A Different Path: A History of the Kerry Administration & Beyond

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    2012 POLLS: HILLARY CLINTON LEADS DEMOCRATS, TIED WITH ROMNEY 48-48
    DEMOCRAT PRIMARY: 30% CLINTON, 19% OBAMA, 13% FEINGOLD, 11% GORE, 5% BAYH, 4% WARNER, 3% BIDEN, RICHARDSON 2%, CLARK 2%, VILSACK 1%, HOLBROOKE 1%, EDWARDS 0%

    POLL SHOWS UP TO 28% OF REPUBLICANS WOULD SUPPORT PRIMARY CHALLENGER OVER ROMNEY -JULY 7, 2010​


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    SYRIAN FORCES TAKE FALLUJAH-JULY 12, 2010​


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    RUMORS SPREAD THAT IRAQI AND SYRIAN FORCES HAVE INFORMAL AGREEMENT NOT TO ATTACK EACH OTHER -​


    AL-SADR CALLS ON IRAQIS TO 'KILL ANY AND ALL SYRIANS', MAHDI ARMY VOWS NOT TO HAND OVER ITS LAND TO 'GOVERNMENT OF INFIDELS'-JULY 13, 2010​


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    AQI LEADER AL-MASRI KILLED BY SUNNI MILITIAS-JULY 16, 2010​


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    The leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub Al-Masri has been kiled. He was hiding in a compound near Amiriyah in Anbar Province of Iraq. The compund was stormed by Sunni militants rebelling against Al-Qaeda. The commander, Muhammad Al-Dahreil found Al-Masri hiding under his bed, and had the terrorist leader dragged out of the compound, where he was then shot multiple times. Some accounts claim he had up to 50 bullets in his body by the end of his execution. The bloodied bodies of the Al-Qaeda leaders were then dragged away into a ditch and set on fire, with Dahreil refusing to allow them the 'honour' of an Islamic funeral. With Al-Qaeda in Iraq's leadership killed and its forces routed, the terrorist has largely been disbaled as a threat to Iraq. The Iraqi government has retaken many of its former territories, but despite the defeat of AQi, which proved far more fragile than expected, Iraq is far from stable. Shi'ite extremists still control the south and aren't willing to cooperate with the 'American puppet' government, while Syrian forces are occupying much of Anbar and face staunch opposition to their presence from the Iraqis. Still, the Syrians have promised to withdraw their forces by May 2011 if they deem the 'terrorist threat to be defeated', but they still face resentment and opposition from many Iraqis. Jafaari's government is still seen as weak and will struggle to assert its authority over Iraq. Now though, it has the chance to try.
    ROAR ACT FILIBUSTERED BY DEMOCRATS
    POLL: SUPPORT AND OPPOSITION FOR ROAR ACT TIED AT 44%-JULY 20, 2010​


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    90,000 US WAR DOCUMENTS LEAKED BY WIKILEAKS-JULY 25, 2010​


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    US ECONOMY: UNEMPLOYMENT AT 11.7%, INFLATION AT 1.6%, GROWTH RATE AT 2.8%-AUGUST 1, 2010​


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    WHO DECLARES 2009 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC OVER-AUGUST 12, 2010​


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    REPUBLICANS SEEK TO OVERCOME DEMOCRAT FILIBUSTER OF THE ROAR ACT​


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    The ROAR (Reform Of America's Regulations) Act is bogged down in the Senate, where the Democrat caucus is united in filibustering the bill. The Republicans are trying to break the Democrat filibuster, but that does not seem to be happening, with reports of wavering democrats facing stern punishments if they defect. The ROAR Act is a bill that curtails and overhauls many US government regulations and is one of the key planks of the President's economic program. However, while republicans praise the bill as a much-needed reform to the government, Democrats vehemently oppose it as a giveaway to big business and hurts the environment and worker's safety. This stand is spurred along by the rise of the People Power movement, as establishment Democrats hope to cater to the base.
    SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE POWER MOVEMENT AT 25%, OPPOSITION AT 30%-AUGUST 14, 2010​


    ROMNEY APPROVAL RATING HIST RECORD LOW OF 39%
    POLLS SHOW DEMOCRATS POISED TO TAKE THE HOUSE

    75% OF AMERICANS THINK COUNTRY IS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION-AUGUST 16, 2010​


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    HUNG PARLIAMENT IN AUSTRALIA: TONY ABBOTT'S COALITION GETS 73 SEATS TO LABOR'S 71
    LABOR WINS POPULAR VOTE, POLLS SHOW MORE AUSTRALIANS SUPPORT A GILLARD GOVERNMENT THAN AN ABBOTT ONE
    LABOR HOPES TO ESTABLISH A GOVERNMENT WITH INDEPENDENTS AND GREENS, BUT IS AT A DISADVANTAGE*-21 AUGUST, 2010​


