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CNN: Newt Gingrich back from the brink
Newt Gingrich will tell you his sudden surge in the polls surprises even him. Well, sort of. He thought it was going to come six weeks from now. Just in time for the Iowa caucuses.
CNN: Perry pledges to ‘uproot, tear down and rebuild’ Washington
Casting Washington as a latter-day Roman Empire, bloated and "mired in ruin," Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled a drastic plan to overhaul the federal government Tuesday in a policy speech in Iowa.
CNN: Huntsman in New Hampshire: ‘I don’t care what the rest of the country thinks’
Jon Huntsman seemed to get carried away in embracing his campaign's New Hampshire strategy Tuesday, telling an audience: "I don't care what the rest of the country thinks or feels."
New York Times: Flubs Are Rubbing Some Republicans the Wrong Way
The embarrassing moments are piling up, and some veteran Republicans are beginning to wonder whether the cumulative effect weakens the party brand, especially in foreign policy and national security, where Republicans have typically dominated Democrats.
CNN: New York court upholds eviction of Occupy protesters
A New York Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Occupy protesters will be allowed to return to Zuccotti Park, but they can't bring their tents and generators - once a mainstay of the movement.
CNN Money: Postal Service reports massive $5 billion loss
The U.S. Postal Service released its annual financial results on Tuesday, and they're nothing to write home about.
CNN: U.S. makes case against Alabama's immigration law
Alabama's immigration law is unconstitutional and aims to threaten "the most basic human needs," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing.
CNN: Solyndra was asked to delay announcing layoffs until after 2010 vote
The Department of Energy last year urged struggling solar energy company Solyndra to delay announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 elections, according to information made public Tuesday by Republican congressional investigators.
CNN: Turkey threatens to cut electricity as Syria is more isolated
Turkey threatened to cut off supplies of electricity to its neighbor Syria Tuesday, as the Damascus regime found itself under growing pressure from Arab, Turkish, European and North American governments for its ongoing lethal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
CNN: Yemen's Saleh vows to step down as president
Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave office "within 90 days" of an agreement with the regional Gulf Cooperation Council, he said in an interview.
CNN: Mexican journalists report on drug cartels despite the risks
Three years after the killing of Mexican journalist Armando Rodriguez, his colleagues said they are more determined than ever to write about the nation's drug cartels despite the risks.
CNN: Italy PM-designate meets Berlusconi party leaders
Italy's Prime Minister-designate Mario Monti says he will present a government to the country's president for approval on Wednesday after two days of negotiations with leaders of the country's major political blocs.
CNN Money: Eurozone teeters on edge of recession
European economic growth was once again virtually nonexistent in the third quarter, further raising the risk that the continent could soon fall into a new recession.
CNN Money: Federal Reserve still divided on the economy
Is the glass half full or half empty, when it comes to the U.S. economy? It depends which Federal Reserve official you ask.
CNN Money: Why Fannie, Freddie execs get paid a lot
Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need big pay packages to protect taxpayers from losing more of the billions spent to rescue the mortgage finance companies, according to the head of the agency that sets pay at the beleaguered firms.
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