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Perry, Palin, and Polls: The GOP Primary’s Wild Weekend

“Saturday is easily the most important day of the Republican primaries so far as the candidates face a major test in Iowa — and a new challenger enters the arena.

The bulk of the field has been gathered in Iowa all week mingling with locals and noshing on corn dogs as crowds of national reporters follow their every move. The big show is Saturday afternoon as candidates make their final appeal for votes in the Ames Straw Poll, with the ballots closing at 4 PM.”

GOP 2012 Republican Candidates
Financial Forms Show Romney’s Fortune Is More Than $190 Million
Wasserman Schultz Blasts Romney’s Assertion That Corporations Are People: ‘Is Exxon Mobil A Person?’
Perry to go head to head with Romney
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Gingrich Rebuts GOP Talking Point On Taxes: ‘Virtually Everybody Pays Taxes’
Gay Man Challenges Pawlenty On Opposition To Marriage Equality: ‘Do You Think I’m A Second Class Citizen?’
Rick Perry Says Social Security And Medicare Are Unconstitutional
Rand Paul Rushes To Romney’s Defense: ‘All Of Us AreCorporations’
Think Progress: Iowa debate liveblog
GOP contenders engage in feisty debate, blasting each other, Obama
The Lone Star State Beginnings Of Rick Perry
Read More: Obama Heads To Iowa Just Days After Republicans Leave

11th Circuit: Health Care Law’s Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

“In a split decision, a three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the health care law’s individual mandate exceeds Congress’ Commerce Clause powers and is therefore unconstitutional. However, unlike the district court ruling preceding this case, the judges found the mandate to be “severable” and thus holds that the rest of the law can stand.”

Read More: The Eleventh Circuit’s Affordable Care Act Decision Cannot Be Squared With The Constitution
Read More: Commentary: Overturns 60 years of precedent

Who’s Really Responsible For U.S. Debt Downgrade

“Now that Standard & Poors has confirmed that the chorus of default doubters in the GOP was part of what spooked them into downgrading the U.S. credit rating, Republicans will do all they can to pretend that they never questioned the risk of missing payment obligations, or allowing borrowing authority to lapse. But they sure did! Here’s a long, partial timeline of influential Republicans either vouchsafing default, or downplaying the consequences of passing the August 2 deadline without raising the debt limit.”

Read More: After Triggering Downgrade, Debt Default Skeptics Try To Run From Their Records — But They Can’t

Poll: Only 34 Percent Of Americans Could Find $1,000 In Their Savings Accounts

“When asked where they would turn if they needed $1,000 in cash fast, only 34 percent of Americans would look to their savings accounts for the money, according to a recent online poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling”

Alabama Congressman Defends Big Oil Tax Breaks To Angry Constituents

“Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) defended tax breaks for extremely profitable oil companies at a town hall meeting Thursday night as his constituents questioned how to reduce the nation’s deficit. According to the Florence Times-Daily, “Brooks said ending the breaks […] or increasing taxes on the companies would result in higher consumer prices because the additional costs would be passed on.””

Debt ‘Supercommittee’ Members’ Top Political Contributors Scrutinized

“The congressional supercommittee faces the task of cutting at least $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 10 years. Those seeking to influence the panel’s recommendations also see a chance for gains.”

Washington state faces tax revenue shortages

“A new state tax-collections report showed Washington took in $9.4 million less in the past month than was forecast, and the state’s top economist said he is more pessimistic and recession risks are higher for the state and nation.”

Norway names commission to judge attack response

“OSLO (Reuters) – Norway appointed a nine-person commission Friday to investigate the attacks that killed 77 people last month, including the police response that has been criticised as slow.”

UK’s Cameron seeks U.S. advice on gangs after riots

“LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron, under attack over his leadership during the rioting and looting that swept English cities this week, has enlisted U.S. street crime expert William Bratton to advise the government on handling gang violence.”

Good News: Adventure, Equality Draw Women To The Coast Guard

“This summer, Rear Adm. Sandy Stosz took over as superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, becoming the first woman to run a military academy in the nation’s history.

This year’s class is about one-third women, a higher percentage than at any of the other military academies. The Coast Guard is the only military service where woman can do any type of job, and that’s a big appeal for many.”

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