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“A new round of Daily Kos/Public Policy Polling (D) numbers for the Wisconsin recalls, conducted over the past weekend in four out of the six Republican-held seats on the ballot Tuesday, show these contests headed down to the wire. Democrats have a clear lead in one race, Republicans in another, and the other two in statistical dead heats.”
“President Obama in a somber address to the nation Monday sought to summon Americans’ strength and perseverance as stocks continued in a 500-point free fall in the first trading day after Standard & Poor’s rating service downgraded the nation’s creditworthiness.
“Markets will always rise and fall,” Obama told the nation. “No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a AAA country.”
For all the troubles the U.S. faces, Obama said, the country continues to have the best universities, most productive workers, and “the determination to shape our future.” “
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“Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday that since Congress has failed to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law, he will begin granting waivers that exempt states from some of its mandates. But House Republicans complained that the secretary should have waited for Congress.”
“Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea-Party darling who has made a name for himself on the talk show circuit lecturing Democrats to get the nation’s finances in order, has been under fire in recent weeks over charges that he’s a deadbeat dad, owing more than $100,000 in child support.
Last Thursday, Walsh told constituents at a townhall that he plans to “privately and legally” fight his ex-wife’s claims that he owes more than $100,000 in child support, which he called “wildly inaccurate.” A recent Chicago Sun-Times article reported that his ex-wife is suing him for $117,000 in unpaid support.
Yet, even if he owes just $10,000 in unpaid child support, Walsh could face the added headache of House Ethics Committee scrutiny. Walsh, who was elected in 2010 in a narrow victory over former Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) in the Tea Party-induced wave, does not list any child support debt on his financial disclosure form, as required for any liability worth more than $10,000. “
GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates
Donald Trump Rambles On And On About U.S. Economy, Debt And China (VIDEO)
Cain’t Win: Herman Cain Takes Weeklong Beating From Conservatives After Apologizing To Muslims
Rick Perry’s Immigration Journey Could Haunt Presidential Race
Michele Bachmann’s Radical Reading List
Anti-Government Spending Crusader Rick Perry Accepted More Than $80,000 In Farm Subsidies
Bachmann Disavows Pro-Union Bill She Sponsored To Help Firefighters And Police Officers
Santorum’s Message To People Who Can’t Afford Health Care Costs: Lower Your Cell Phone Bill
Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Improving In Crucial States
“Last week, the Seventh Circuit struck down Wisconsin’s “Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act,” which, as the name suggests, prohibits transgendered prisoners from receiving hormone therapy and other medical treatments which cause their physical characteristics to match their gender identity. Significantly, the court rooted its decision in the Eighth Amendment’s bar on cruel and unusual punishment, which establishes that “[r]efusing to provide effective treatment for a serious medical condition serves no valid penological purpose and amounts to torture.””
“Last month, the Republic, Missouri school system banned Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer after a Missouri State University professor complained that the novels teach principles “contrary to the Bible.” Inspired by the nonsensical gesture, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis is donating a free copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to 150 of the school’s students, “thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor.” “
“On Friday, Wells Fargo disclosed that it had agreed to pay $590 million to settle class-action lawsuits brought by investors concerning bonds sold by Wachovia, which Wells Fargo acquired in October 2008.
Among the claims in the suits: That Wachovia misrepresented the quality of a mortgage portfolio it bought from Golden West Financial, a California-based savings and loan. “
“BERLIN (Reuters) – The Berlin Wall is making a comeback. A half century after it was built and two decades after its demise, a few bits of the Wall that once split Berlin into East and West are being reinstated for posterity to the delight of tourists seeking a glimpse of the city’s Cold War history.”
“British donations to tackle the drought crisis in east Africa have yet to match the levels reached by previous appeals, a problem exacerbated by the large scale of the crisis, figures released by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) reveal.”
“LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron was to hold crisis talks on Tuesday after three nights of riots, looting and arson by masked, hooded youths that wrecked shopping streets in many parts of London and spread to other cities.”
“PASADENA, CA—Groundbreaking new findings announced Monday suggest the record-setting heat wave plaguing much of the United States may be due to radiation emitted from an enormous star located in the center of the solar system.
Scientists believe the star, which they have named G2V65, may in fact be the same bright yellow orb seen arcing over the sky day after day, and given its extreme heat and proximity to Earth, it is likely not only to have caused the heat wave, but to be responsible for every warm day in human history.”
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