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    TONY ABBOTT FORMS GOVERNMENT, BECOMES AUSTRALIAN PM​


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    TALIBAN LOSING GROUND BUT US LOSING LIVES​


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    WEST VIRGINIA SENATE ELECTION: 95-YEAR OLD ANTI-MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING ACTIVIST KEN HELCHER UPSETS JOE MANCHIN IN DEMOCRAT PRIMARY
    ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS FEAR HELCHER NOMINATION WILL JEOPARDIZE THEIR HOLD ON WEST VIRGINIA SENATE SEAT
    -AUGUST 28, 2010​


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    DEMOCRATS GAIN 3-POINT LEAD IN CONGRESSIONAL POLLING, BUT FACE UNLIKELY TO SWEEP THE SENATE​


    PRESIDENT ROMNEY ABSENT FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES DESPERATE TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM HIM
    OHIO GOP CANDIDATE PORTMAN: ROMNEY'S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY FLAWED-SEPTEMBER 1, 2010​


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    AFGHAN PARLIAMNETARY ELECTIONS BEGIN​


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    MCCONNELL GIVES IN, DECLARES ROAR ACT DEAD INDEFINETLY-SEPTEMBER 3, 2010​


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    Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has admitted he will be unable to overcome the Democrat filibuster of the ROAR Act in this Congress, and so the key part of the Republican agenda has effectively been killed, given Democrats are extremely likely to gain Senate seats in the midterms and prevent it from being passed in the next Congress. This is a humiliating blow for the Republican party and especially the President.
    7.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
    LARGE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE BUT NO FATALITIES-SEPTEMBER 4, 2010​


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    US AND NATO AIRSTRIKES IN AFGHANISTAN INCREASE BY 190%​


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    IRAQI ELECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 2011​


    US SERGEANT SALVATORE GIUNTA RECEIVES MEDAL OF HONOR FOR SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN-SEPTEMBER 11, 2010​


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    ROMNEY APPROVAL RATING NOW AT 39%-SEPTEMBER 20, 2009​


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    AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY DUMPS GILLARD, RUDD MAKES A COMEBACK-OCTOBER 4, 2010​


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    After its surprise downfall in the 2010 Australian election, the Australian party has caused another surprise and reinstated former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as the party leader. Latest polls show Rudd's Labor running very slightly ahead of Tony Abbott's new government, and with a dicey, divided parliament Australian politics is set for yet more instablity. Rudd's comebcak did not occur without a fight, Gillard and her supporters sought desperately to retain the leadership, but out of the smoke Rudd took back power. Still, there are deep doubts about his leadership ability in Labor, and fears that another election victory would be for nothing under him. Rudd vows to prove his critics wrong.
    NETHERLANDS ANTILLES DISSOLVED, ISLANDS SPLIT UP AND GIVEN NEW CONSTITUTIONAL STATUS-OCTOBER 10, 2010​


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    LAST AQI REMNANTS ROUTED FROM THEIR TERRITORIES, SYRIAN FORCES OCCUPY ANBAR PROVINCE
    14 SYRIAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN ROADSIDE BOMBING
    SYRIA AND IRAQ NEGOTIATING OVER STATUS OF ANBAR, PREPARING FOR POWER TRANSFER-OCTOBER 19, 2010​


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    WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRAT CHANCES ON NOVEMBER 2?​


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    Ever since the end of August, polls have consistently shown the Democrats leading in polls for the House. However, some of those leads have been quite slim, enough that some pundits have predicted that Republicans could still retain the House due to extensive gerrymandering. In the Senate, the picture is less rosy for the Democrats. Three Democrat seats: Indiana, Arkansas and West Virginia are in serious danger. However, even if the Democrats win every remotely winnable contest, which would mean they gain 8 seats the composition of the Senate would be 49 Democrats, 1 Independent(who caucuses with the Democrats) and 50 Republicans, a tied Senate. So the main Democrat focus is on the House, but Democrats hope to create a strong springboard to gain the Senate in 2012. Still, the electorate is set to give President Romney a clear thumbs-down.
     
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    DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION HITS WASHINGTON!!-NOVEMBER 2, 2010​

    DEMOCRATS TAKE HOUSE!​


    DEMOCRAT: 229+43 50.0%, REPUBLICAN: 206-43 46.4%
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    SPEAKER BLUNT RESIGNS
    BLUNT'S 2-YEAR STINT AS HOUSE GOP LEADER COMES TO HUMILIATING END​


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    SENATE RESULTS:


    REPUBLICANS RETAIN SENATE
    RESULTS(IF ARKANSAS GOES D):REPUBLICAN: 53-5, DEMOCRAT:46+5, INDEPENDENT:1_
    RESULTS(IF ARKANSAS GOES R) REPUBLICAN: 54-4, DEMOCRAT: 45+4, INDEPENDENT: 1_​


