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CNN: Iowa caucuses to be held January 3
The Iowa Republican Party on Monday made official what had been expected, announcing that its caucuses will be held on Tuesday, January 3. The state party's central committee on Monday night officially signed off on the date.
CNN Poll: The secret to Cain's rising numbers
What's the secret to Herman Cain's recent surge in polls in the race for the GOP presidential nomination? A new national survey out hours before a CNN/Western Republican presidential debate points towards likeability and the businessman and former Godfather's Pizza CEO's much touted "9-9-9" tax reform plan.
CNN: Obama to N.C.: Make Congress step up
On the second day a bus tour to push his stalled $447 billion jobs plan, President Barack Obama will be in North Carolina and Virginia where he will call on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act piece-by-piece, beginning with the proposal to provide funding to prevent teacher layoffs and keep police officers and firefighters on the job.
CNN: Latinos to protest Obama's immigration policies
Latino activists said Monday they are planning a national "day of action" to protest President Barack Obama and demand an end to a controversial program involving local officials in immigration enforcement.
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CNN: Occupy Wall Street: How long can it last?
Occupy Wall Street hit the 31-day mark Monday and has now gone global, tapping into a growing sense of worldwide economic anxiety. But can a largely leaderless, vaguely defined movement stand the test of time? How long can the protests continue?
New York Times: Massachusetts Tries to Rein in Its Health Cost
On the Republican campaign trail, the health care debate has focused on the mandatory coverage that Mitt Romney signed into law as governor in 2006. But back in Massachusetts the conversation has moved on, and lawmakers are now confronting the problem that Mr. Romney left unaddressed: the state’s spiraling health care costs.
Wall Street Journal: New Mortgage Plan Floated
State and federal officials are pushing a plan that could help some "underwater" borrowers get refinancing assistance in the latest government bid to break a legal impasse with big banks over alleged foreclosure abuses and ease problems in the housing market.
Detroit Free Press: Ford workers all but certain to pass 4-year contract
Ford's tentative four-year labor contract with the UAW is as good as passed. …With the ratification of Ford's UAW contract looking like all but a sure thing, attention is shifting to the union's tentative contract with Chrysler.
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CNN: Why Israelis believe one soldier is worth 1,000 Palestinian prisoners
Israel is freeing more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis, in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was captured by Hamas in 2006. How and why has the controversial deal come about?
CNN: Pentagon: Troop-numbers talks with Iraq 'are ongoing'
The Pentagon on Monday denied claims that the United States and Iraq have been unable to come to an agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to remain in Iraq after the end of 2011, telling reporters that talks are still going on.
CNN: Iran's nuclear program challenged by setbacks, new reports say
Iran's efforts to develop its nuclear program have been stymied by a raft of challenges from international sanctions and set back by the 2010 Stuxnet cyberattack, two new reports from a Washington nuclear think tank conclude.
CNN: Syrian forces battle defectors, group says
At least 37 people died Monday in fighting in Syria, most of them during intense clashes between security forces and defectors from the military in Homs, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
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CNNMoney: Stocks tumble 2% on Europe jitters
U.S. stocks started the week with a steep sell-off Monday, following last week's stellar gains, as worries about Europe's debt crisis dominated. Mixed earnings reports from Citigroup and Wells Fargo and a disappointing report on regional manufacturing also dampened investor sentiment.
Financial Times: Corporate leaders say they understand protests
Corporate and political leaders, many of whom have been the target of growing worldwide protests, are lining up to say how much they understand public anger over economic inequality and the financial system.
CNNMoney: China's economy grows at 9.1%
China's red hot economic growth cooled slightly from July through September, but remains the envy of many western countries still struggling to recover from the global economic meltdown.
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CNN: Obama to N.C.: Make Congress step up
If President Obama is campaigning for election, then I would conclude that he is campaigning more for members of Congress than he is for himself. His words and talking points on this tour do more to benefit House Democrats than himself.