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Ex-Aide Accuses Bachmann Of Campaign Finance Violations

An evangelical organizer who served as a top adviser to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 Republican presidential primary run filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, alleging campaign finance violations tied to both Bachmann’s failed campaign and her independent political action committee, MichelePAC.

GOP Debt Limit Bluff Exposed

Republican political operatives want to remind everyone who’s paying attention that conservative House members are itching for a fight, and impossible to control.

Sick Workers’ Dilemma: Stay Home Or Go To Work

As the earliest flu outbreak in years continues to claim victims, businesses are taking a hit, too. They’re faced with an unsolvable problem: If they tell too many sick employees to stay home, the work doesn’t get done. But when people sick with flu and other bugs show up, they’re spreading illness through the workplace.

Sea piracy falls to 5-year low as Somali gangs retreat

(Reuters) – International naval patrols off Somalia and armed private guards on board ships have driven pirate attacks to a five-year low in 2012, but the risk to shipping off west Africa is growing.

Japanese airlines ground Dreamliners after emergency landing

(Reuters) – Japan’s two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing (BA.N) 787s on Wednesday after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing, the latest in a series of incidents to heighten safety concerns over a plane many see as the future of commercial aviation.

Obama to unveil gun control plan in wake of school massacre

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose a new assault weapons ban and stricter background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday in a sweeping package of proposals to curb gun violence after the killing of 20 children and six adults in a Connecticut school last month.

France launches ground campaign against Mali rebels

(Reuters) – French troops launched their first ground assault against Islamist rebels in Mali on Wednesday in a broadening of their operation against battle-hardened al Qaeda-linked fighters who have resisted six days of air strikes.

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