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    ARKANSAS: WE DON'T KNOW WHO WON
    HALTER LEADS INITIAL COUNT BY 66 VOTES, RECOUNT LIKELY

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    FLORIDA: CHARLIE CRIST(R) BEATS KENDRICK MEEK(D)​


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    INDIANA: BRAD ELLSWORTH(D) DEFEATS DAN COATS(R)​


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    KENTUCKY: JACK CONWAY(D) BEATS TREY GRAYSON(R)​


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    MISSOURI: ROBIN CARNAHAN(D) BEATS CHUCK PURGASON(R)​


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    NEW HAMPSHIRE: OVIDE LAMONTAGNE(R) BEATS PAUL HODES(D)​


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    NORTH CAROLINA: ELAINE MARSHALL(D) BEATS INCUMBENT RICHARD BURR(R)​


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    OHIO: LEE FISHER(D) BEATS ROB PORTMAN(R)​


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    PENNSYLVANIA: JOE SESTAK(D) BEATS PAT TOOMEY(R)​


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    SOUTH DAKOTA: SCOTT MUNSTERING(R) BEATS DENNIS WEISE(D)​


    WEST VIRGINIA: JOHN RAESE(R) BEATS KEN HELCHER(D)​


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    GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS:
    RESULTS: REPUBLICAN: 26-8, DEMOCRAT: 22+6, INDEPENDENT: 2+2​


    TERRY GODDARD(D) BEATS INCUMBENT JAN BREWER(R)​


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    FLORIDA: ALEX SINK(D) DEFEATS RICK SCOTT(R)​


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    GEORGIA: ROY BARNES(D) DEFEATS NATHAN DEAL(R)​


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    ILLINOIS: PAT QUINN(D) DEFEATS INCUMBENT JUDY BARR TOPINKA(R)​


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    IOWA: INCUMBENT CHET CHULVER(D) BEATS TERRY BRANSTAND(R)​


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    MAINE: ELIOT CUTLER(I) WINS​


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    MICHIGAN: VIRG BERNERO(D) BEATS RICK SNYDER​


    NEW MEXICO: DIANE DENISH(D) DEFEATS SUSANA MARTINEZ(R)​


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    OHIO: INCUMBENT TED STRICKALND(D) BEATS JOHN KASICH(R)​


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    DAN ONORATO(D) DEFEATS TOM CORBETT(R)​


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    SOUTH CAROLINA: VINCENT SHEHEEN(D)DEFEATS NIKKI HALEY(R)​


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    WISCONSIN: TOM BARRETT(D) DEFEATS SCOTT WALKER(R)​


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    HISTORIC REPUBLICAN MAJORITIES OVERTURNED, CLEAR THUMBS DOWN GIVEN TO PRESIDENT ROMNEY​


    VOTER TURNOUT AND ENTHUSIASM VERY LOW​


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    DEMOCRAT BASE RESURGENT, SET TO PUSH AMERICA AND THEIR PARTY TO THE LEFT
    ESTABLISHMENT VOWS TO RESIST LEFT TURN, REID DECLARES "THIS IS A VICTORY FOR MODERATION"​


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    WHITE HOUSE: "THESE RESULTS SHOW A FRUSTRATION WITH PARTISANSHIP IN WASHINGTON, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER"
    ROMNEY APPROVAL RATING AT 39%
    UNEMPLOYMENT RISES TO 11.4%, 0.4 POINT RISE FROM OCTOBER
    INFLATION AT 2%, ECONOMIC GROWTH AT 2.2%

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    GAFFES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SPECTRUM
    MCCONNELL ATTRIBUTES RESULTS TO LOW TURNOUT, SAYS MIDTERM RESULTS VIRTUALLY MEANINGLESS
    PELOSI: "ROMNEY IS A LAME-DUCK"-NOVEMBER 4, 2010

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    ARKANSAS RECOUNT BEGINS, HALTER LEADS INITIAL COUNT-NOVEMBER 4, 2010

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    KERRY'S AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TO RUN FOR DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION
    VILSACK BARELY REACHES 1% IN POLLS, HILLARY CLINTON LEADS THE CONTEST-NOVEMBER 5, 2010

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    SECRETARY OF STATE ZOELLICK DEFENDS AFGHANISTAN POLICY RULES OUT WITHDRAWAL BEFORE 2016-NOVEMBER 7, 2010

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    FED CHAIRMAN GLENN HUBBARD TO EASE ON QUANTITATIVE EASING FOR FEAR OF CAUSING OVER-INFLATION
    HUBBARD RULES OUT RAISING INTEREST RATES OR ENDING QE

