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Bloomberg on Presidency: ‘No way, no how’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed up on Meet the Press Sunday and host David Gregory handed down the standard question: “Will you for President?” Blumenthal churned out the usual answer: “No way, no how.” Politicians with Presidential ambitions usually deny any plans to seek the big job. Then many of them do. As a novice Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama was asked if he planed a run for President. “No way,” he said. “No how.” Sound familiar?
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Palin will run for President if she feels she has the ‘best shot’

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said in an interview she would run for US president if she has the “best shot” on the right, and expressed confidence that she could beat Barack Obama. But the Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice-presidential candidate said she was still mulling the “lay of the land” ahead of 2012 presidential polls. “I will run for president if I believe that I have the best shot to win the race,” she said in a TV interview with ABC‘s Barbara Walters. “I would run if I believe that other candidates willing to put themselves forward
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Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Family and friends of Elizabeth Edwards recalled her Saturday as an idealistic law student who challenged professors, a political sage who offered advice at every turn and a matriarch who comforted her family even as she was dying of breast cancer. Edwards’ funeral drew hundreds to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where she once mourned her 16-year-old son, Wade, after he died in a car crash in 1996. She was to be buried next to him during a private ceremony. Speakers reflected on a multi-faceted personality: Edwards, 61, was an intellectual who frequented discount clothing stores like T.J. Maxx, she
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Obama aide: Opponent? What opponent?

President Barack Obama’s chief political adviser says he doesn’t think the president will face a primary challenge in 2012. David Axelrod tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he sees “strong support” for Obama among Democrats. Axelrod says Democrats realize that Obama is “fighting hard, trying hard” to move the country ahead and that his administration already has accomplished a lot. Axelrod does say that until the economy has recovered and the unemployment rate goes down, “you’re going to have static out there politically.” He says the “biggest lament” he hears from Democrats is “you’ve done so much, how come
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Judge to Joe Miller: Give it up. It’s over.

Another Alaska judge told Tea Party loser Joe Miller to pack it in and admit defeat to Sen. Lisa Murkowski Friday with another rejection of Miller’s “ever say die” lawsuit challenging his loss to a write-in candidate. But no one is yet sure Miller will recognize the lunacy of his continued battle and admit defeat. Superior Court Judge William B. Carey said the state acted within the law when it counted votes for Murkowski’s write-in votes even if the write-in did not include both the candidate’s first and last names. Casey said Miller’s arguments were “unsupported” and said that even
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Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal. Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public life but shared her story and advocated for health-care reform. “We can look at that face of courage and realize we can have that, too,” said Darlene Gardner, 62, who runs a cancer support group and founded a store in Cary that provides wigs and
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Vote recount returns control of New York Senate to GOP

Republicans will regain control of the New York Senate after a recount completed Saturday handed control of a key seat on Long Island to the GOP candidate. The final vote tally gave Republican Jack Martins a narrow win over Democratic Sen. Craig Johnson in the 7th Senate District. Johnson says he will appeal. Democrats went into the November elections with a 32-30 Senate majority. They have controlled that chamber for two tumultuous years. Justice Ira Warshawsky (war-SHAW’-skee) finished the recount Saturday morning, which gives the GOP a majority of at least two seats. A recount is still going on in
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Palin doesn’t know difference between North & South Korea

Sarah Palin is drawing criticism from around the world after declaring that the United States has to stand with “our North Korean allies.” Palin’s gaffe, made Wednesday during an interview on Glenn Beck‘s syndicated radio show, was quickly corrected by her host. But it drew immediate fire from liberal bloggers, who cited it as an example of the 2008 vice presidential candidate’s lack of foreign policy expertise. Newspapers in Asia and Europe are repeating the criticism. The Times of India says Palin “did it again,” while London’s Daily Mail says she “may want to brush up on her geography.” The
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Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Thirty years ago, a vote like the one just decided in the university town of Bowling Green, OH, wouldn’t have happened; gay-rights activism hadn’t taken root across most of America. Thirty years hence, such votes may seem a historical curiosity in a time of equality for gays. Right now, though, the gay rights movement is at a tipping point, as epitomized by Bowling Green’s divisive referendum on extending anti-discrimination protections to gays. The vote was so close that it took three extra weeks to determine whether the two measures passed. Nationally, gay-rights supporters and their conservative opponents are trading victories
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Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Sarah Palin, the telegenic Republican who exasperates and delights voters about equally, is dropping ever more hints of a presidential bid, including a visit Saturday to the key state of Iowa. The official purpose of her trip to suburban Des Moines is to promote her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.” But Democratic and Republican insiders will search for every possible hint of whether she will seek the nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, has fed such speculation in recent days. She told
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