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CNN: Obama: GOP made political 'calculation' to 'stand on the sidelines'
President Barack Obama accused Republicans of making a blunt political calculation after his election three years ago, deciding to resist his initiatives, skirt compromise and bank on the economy getting worse to bolster their re-election prospects.
CNN: Senate GOP leader predicts a payroll tax deal
Congress will agree to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year, two leading conservative Senate Republicans said Sunday.
CNN: Five things we learned from Saturday's debate
Newt Gingrich's position at the top of the Republican presidential field made him the target of his rivals in the 12th major GOP debate Saturday in Iowa, a little more than three weeks before the state's caucuses launch the 2012 primaries. Here are five things we learned from the debate.
Washington Post: Iowa caucuses are still first, but are they no longer foremost?
Four years ago, Iowa was awash in presidential candidates crisscrossing the state. Campaign headquarters were packed with staffers and volunteers. The airwaves were clogged with political commercials. Excitement was palpable. Today, everything seems different.
CNN: 'Mother Robin' wins CNN Hero of the Year
Robin Lim, an American woman who has helped thousands of poor Indonesian women have a healthy pregnancy and birth, was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday night.
CNN: Source: Former Penn State coach Paterno in hospital after fracturing pelvis
Joe Paterno was admitted to a hospital Sunday morning after fracturing his pelvis when he slipped and fell at his home the previous night, a source close to the Paterno family said.
CNN: Cincinnati, Xavier suspend players after basketball brawl
Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati both said on Sunday that they have suspended players in the wake of a brawl between their schools' basketball players.
CNN: Gunman identified in Hollywood shooting
Authorities on Saturday identified a gunman killed by police after he opened fire at passing vehicles along a downtown street in Hollywood.
CNN: Syrian opposition: Bloodbath could be imminent in Homs
The Syrian government has warned protesters in the city of Homs to stop demonstrations, hand in weapons and surrender defecting military members by Monday night or face bombardment, an opposition leader said.
CNN: Medvedev orders probe into elections, site says
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for a probe into allegations of vote fraud in recent parliamentary elections, according to a post on his Facebook page Sunday.
CNN: Panama's ex-ruler Noriega returns home after 22 years
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Sunday evening in his home country, nearly 22 years after U.S. forces forcibly removed him from office.
CNN: Pakistani Taliban commander: Peace talks under way with government
A faction of the Taliban in Pakistan's tribal region is holding peace talks with the government, a commander for the militant group said Sunday.
CNN Money: Stocks: the Federal Reserve, Europe dominate
Once again investors will be looking overseas for any signals out of Europe on the fate of the eurozone and the euro.
CNN Money: Lice business makes a killing
Twenty years ago, Adele Horowitz was experiencing every parents' nightmare: finding out your kid has head lice, and then trying to get rid of the pests. There had to be a better way. So Horowitz started Licenders, a professional lice-removal company, which is well, making a killing.
Wall Street Journal: Investors Brace for Bank Verdict on EU Plan
European governments and investors await Monday a verdict on the summit accord hammered out late last week from the one institution they believe can halt the euro zone's downward debt spiral: the European Central Bank.
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►CNN: Obama: GOP made political 'calculation' to 'stand on the sidelines'
Yes they did – Americans see it – all they did was continuously whine
But the “tainted” RIGHT in the end will realize that they’re on the decline
And the voters will decide in 2012 who they “really” want on their side!!
►CNN: Senate GOP leader predicts a payroll tax deal
But they better remember the word “VETO” before the tax deal is “sealed”
►CNN: Five things we learned from Saturday's debate
1. ginGRINCH is a false prophet – Romney still don’t “get it”
2. Paul is consistently out of his mind – Bachmann “constantly” whines
3. Santorum is as arrogant as the GRINCH – Huntsman was missing, what it is “gllinch?”
4. In 2012, I’ll take a $10,000 bet – what the hell!!!
5. That President Obama, without a doubt – will do quite well!!!
►Washington Post: Iowa caucuses are still first, but are they no longer foremost?
It’s just a bunch of me, ME, MEs who feel they control everyone’s mind – yep, it’s all a joke!!
Off to work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!