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    CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL: "I MIGHT PRIMARY CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT"
    HUCKABEE, ALLEN, MCCAIN AND OTHER 2008 CONTENDERS RULE OUT CHALLENGE, DECLARE THEY STAND BEHIND ROMNEY-NOVEMBER 9, 2010

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    LAME-DUCK CONGRESS SET TO RENEW BUSH TAX CUTS AND GIVE EXTRA TAX CUTS
    DEMOCRATS OPPOSE BUSH TAX CUT EXTENSION, VOW TO FILIBUSTER
    GOP HOPES TO PICK OFF SENATORS NELSON (BOTH NELSONS), JOHNSON, AND OTHER DEMOCRATS TO AVERT FILIBUSTER

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    AUNG SAN SUU KYI RELEASED FROM HOUSE ARREST-NOVEMBER 13, 2010

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    REPUBLICANS TO MAKE BUSH TAX CUTS PERMANENT IN THEIR BILL

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    12 IRAQI SOLDIERS KILLED IN FIGHT WITH MAHDI ARMY
    AL-SADR WARNS OF BLOODSHED IF IRAQI GOVT ATTACKS MAHDI ARMY, GOVT SEEKS TO ASSERT AUTHORITY-NOVEMBER 19, 2010

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    FEINGOLD ON RUN FOR PRESIDENT: "MAYBE"-NOVEMBER 17, 2010

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    LAME-DUCK HOUSE PASSES EXTENSION OF BUSH TAX CUTS, ONLY 6 DEMOCRATS VOTE FOR IT-NOVEMBER 23, 2010

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    WIKILEAKS LEAKS THOUSANDS OF US DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS-NOVEMBER 28, 2010

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    SENATOR EVAN BAYH (D-IN) FORMS EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR PRESIDENTIAL RUN-DECEMBER 1, 2010

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    ABBOTT GOVT IN TROUBLE? REPORTS SHOW TENSIONS IN BETWEEN ABBOTT AND INDEPENDENTS-DECEMBER 4, 2010

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    HALTER WINS ARKANSAS SENATE SEAT BY 59 VOTES, BOOZMAN CONCEDES-DECEMBER 2, 2010

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    SENATE PASSES BUSH TAX CUT EXTENSION 60-39
    NATIONAL DEBT HITS $17 TRILLION, FEARS OF FISCAL CRISIS RISE
    UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS CUT TO PAY FOR IT, BUT DEBT PROJECTED TO RISE EVEN MORE-DECEMBER 11, 2010

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    CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ATTACK BUSH TAX CUT EXTENSION, DECLARE "BIG CHANGES ARE COMING'

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    BAYH RULES OUT 2012 CANDIDACY, CITING LOW POLL NUMBERS
    BAYH SAYS HE'D ENDORSE CLINTON IF SHE RUNS-DECEMBER 15, 2010


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    PROTESTS ERUPT IN TUNISIA AFTER MAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE-DECEMBER 18, 2010​


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    DISGRACED FORMER VP JOHN EDWARDS RULES OUT PRESIDENTIAL RUN-DECEMBER 20, 2010​


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    OHIO GOV TED STRICKLAND TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT-DECEMBER 22, 2010​


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    CONTROVERSY IN AFGHAN ELECTION: MINORITY HAZARAS WIN ALL 11 SEATS IN A PASHTUN-MAJORITY PROVINCE​


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    US OFFICIALS CLEAR ON STAYING THE COURSE IN AFGHANISTAN, NO WITHDRAWAL UNTIL AT LEAST 2016​


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    ROMNEY'S DRONE WAR AND SURGE REVILED ON THE LEFT
    SENATOR OBAMA: THE CURRENT AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN POLICY MAKES NO SENSE​


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    ROMNEY ENTERS 2011 WITH 36% APPROVAL RATING-JANUARY 3, 2011​


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    Last year the President has taken quite a hit, losing historically large congressional majorities and increasingly seen as unable to revive the economy, with unemployment hovering stubbornly above 11%. Romney's approval ratings stayed above water in 2009 but now they have sunk underwater, reaching John Kerry levels. His latest record low is partly due to public disapproval of his actions after the midterms, where seemingly ignoring the message passed Republicans rammed through a bill making the Bush tax cuts permanent and paying for it with unpopular cuts to social programs. "This kind of partisan attitude in ramming bills through Congress, many of them unpopular and inhumane is why the Republicans lost" said a Democratic strategist. With a new Congress, partisanship looks to, if anything, rise precipitously.
    112TH CONGRESS INAUGURATED, DEMOCRATS VOW TO STAND UP TO ROMNEY
    HOUSE REPUBLICANS ELECT JOHN BOEHNER AS THEIR LEADER, ROY BLUNT LEAVES CONGRESS-JANUARY 3, 2011​


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    MCCONNELL SAYS "I'M NOT TAKING NONSENSE FROM THE HOUSE"-JANUARY 3, 2011​


