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Dem Incumbents Win Last Two Wisconsin Recalls, GOP Holds Slim Senate Majority

“The Wisconsin state Senate recalls of 2011 — in which tens of millions of dollars and countless man-hours were spent, almost resembling Congressional races — are officially over. Tuesday night, Democratic incumbents Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch fended off their Republican challengers, for a final state Senate margin of 17 Republicans to 16 Democrats, just shy of the Dems’ original goal of taking control of the chamber via recalls.”

Read More: Poll: Wis. Voters Unsure On Walker Recall
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Panetta Confirms Pentagon Considering Replacing Military Retirement With 401(k) Plan

“In a rare joint appearance with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Defense University Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta confirmed a CBS News report that the Pentagon is considering a dramatic plan to overhaul the military’s once sacrosanct retirement plan.

According to CBS, the plan “would eliminate the familiar system under which anyone who serves 20 years is eligible for retirement at half their salary. Instead, they’d get a 401k-style plan with government contributions.””

Gettin’ Worried: Scott Brown Begs For Money To Help Fight Elizabeth Warren

“Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) just might have a formidable opponent next year in former Harvard professor and progressive heartthrob Elizabeth Warren. And it looks like he’s starting to get nervous about it.

On the heels of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s $100,000 campaign cash haul on Warren’s behalf, Brown’s up with a new fundraising appeal begging supporters to help him before it’s too late.”


Upheaval in D.C. arouses discontent at congressman’s town hall

“To boos and applause, a member of one of America’s least-loved institutions came home Monday night to a district divided over where their leaders are taking them.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Cherryville Republican who is one of President Barack Obama’s staunchest conservative opponents, packed a community-college auditorium with more than 240 constituents. Midway through his fourth term, it was McHenry’s 61st town hall meeting.”

Read More: Congress’ Approval Rating Plummets, Especially Among Independents

CNN: Is Warren Buffett’s Call For Taxing The Super-Rich ‘Good’ Or ‘Just Politics’? (VIDEO)

“Today in slow news days, “the best political news team on television” took on this pressing question: Is Warren Buffett’s tax “compromise” good or just plain politics?

Never mind that Buffett is not, in fact, a politician, CNN devoted its “talkback” segment to this pressing issue. Buffett, the mega-rich CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, in a New York Times op-ed on Monday called on Congress to raise his taxes and those of his super-rich friends.”

GOP Super Committee Member Pledges Not To ‘Chop’ Entitlement Benefits Or Raise The Retirement Age

“Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) surprised many when he appointed a Republican widely perceived as a moderate, Rep. Fred Upton (MI), to serve as one of six GOP members on the congressional “super committee” tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit savings by November. Conservatives are worried that Upton will not toe the GOP’s hardline stance against taxes because he’s expressed a willingness to raise revenues by eliminating tax loopholes.

Yesterday at a public forum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Upton gave another glimmer of hope that he would be willing to divorce himself from Tea Party dogma to do what’s right. Upton came out as a strong defender of entitlement programs, and vowed to protect current beneficiaries in the super committee’s deliberations.”

Read More: Supercommittee At Risk With Campaign Donors

GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates
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Wisconsin Dems: Please Run For President, Paul Ryan
Rick Perry Condemns Federal Farm Regulation — That Doesn’t Exist
Perry’s Fed Fight Dangerous Territory For Romney
Gingrich: Republicans Will Have A Hard Time Saying No To Extending Payroll Tax Cut
Karl Rove Piles On Rick Perry: Bernanke Line ‘Not A Presidential Statement’
Five Ways Rick Perry Changes The Primaries
Michele Bachmann gets her Elvis anniversaries mixed up
Poll: Perry overtakes Romney
Rangel Blasts Perry’s Minimum Wage Jobs Record: ‘One Stage Away From Slavery’
FLASHBACK: In 2000, Perry Said It’s ‘Almost Treasonous’ Not To Support George W. Bush
Gingrich Suggests Same-Sex Marriage Is Responsible For Economic Woes
Ron Paul Wears Invisibility Cloak In News Media’s Eyes
Rick Perry Wants To Frack Iowa
Iowa Senior Citizens Fight Back At Perry Campaign Stop: ‘You Gonna Kill Social Security?’
Rick Santorum: Rick Perry’s Attack On Ben Bernanke ‘Completely Out Of Bounds’

Read the Embarrassing Hacking Allegations That News Corp. Redacted

“New documents published today cast doubt on News Corporation’s claims that top executives and editors at the now-defunct News of the World were unaware of widespread phone hacking at the paper. One of the documents had also been aggressively redacted by News Corp., which removed references that referred to top editors knowing about the hacking”

Police order India activist freed after protests

“NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police ordered the release of India’s leading anti-corruption campaigner from jail on Tuesday after mounting nationwide protests against his arrest for planning a hunger strike forced a U-turn by beleaguered Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

Sarkozy and Merkel call for ‘true economic government’ to save eurozone

“Plan for European economic government with single leader, drawn up after mini-summit, cautiously welcomed by UK”


Good News: SETI Plans To Resume Listening For Aliens Next Month, Thanks To Donations

“The SETI Institute’s mothballed Allen Telescope Array — which scans the universe for signs of alien life — will soon be up and running again, thanks to more than $200,000 in donations that came from people including actress Jodie Foster and former astronaut Bill Anders.

The telescope array has been shut down since late April, when the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute said it could no longer afford to keep the telescopes operational”

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