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CNN: CNN Poll: Obama tied with Romney and Paul in November showdowns
Mitt Romney is all tied up with President Barack Obama in a likely general election matchup, with the president showing signs of weakness on the economy and Romney seen as out of touch with ordinary Americans, according to a new national survey.
CNN: Huntsman couldn’t shed mini-Romney perception
His blend of moderate and conservative positions, as well as his Mormon faith, combined to cast Huntsman as too similar to fellow Mormon Mitt Romney and therefore unable to overcome the former Massachusetts governor's huge advantage in name recognition, funding and organization.
CNN: Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad
A conservative group announced Monday they were spending millions to spotlight President Barack Obama's involvement in the failed green energy firm Solyndra, which received loan guarantees from the federal government before it declared bankruptcy.
CNN: CNN Poll: Shift on describing economy doesn’t help president’s numbers
The number of Americans who say economic conditions in the country are "very poor" has dropped dramatically, according to a new national survey.
CNN: Holder vows to protect voting rights at MLK event in South Carolina
Attorney General Eric Holder joined NAACP leaders on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on Monday, with the Confederate flag fluttering overhead, to promise he will aggressively protect federal voting rights for minorities.
CNN: After sinking, some wonder: Is cruising safe?
The possibility of sinking is the last thing you want to think about when booking a carefree vacation at sea.
CNN: Controversy puts Mississippi's long-standing 'trusty' program in spotlight
The pardons of convicted killers by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour has forced Mississippians to take a look at an ageless program that employed violent men - including convicted murderers - inside the governor's mansion and put those men on a fast track to a full pardon - and freedom.
CNN: Duchess of York cancels U.S. trip, raises questions
The Duchess of York, who faces charges in Turkey for going undercover and secretly filming children at a state-run home for a 2008 documentary, canceled a recent trip to the United States because of the case, a source and her spokesman said.
CNN: Tense Triangle: Iran, Israel and US
In seeking to avoid a military confrontation with Iran, the United States is navigating a myriad of potential landmines that has created a tense triangle between Iran, Israel and the U.S.
CNN: Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say
Government forces killed at least 13 people in Syria on Monday, including five soldiers who died trying to defect during a firefight and five people who were shot to death waiting in line at a bakery, opposition groups said.
CNN: Disaster at sea: Luxury cruise turns into nightmare
On board the Costa Concordia, thousands of passengers were dining, drinking, attending a magic show, perhaps trying their luck in the casino.
CNN: Bedouin leaders threaten armed rebellion against Egyptian government
Egypt's military-led government, struggling to manage the transition to democracy, has a rising adversary: rebellious Bedouin tribes.
CNN Money: Greek debt talks to resume
Greek debt talks are set to resume this week as the country at the heart of Europe's financial crisis struggles to get another round of bailout funds.
CNN Money: Gas prices may get close to $5 in some spots
The new year has greeted Americans with the highest January gas prices ever, and some analysts say prices could get close to $5 a gallon in some areas during the warm-weather driving season.
CNN Money: Wikipedia, Reddit plan blackout in SOPA protest
A handful of large websites will go dark on Wednesday to protest an anti-piracy bill that critics say will wreck the Internet as we know it.
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