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    JOE BIDEN DECLINES TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT-JANUARY 6, 2011​


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    ILLINOIS SENATOR BARACK OBAMA ANNOUNCES HE WILL RUN-JANUARY 12, 2011​


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    TUNISIAN PRESIDENT FLEES TO SAUDI ARABIA, REVOLUTIONARY WAVE SET TO SPREAD-JANUARY 14, 2011​


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    SOUTH SUDAN VOTES 99% TO 1% TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT NATION
    VOTE RECOGNIZED, NEW NATION EMERGES-JANUARY 15, 2011​


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    SENATOR ALLEN: I THINK IT'S APPALLING SOME IN OUR PARTY AREN'T SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT
    RON PAUL: THE ESTABLISHMENT CANNOT SILENCE ME!-JANUARY 17, 2010​


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    PROTESTS ERUPT ACROSS THE ARAB WORLD DEMANDING REFORM AND DEMOCRACY​


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    HILLARY CLINTON: I'M IN AND I'M IN TO WIN-JANUARY 20, 2011​


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    20 CIVILIANS KILLED IN BAGHDAD BOMBINGS-JANUARY 23, 2011​


    PROMINENT AFGHAN DOCTOR AND HIS FAMILY KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMBING
    RON PAUL ANNOUNCES HE WILL CHALLENGE ROMNEY, POLLING NEAR 20%, CHANCES OF WINNING NEAR IMPOSSIBLE

    UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 10.5%, ECONOMIC RECOVERY PICKING UP SPEED

    ROMNEY APPROVAL RATINGS RISE TO 43%-FEBRUARY 1, 2011
     
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    DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY POLLS:
    36% CLINTON
    , 15% FEINGOLD, 13% OBAMA, 7% AL GORE, 3% BERNIE SANDERS, 3% STRICKALND, 1% VILSACK, 1% KUCINICH , 0% GRAVEL -FEBRUARY 3, 2011

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    AL GORE DECLINES TO RUN-FEBRUARY 4, 2011​


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    SENATOR SANDERS DECLINES TO RUN​


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    OIL PRICES JUMP TO NEARLY $130 AMID UPHEVAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST​


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    ZOELLICK: MUBARAK IS AN IMPORTANT SECURITY PARTNER, WE NEED TO ENGINEER A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE EGYPTIAN CRISIS
    DEMOCRATS ACCUSE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRYING TO PROP UP A TYRANT​


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    EGYPT DICTATOR HOSNI MUBARAK RESIGNS, MILITARY TO TAKE OVER EGYPT IN INTERIM-FEBRUARY 13, 2011​


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    REVOLUTIONARIES TAKE OVER EASTERN LIBYA, CIVIL WAR SET TO ERUPT
    LIBYAN DICTATOR GADDAFI CLAIMS REBELS INFLUENCED BY AL-QAEDA AND HALLUCINOGENIC DRUGS, VOWS TO CRUSH THEM-FEBRUARY 18, 2011​


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    PELOSI: ROMNEY IS THE DEBT PRESIDENT-FEBRUARY 20, 2011​


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    ROMNEY GAFFE: I AM THE MOST FISCALLY PRUDENT PRESIDENT SINCE REAGAN-FEBRUARY 21, 2011​


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    President Romney's latest comments have opened him up to ridicule, with Politifact already rating his claim to be the most fiscally prudent president since Reagan a 'Pants On Fire'. Bill Clinton, on the campaign trail with his wife Hillary, lashed out at the President, calling him a 'liar' and saying "he should no that I am the only President in the last 50 years who balanced the budget". Democrats in Congress are fighting with the President over the budget, with many Democrats wanting to end the Bush tax cuts for high-income earners and focus spending cuts on the Pentagon. The People Power movement has declared it will primary any politician who votes to cut entitlements and/or refuses to end the Bush tax cuts. Protesters went to Capitol Hill yesterday, demanding Congress to break up the banks, reinstate Glass-Steagall and end 'tax cuts for the rich', calling for 'a fairer economy'.
    GERY CHICO ELECTED MAYOR OF CHICAGO-FEBRUARY 22, 2011​


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    HILLARY CLINTON: I WILL NEVER BAIL OUT A FAILING INSTITUTION-FEBRUARY 25, 2011​


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    Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, in a bid to align closer with the party's left and appease the People Power movement has promised as President never to bail out a failing institution. Pundits have speculated this is part of a strategy on Clinton's part to shift to the left to avoid the wrath of the People Power movement, which distrusts her, seeing as a Wall Street crony and an establishment Democrat like John Kerry. The only potential problem with her statement is the signal to Midwest automakers that she would not have bailed them out, but Clinton's campaign clarified the statement with Clinton's campaign strategist Mark Penn saying" Mrs Clinton would have done everything she could to protect automakers and she would have been on the side of them, not on the side of Wall Street." It remains to be seen what the effect of her comments will be.
    GADDAFI BEGINS RETALIATION AGAINST REBELS, CALLS HIS OPPONENTS 'COCKROACHES'​


