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CNN: Five things we learned from Tuesday's GOP debate
Seven Republican presidential candidates engaged in a sometimes contentious debate Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, as bad blood boiled between front-runners and the surging Herman Cain found his opponents taking aim at his tax plan. Here are five things we learned from the debate.
CNNMoney: 84% would pay more under Cain's 9-9-9 plan
Under Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax reform plan, 84% of U.S. households would pay more than they do under current tax policies, according to a report released Tuesday by a nonpartisan research group. And the impact would be felt most heavily by the lowest income groups.
CNN Truth Squad: Was Romney employing illegal immigrants a year after report?
In one of several heated exchanges during Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate […] Texas Gov. Rick Perry revisited a claim that was made against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2008 presidential race: that Romney had hired illegal immigrants to work at his home.
CNN Truth Squad: Perry's Texas two-step on TARP
There may be no more foul four-letter word in the Republican presidential race than TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program passed in 2008 to bail out the tottering U.S. financial system. And former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum […] dropped it on the front-runners in Tuesday night's CNN debate in Las Vegas.
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CNN: Wall Street demonstrations may get star power
The Occupy Wall Street movement may get an infusion of more star power as actor Alec Baldwin said he is headed to join the growing, leaderless protest. …These developments seem to point to the continued growth of the movement as the Occupy Wall Street protest hits its 33-day Wednesday.
CNN: Breakthrough malaria vaccine tantalizingly close
A malaria vaccine has eluded scientists for decades, but preliminary results from a phase 3 clinical trial in Africa are providing hope. The data suggest that the vaccine, known as RTS,S, cuts the number of malaria cases in half.
CNN: Death toll from tainted cantaloupes climbs to 25
Health officials have said the number of cases could continue to grow, citing reporting lags and the fact the disease can develop slowly in some people, taking up to two months.
USA Today: Student loan debt hits record levels
The amount of student loans taken out last year crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time and total loans outstanding will exceed $1 trillion for the first time this year. Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards, reports the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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CNN: Palestinian leaders declare holiday to celebrate freed prisoners
Palestinian leaders declared Wednesday a holiday for government institutions and schools in celebration of the release of prisoners in exchange of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit arrived in his northern Israeli hometown Tuesday, his first day of freedom after more than five years in Hamas captivity.
CNN: Clinton makes unannounced visit to Libya
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Tripoli on Tuesday, making her the first Cabinet-level American official to go to Libya since the ouster of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
BBC: Greece general strike begins over spending cuts
A general strike is under way in Greece, grounding flights, halting most public services and shutting offices and shops. The 48-hour strike comes as parliament prepares to vote on the latest round of austerity measures, including more tax hikes, pay cuts and job losses.
CNN: Haqqani network boosts infiltration, says official
NATO and U.S. forces are seeing a marked increase in infiltration into Afghanistan from Pakistan by the militant Haqqani network, a senior NATO official said Tuesday. … Haqqani fighters are blamed for killing more than 1,000 coalition and Afghan forces.
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CNNMoney: Apple sales top $100 billion, but fall short of estimates
In the past three months, Apple set new sales and profit records for the quarter and wrapped up a fiscal year in which it blew past the $100 billion mark. It sold an all-time record number of Macs and iPads. It sounds strange, but this is what a bad quarter for Apple looks like.
Wall Street Journal: Pain Spreads to Biggest Banks
In a sign of the pain rippling through the financial system from Wall Street to Main Street, investment-banking giant Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on Tuesday posted a rare quarterly loss while Bank of America Corp. lost its title as the nation's biggest bank as it pared back its struggling consumer empire.
Financial Times: French warning to euro summit
France warned on Tuesday that European unity would be at risk if eurozone leaders failed to take bold action to tackle its sovereign debt crisis at a crucial summit this weekend.
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