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Texas Governor Perry Seeks Deep Reduction of Federal Government

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Texas Governor Rick Perry has held the top leadership position in one of the largest U.S. states, since George W. Bush left the post in 2000 to assume the U.S. presidency. Perry is now the state’s longest-serving governor. Perry, 61, is campaigning on a pledge to reduce the size of the federal government. Political expert […]

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Paul’s Tea Party Support Helps Shape Republican Agenda

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ron Paul , a Texas physician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has a back-to-basics approach highly esteemed by the conservative Tea Party movement. Paul, 76, has served three separate stints in the House and announced earlier this year that he will not run for congressional re-election, so he could focus on the […]

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Gingrich Seen as Savvy Player, But Criticized for Position Changes

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Newt Gingrich , a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is running for the Republican nomination with promises to create jobs, repeal health care reform, and remove obstacles to oil and gas development in the United States. Analysts say Gingrich, 68, is an intelligent and experienced politician whose image has suffered from changes […]

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Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum Hang On in Republican Race

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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In the crowded fight for the Republican presidential nomination, three well-known candidates have loyal followings, but trail far behind in opinion polls. Michele Bachmann , a Republican U.S. Representative for the state of Minnesota, helped found the House Tea Party caucus. In August she became the first woman to win the Iowa straw poll, but […]

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Romney is a Frontrunner, but Fails to Excite Conservatives

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Mitt Romney, a businessman turned politician, is for the second time trying to earn the Republican Party’s nomination as its presidential candidate. With the economy dominating the political landscape, Romney’s campaign is highlighting his private sector experience transforming failing companies into profitable ventures. His campaign says it gives him the know-how to turn around the […]

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Reports: US Online Sales Jump, Car Sales Improve

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Economic data published Wednesday shows the U.S. economy benefiting from better Internet commerce, improving auto sales, and some possible gains in the job market. A company that tracks Internet activity says online retail sales jumped 16 percent last week over the same period a year earlier. Comscore says ecommerce has been strong for the important […]

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Volvo Race Boats Shipped to Next Leg Over Piracy Concerns

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race are shipping five sailboats through the Indian Ocean on an armed transport vessel due to piracy concerns. The 15-ton yachts with 31-meter masts were loaded onto a ship Wednesday at an undisclosed location before leaving on a journey to Sharjah off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Organizers […]

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Dutch Court: 3 Congolese Witnesses Can Seek Asylum

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A Dutch court has ruled the government must allow three Congolese witnesses who testified before the International Criminal Court to seek asylum in the Netherlands. A court in Amsterdam issued the ruling on Wednesday. The three men have been held for months at the ICC’s detention unit in The Hague while lawyers debated whether they […]

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Meets Suu Kyi in Burma

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesia’s foreign minister has voiced support for Burma’s democratization efforts, but says there is still work to be done. Marty Natalegawa, whose country holds the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), praised the Burmese government’s promises to release more political prisoners, enter peace talks with ethnic groups and hold free and […]

Japan to Help India Prop Up Rupee

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan has agreed to help provide some relief for India’s troubled currency. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda agreed to a $15 billion currency swap arrangement with New Delhi during a visit there Wednesday. The deal is expected to help stabilize the Indian rupee, which has been losing value and is one of Asia’s worst-performing currencies. […]

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