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    THE KING'S SPEECH WINS FOUR OSCARS-FEBRUARY 27, 2011​


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    ROMNEY FORWARDS BUDGET PROPOSAL TO CONGRESS
    DEMOCRATS FURIOUS AT CUTS TO MEDICARE, SOCIAL SPENDING BUT NO TAX INCREASES
    ROMNEY DECLARES "HARD MEASURES ARE NECESSARY TO CLEAN UP THE MESS OUR PREDECESSORS MADE"-FEBRUARY 28, 2011​


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    RUSS FEINGOLD IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT-MARCH 1, 2011​


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    Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, a darling of the People Power movement is running for President. Feingold and Senator Obama are statistically tied for second place, and either of them could emerge as the insurgent, left-wing challenger to Hillary Clinton. Feingold, with 20 years in the Senate, has more experience than Obama and has been a consistent left-wing standard-bearer, being the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act and passing the campaign finance reform McCain-Feingold Act. Another potential weakness that could also be a strength is Feingold's refusal to take soft money, and he vows to power his campaign with small donations. Already, a large amount of small donations are coming into Feingold, and both Feingold and Obama, unlike Clinton, are seemingly successfully using the Internet for fundraising purposes. But in a general election, Feingold would most likely be outmatched. Still, that only added to his appeal before, so maybe it'll work this time. However, some Democrats worry his liberal record could hurt him in a general election, though Feingold points to his 4 wins in Wisconsin, which is almost a swing state and was even won by Romney in 2008. Still, Feingold does poll the worst in general election matchups out of Obama, Clinton and Feingold, and there are fears his Jewish religion and two divorces could also hurt his chances. But Senator Feingold declares "Time and time again, I have defied the nay-sayers because I believe in America and I believe what I believe. We need strong leadership, and I have stood by my principles all this time. It is time for a change in America, and I can deliver that change!"



     
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    NPVIC TO MAKE WAVES?

    After the 2000 and 2004 elections, in which the Electoral College has gone against the popular vote, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) emerged. This is a system where states have been passing laws that they will allocate their electoral votes to the popular vote winner, no matter who their state voted for, when enough states to add up to 270 electoral votes or more have passed these laws. In effect, this will render the Electoral College obsolete and mean the popular vote decides elections. This, while causing candidates to have to campaign across the country to get a strong vote share and not just in swing states as well as ending all the recount and electoral vote beating popular vote problems of 2000 and 2004 could also lead to too much focus being on big cities, could lead to under-representation of certain minority interests and destabilize the US political system. That is a debate that we will be seeing in the coming​
    years,
    because the NPVIC is getting closer to the 270-EV target. Already it has 147 electoral votes and NPVIC bills are being considered in California, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. Increasingly the idea has broad, bipartisan support but could face a pushback and even if it wins it's likely the NPVIC will have to fight a final battle at the Supreme Court. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Still, watch this space.​

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    ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IN TROUBLE AFTER UNPOPULAR REFORMS AND SPENDING CUTS
    LABOR GAINS 4-POINT LEAD IN TWO-PARTY PREFERRED VOTE-MARCH 3, 2011

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    CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS(CPC) AND APPROPRIATIONS HEAD BARBARA LEE RELEASES ALTERNATIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL-MARCH 10, 2011

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    Liberal Congresswoman Barbara Lee has released an alternative budget proposal,
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    that exemplifies the demands of the People Power movement. Entitlements are left untouched, the DoD is cut by 18%, the marginal tax rate is raised to 40%- Clinton era levels, and raises corporate taxes to 33%. Despite establishment Democrats worrying about the proposal hurting Democrat chances in 2012,
    The Path To Prosperity
    is likely to pass the House. Still, the Senate will stop it. But Congress and the President continue to fight on the edge of the cliff.​

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    FEINGOLD, OBAMA SUPPORT LEE BUDGET, CLINTON, STRICKLAND REFUSE TO DO SO


    CIVIL WAR ERUPTS IN LIBYA, GADDAFI SET TO MASSACRE THOUSANDS

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    BAHRAIN MONARCHY BEGINS VIOLENT CRACKDOWN AGAINST PROTESTERS-MARCH 15, 2011

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    US IMPOSES NO-FLY ZONE OVER LIBYA, BEGINS BOMBING GADDAFI'S FORCES
    ROMNEY: GADDAFI CAN, WILL AND MUST BE DEFEATED-MARCH 16, 2011

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    PROTESTS ERUPT AGAINST LIBYA INTERVENTION
    FEINGOLD: THIS IS THE WRONG COURSE OF ACTION AND WILL ULTIMATELY HURT US
    OBAMA: THE ADMINISTRATION IS TOO EAGER TO GO TO WAR

