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CNN: Obama, GOP candidates headline Labor Day events across country
[S]ix Republican presidential candidates are set to participate in the Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, South Carolina. The event is hosted by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a leader in the new conservative grassroots movement that includes so-called tea partiers.
CNN: Romney on message at tea party rally
Last week the former Massachusetts governor changed his schedule twice in one day to accommodate tea party events, but he signaled Sunday he would not change his message to appeal more directly to the group's base.
CNN: Obama, Romney to unveil jobs plans as Congress returns
With a presidential campaign starting in earnest and fears of a stalled economy growing, the incumbent and many of those vying to beat him in 2012 are coming out with their plans to boost economic growth and job creation.
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CNN: Lee weakens, though flood threat remains in Gulf and into Appalachians
Lee weakened to a tropical depression late Sunday, the National Hurricane Center reported, but not before dumping vast amounts of rain and causing extensive flooding in Gulf Coast states.
CNN: Strong winds whip up wildfires in central Texas
Strong winds whipped up several wildfires in central Texas Sunday, threatening homes and forcing some residents to evacuate. The largest of the fires is in Bastrop County, southeast of Austin, said Lexi Maxwell, a spokeswoman with the Texas Forest Service.
New York Times: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount
The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.
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CNN: Libyan fighters positioned outside Gadhafi strongholds
Fighters pushed Sunday to the outskirts of one of Moammar Gadhafi's last bastions of support, setting the stage for possible clashes ahead of this week's deadline for loyalists of the ousted leader to surrender.
CNN: Mubarak returns to Cairo court to face trial
The trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak resumes Monday behind closed doors, three weeks after a judge halted the court proceedings to give officials more time to study evidence in the case.
CNN: Typhoon Talas leaves 29 dead, 51 missing in Japan
The death toll from Typhoon Talas, which swept across western Japan, has risen to 29, local authorities said Monday. Another 56 people are missing, according to a tally of casualties compiled from various prefectural police.
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CNNMoney: Stocks: Jobs and Europe dominate
After a three-day weekend, investors will return to a market anxiously anticipating crises: a double-dip recession and a European debt crisis. Both have the potential to roil markets already on edge.
Wall Street Journal: Italy Pressed to Speed Up Budget Steps
Italy's government is under increasing pressure to ensure quick approval of key economic austerity measures as time runs out for the country to convince markets it won't be next to fall in the domino-like acceleration of Europe's debt crisis.
CNN: Union head labels American companies ‘unpatriotic’
Jim Hoffa, the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, on Sunday blasted American companies that are not spending their capital in the U.S. as “unpatriotic.”
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