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Democrats Gleeful At Prospect Of Running Against Gingrich

There’s no better illustration of how ecstatic Democrats are about Newt Gingrich leading the GOP primary pack than Nancy Pelosi’s strategic silence.

Occupiers Go After The Democrats Who Praised Them

It’s going to be harder for critics of the Occupy protests to say it’s a pro-Democratic Party movement after tomorrow. TPM has learned a group of DC Occupiers plan to hold a demonstration outside a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee high-dollar fundraiser for, among other members, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

GOP Supercommittee Member Admits Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Create Jobs, Can’t Explain Why

Republicans this week filibustered a Democratic plan to extend a soon-to-expire payroll tax cut, objecting to the fact that the extension was paid for by implementing a small surtax on income in excess of $1 million. To justify their objection to taxing the wealthy, Republicans have revived their false claim that taxing the rich amounts to taxing small business owners and job creators.

Former Romney Business Partner: ‘I Never Thought Of What I Do For A Living As Job Creation’

2012 GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been pinning his campaign to his economic record, claiming that his time as an investment executive gives him the necessary experience to boost the nation’s moribund job creation.

Cutting Retiree Benefits A Sore Subject For Military

Bean counters at the Pentagon are working long hours to figure out how to cut close to a trillion dollars from the Department of Defense budget over the next 10 years.

Those were the Pentagon’s marching orders after the congressional supercommittee failed to come up with a plan to slash the country’s deficit. Pentagon officials are looking at cutting weapons programs, troop levels and possibly even some base closures.

Milwaukee’s ‘Misery Index’: Infant Mortality

Impoverished Third World countries often find themselves at the bottom of lists when it comes to infant mortality rates. There is a part of Milwaukee where the infant mortality rate is worse than in parts of rural China. One baby dies for every 59 that make it.

New EPA rules will lead to blackouts, Kansas utilities claim

Here are two versions of what it will be like to live in Kansas in 2012:

Either residents will suffer rolling blackouts and pay more for the privilege, or nothing will happen at all.

Backing the energy disaster scenario are utilities and the state itself. The other side is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

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‘Grateful to be alive’: Teen uses ladder to rescue Pa. woman from fire

A 74-year-old Pennsylvania woman is crediting her 14-year-old neighbor with saving her from a burning house — by using a rickety ladder.

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