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    ROMNEY BOASTS 'RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP', DECLARES 'AMERICA IS COMING BACK!'
    ROMNEY TIES WITH FEINGOLD, LOSES TO OBAMA 50-47, AND LOSES TO CLINTON 50-46

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    ROMNEY GETS 44% APPROVAL RATING-APRIL 3, 2011


    DEMOCRAT POLLS: FEINGOLD LEADS IOWA, CLINTON LEADS NEW HAMPSHIRE AND OBAMA, CLINTON TIED IN SOUTH CAROLINA DESPITE DOUBLE-DIGIT CLINTON LEAD IN NATIONAL POLLS

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    Iowa:
    Feingold- 32%
    Clinton- 25%
    Obama- 19%
    Strickland- 14%
    Vilsack- 4%
    Kucinich-3%
    Gravel-0%​

    New Hampshire:
    Clinton-30%
    Obama-22%
    Feingold-22%
    Strickland-10%
    Kucinich-2%
    Gravel-1%
    Vilsack-0%
    Undecided-10%​

    South Carolina:
    Undecided-26%
    Clinton-21%
    Obama-21%
    Feingold-14%
    Strickland-13%
    Kucinich-1%
    Gravel-0%
    Vilsack-0%​

    These latest polls cast doubt on the view that Clinton is the inevitable nominee, and seem to show an advantage for Feingold in the battle for the People Power vote, but at the same time it is clear Hillary Clinton is a very strong candidate. Remember, these are early polls and on voting day in 2012 the situation could well be very different. However, it does paint an interesting early picture of a field that seems divided and hasn't quite organised itself yet. Mrs Clinton, despite her sizable lead in national polls, could still lose this thing. Stay tuned, this contest looks to be more interesting than we thought.

     
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    FORMER IVORIAN PRESIDENT LAURENT GBAGBO ARRESTED BY REBELS, IVORIAN CIVIL WAR ENDS-APRIL 11, 2011

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    ROMNEY RELEASES NEW BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT CUTS MORE TAX LOOPHOLES, CUTS WELAFRE, CUTS MEDICARE AND CUTS DOD
    POLLS SHOW BUDGET PROPOSAL GETTING ONLY 40% SUPPORT, CONSERVATIVES ANGRY AT DEFENSE CUTS, LIBERALS ANGRY AT ENTITLEMENTS CUTS-APRIL 14, 2011


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    THOUSANDS PROTEST OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE AGAINST THE 'SCROOGE BUDGET'
    PROTESTER SPITS AT SECRET SERVICE MEMBER, ARRESTED, DRAGGED AWAY CALLING FOR ROMNEY TO BE ARRESTED FOR 'ELDER ABUSE'-APRIL 18, 2011



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    DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SHOOT DOWN WHITE HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSAL-APRIL 19, 2011

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    PRESIDENT APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
    EXPERTS COMPLAIN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT NOT PROPERLY STUDIED, LEFT UP IN ARMS BUT POLLS SHOW UP TO 60% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE DECISION
    CLINTON, STRICKLAND DECLARE SUPPORT FOR KEYSTONE, PROMISE 'ENERGY INDEPENDENT AMERICA', OBAMA, FEINGOLD OPPOSE IT-APRIL 23, 2011

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    PROTESTS OCCURRING IN 22 SYRIAN CITIES, PROTESTERS DEMAND FALL OF ASSAD REGIME-APRIL 22, 2011

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    SYRIAN ARMY BEGINS BRUTAL MILITARY CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS, TROOPS IN IRAQ WITHDRAWN TO QUELL UNREST
    DOZENS OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS SHOT, TORTURED, KILLED BY ASSAD REGIME-APRIL 25, 2011

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    THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN TROOPS DEFECT



    ROMNEY REFUSES TO PASS ANY BUDGET THAT DOES NOT CUT WELFARE-APRIL 30, 2011

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    OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!-MAY 1, 2011

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    The infamous Al-Qaeda terrorist leader and perpetrator of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been killed by the US Navy SEALs in a daring operation in Pakistan. As it turned out, Bin Laden was hiding in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, mere kilometers away from a key Pakistani military academy. Relations between the US and Pakistan are expected to be strained even further as there is strong suspicion that the Pakistan government was hiding the terrorist leader. For now though America and the western world is jubilant as their enemy is slain. The President, addressing the nation, declared "We are on the road to defeating and fundamentally degrading the terrorist threat. Today, America has triumphed. Let every enemy of our nation know, you cannot win."
     
