political director who runs the Iowa Republican website. “People are really ready to say this is our field of candidates, these are the people we have
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U.S. on alert over terror threat

President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a redoubling of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the face of a “credible but unconfirmed” threat ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the threat involved Washington D.C. and New York City, which were targeted in al Qaeda attacks a decade ago this Sunday that killed nearly 3,000 people. A counter-terrorism official said intelligence pointed to possible car bomb attacks and added the threat information came from Pakistan’s tribal areas. A manhunt was underway for two or three suspects, who one
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Obama pitches jobs plan

Wasting no time, President Barack Obama is pitching to the public his $447 billion jobs program of tax cuts and new spending after bluntly telling Congress to “stop the political circus” and fix the economy. But that doesn’t mean Republicans are buying. “The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday after Obama, in a nationally televised address to Congress, laid out an agenda that leaned heavily on payroll tax cuts to put money into the economy. “We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. “It’s my hope that we can
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Republicans on ‘super committee’ want tax reform

The congressional “super committee” on deficit reduction should consider comprehensive tax reform, two Republican members of the panel said on Thursday at the bipartisan committee’s first meeting. Representatives David Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, along with Senator Rob Portman said such reform could be a key to bringing down the deficit and spur economic growth. Related articles Republicans push tax reform in U.S. deficit panel (business.financialpost.com) Tax reform could be too big for super committee (money.cnn.com) Deficit super committee kicks off first meeting (cbsnews.com) House Democrats eye super committee tax options (huffingtonpost.com)
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Can Michelle Bachmann jump start her fading campaign?

Republican Michele Bachmann‘s presidential campaign fell just as quickly as it rose. Now, she’s looking to Iowa — at the expense of other early voting states — to get back on track. It’s a strategy of necessity for the Minnesota congresswoman. A victory in Iowa this winter would keep her afloat in the GOP nomination fight; a loss would almost certainly end her bid. “We know that when Michele is in Iowa, she wins,” said Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson. “If she’s here, she’ll win Iowa.” That explains why, starting this weekend, Bachmann plans to campaign almost exclusively in
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Perry, Romney go after each other in GOP debate

Quick to tangle, Republican presidential rivals Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred vigorously over job creation and Social Security Wednesday night in a feisty campaign debate that marked a contentious new turn in the race to pick a 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama. Far more than in earlier GOP debates this summer, the candidates mixed it up in their first faceoff since Perry entered the race and almost instantly overtook Romney as front-runner in opinion polls. Those two — as well as other contenders on stage — sniped at one another, contradicted allegations and interrupted media questioners to demand
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