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CNN: Obama pushes campaign themes in Arizona and Iowa
President Barack Obama on Wednesday launched a three-day visit to five battleground states in the November election by pressing State of the Union themes of core American values and having the wealthy pay more taxes.
CNN: Romney, Gingrich battle in tight Florida race
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich and their surrogates exchanged harsh attacks Wednesday as a new poll showed them in a statistical dead heat in Florida six days before the Sunshine State's primary in the Republican presidential race.
CNN: Mitt Romney: The man on the wedding cake?
Less than 10 months from the general election, Barack Obama appears to be laying the groundwork for a reprise of Harry Truman's populist 1948 campaign. But if Obama is Truman, does that make GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney the next Tom Dewey? Maybe - at least as far as public persona goes.
CNN: Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congress
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who moved the nation with an improbable comeback after a gunman shot her in the head last year, formally resigned Wednesday in an emotional appearance in the U.S. House of Representatives.
CNN: Rescued aid worker passionate about Africa, college president says
Friends reacted with relief and joy Wednesday to the news that 32-year-old aid worker Jessica Buchanan had been freed after three months in captivity in Somalia.
CNN: State College bids farewell to Paterno
The funeral procession carrying the remains of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno traveled Wednesday past Beaver Stadium, where he paced the sidelines for more than five decades.
CNN: Psychiatrist: Hinckley should not be allowed unsupervised time out in public
Former presidential assailant John Hinckley Jr. should not be allowed to spend any unsupervised time during visits to his mother's home in Virginia, according to a psychiatrist who first met Hinckley in the 1980s and interviewed him several times in recent months.
CNN: Ohio man pleads not guilty in Craigslist job ad killings
The accused trigger man in the slayings of three men who answered a Craigslist ad for work on a cattle farm pleaded not guilty Wednesday, officials in Ohio said.
CNN:Piracy and kidnapping in Somalia
Over the past several years, the pirates of Somalia have enjoyed what might be called a following wind. But piracy in Somalia, and the associated abductions, just may have seen its heyday. In the view of John Steed, former head of the UN Counter Piracy unit, Tuesday’s rescue is “potentially a turning point.
CNN: 5 voices on Egypt's 'unfinished revolution'
Egypt's democratically elected parliament met Monday for the first time since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year. But even with Mubarak out of power and facing criminal charges, Egypt still has a long way to go.
CNN: Who are the SEALs?
The same elite Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden took part in a daring nighttime rescue in Somalia of two American and Danish foreign aid workers, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
CNN: Red Crescent official, priest killed in Syria
A Red Crescent official and a priest were among the two dozen reported killed Wednesday in Syria, where a pro-government militia stormed neighborhoods in a city already notorious for an earlier revolt.
CNN Money: With $97.6 billion, Apple has more cash than ...
Apple has nearly $100 billion in cash. $97.6 billion to be precise. That is a lot of iDough. Even for Warren Buffett. Perhaps it's time for Apple to, I don't know, use some of it?
CNN Money: Stocks jump after Fed's low-rate pledge
U.S. stocks shaved early losses and ended higher Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve said it plans to keep interest rates near historic lows through late 2014.
CNN Money: Did Obama really make government bigger?
By many measures, the federal government has indeed grown during Obama's tenure. Spending as a share of the economy has gone up. The number of federal employees has risen. More Americans are relying on federal assistance. But not all of those things were the president's doing.
In Case You Missed It…
CNN's Joe Johns looks at one of the best running feuds in politics – two former Speakers of the House at it again.
Mittens harsh position on immigration will cost him votes in Florida. But when questioned about the cost, the size of government it would take, he quickly changed it to the policy of self deportation. For some reason, the boy who wants to be king thinks that people who have been here their entire lives will voluntarily go back to their country of birth on their own.
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