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    ROMNEY APPROVAL RATING JUMPS 14 POINTS TO 54%-MAY 2, 2011

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    FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE HELD, CLINTON WINS BUT FEINGOLD WHIPS OBAMA-MAY 6, 2011

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    Hillary Clinton didn't let any of her opponents beat her, showing confidence and a mastery of the issues, a virtually flawless performance. The other battle of the night, between Senator Feingold and Senator Obama ended in a victory for Feingold. Feingold delivered the most memorable moment of the night, declaring "I have fought, and fought, and fought for America and progressive causes. I have time and time again put my political career on the line to fight for what I believe is right. And with respect Senator, where were you?" Feingold's campaign now hopes the People Power movement coalesces behind him, but Senator Obama's campaign vowed to "Keep the momentum up, and keep pushing our case for a change we can believe in."

    LATEST IOWA POLL:
    29% FEINGOLD, 23% CLINTON, 14% OBAMA, 9% STRICKLAND, VILSACK 3%, KUCINICH 2%, GRAVEL 1%, 19% UNDECIDED-MAY 15, 2011

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    TROIKA BAILS OUT PORTUGAL, IMPOSES AUSTERITY AS DEBT CRISIS SHAKES EUROPE-MAY 16, 2011

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    TREASURY SECRETARY WHITMAN: "CONGRESS NEEDS TO STOP HOLDING THE NATION HOSTAGE"
    DISAPPROVAL OF CONGRESS REACHES NEW RECORD AT 83%-MAY 20, 2011

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    SHOCK POLL SHOWS RON PAUL BEATING PRESIDENT IN MAINE GOP CAUCUSES
    ESTABLISHMENT, PUNDITS ATTACK ACCURACY OF POLL, CLAIM PAUL IS 'HOPELESS' ANYWAY-JUNE 1, 2011

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    PAUL TO ROMNEY: "DEBATE ME." WHITE HOUSE CALLS DEBATE PROPOSAL 'RIDICULOUS' AND 'UTTER FANTASY'-JUNE 3, 2011

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    8 SYRIAN SECURITY OFFICERS KILLED BY PROTESTERS, VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN TOWN NEAR TURKISH BORDER-JUNE 4, 2011

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    YEMENI PRESIDENT SALEH FLEES TO SAUDI ARABIA, DEPUTY TAKES OVER, PROTESTERS REJOICE-JUNE 5, 2011

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    COMPROMISE RYAN-BIDEN BUDGET PROPOSAL EMERGES-JUNE 12, 2011

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    Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Joe Biden have co-authored a bipartisan budget proposal that is gaining widespread support and hopes to end the current congressional gridlock. The Ryan-Biden plan will not raise taxes, though it will eliminate more deductions and loopholes, cut defense by 3%, and make minor cuts across the board. The plan has been criticized for 'kicking the can down the road', but the House and Senate leadership have endorsed it, and President Romney promises to allow it if Congress passes it. It delays a debt ceiling increase until 2012 and in a sop to Democrats it schedules a vote on the status of the Bush tax cuts in June 2013, though given the existence of the filibuster it is unlikely they will be repealed. Still, some on the right oppose the plan and the People Power movement vows not to allow it, even though their favorite presidential candidates will also be supporting it. One of their main complaints is a part of the bill that virtually eliminates government subsidies for green energy-except ethanol, which remained fully intact. Yet the leg is beginning to swing back, and the can is set to be kicked down the road.

    THOUSANDS OF SYRIANS FLEE TO TURKEY AS REGIME ATTACKS-JULY 12, 2011

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    GADDAFI, SONS OFFER ELECTIONS, NATO, REBELS REJECT OFFER AS A PLOY-JUNE 16, 2011

    FEINGOLD WIDENS LEAD IN IOWA, CLINTON GAINS 11-POINT LEAD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, LEADS BY 8-POINTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, & 21 POINTS IN FLORIDA-JUNE 21, 2011

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    In the latest round of polls, the picture of the race has begun to clear, with Senator Obama now falling further and further behind as Feingold gains momentum. In Iowa, one poll showed Feingold with an 8-point lead over senator Clinton, with 32% to her 24%, but another showed a 27-27 tie between the two. In New Hampshire, Senator Clinton beats Feingold 33% to 22%, with Obama at 16% and Strickland a paltry 7%. In South Carolina, a plurality of voters (30%) are undecided, but Senator Clinton at 25% leads Senator Obama by an 8% margin, while Senator Feingold is just behind him at 16% and Governor Strickland languishes at 11%. In Florida, Clinton has a 20-point lead over undecided voters and a 21-point lead over Feingold, who gets 18% to her 39%. But he should be thankful he isn't Barack Obama, who barely scrapes into double-digits, just 2-points ahead of Strickland. Governor Strickland and Senator Obama, thought to be top contenders in this race, right now are in a very bad situation, as they have been overtaken by other candidates. For Obama, there's still hope, for if Feingold or Clinton falters he can gain in their place, but Governor Strickland might start considering throwing in the towel.
     
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