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CNN: Obama to speak during Super Tuesday
President Barack Obama will hold a news conference Tuesday shining a light on his administration for a moment on a day the nation will mostly be focused on the Republican Party and Super Tuesday. Obama will address the media Tuesday afternoon, his first formal news conference since last year, the White House said.
CNN: Rivals jostle to stymie Romney, gain momentum on Super Tuesday
The momentum heading into Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will weigh in, clearly is with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. He has won the last four states, and scored recent endorsements from conservative stalwarts such as former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
CNN: What if America’s Super Tuesday isn’t so super after all?
Super Tuesday is traditionally a turning point in the campaign for the U.S. presidency, but it may pass without having the impact its name implies because the Republican Party has a pesky problem - it can't decide whom it wants in the White House.
CNN: Analysis: Don’t expect finality on Super Tuesday
Since 1988, when Michael Dukakis beat his main Democratic rivals in a slew of March primary states, "Super Tuesday" has usually played a pivotal role in determining presidential nominees in both parties. This year, it will not.
CNN: Holder: Not ‘assassination’ to target Americans in terror hunt
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday defended the targeted killing of U.S. citizens abroad who are suspected of plotting to kill Americans, rejecting critics' arguments that those strikes amount to assassinations.
CNN: Snow blankets tornado rubble, complicating cleanup
Cleanup workers make plodding progress Monday in parts of Kentucky and Indiana where fresh snow complicated efforts to dig out of the destruction wrought by last week's deadly tornadoes.
CNN: More Limbaugh advertisers jump ship
Rush Limbaugh's apology for labeling a law student a "slut" and "prostitute" failed to stem an exodus of advertisers from his radio show, as another company said Monday it was withdrawing spots from the conservative program.
CNN: ‘Hits-for-cash’ bounty scandal rocks National Football League
The far-reaching investigation into a "bounty" scandal is reverberating across the National Football League and threatens to tarnish the loveable image of the New Orleans Saints franchise.
CNN: McCain calls for airstrikes on Syria
Sen. John McCain called Monday for the United States to lead an international effort to protect the Syrian population by carrying out piloted airstrikes on Syrian government forces.
CNN: Netanyahu warns time running out on Iran
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday they stand together in their efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but Netanyahu warned that time for diplomacy was running short.
CNN: Observers slam Russian vote as Putin declares victory
Thousands of people in Moscow rallied for and against Vladimir Putin in separate rallies Monday after official election results showed the Russian prime minister handily winning back the presidency.
CNN: The Iran threat: Separating fact from fiction
The narrative by those who fear Iran most goes something like this: Iran is ruled by mad mullahs and a deranged president who are secretly building nuclear bombs and could be crazy enough to use them – therefore they must be stopped, even if it means attacking Iran first. But top U.S. military officials and leading analysts say the frightening rhetoric about Iran doesn’t always match the facts.
CNN Money: India bans cotton exports
India banned all cotton exports on Monday, causing U.S. cotton futures to surge and igniting fears of another jump in prices for cotton goods.
CNN Money: American manufacturers importing workers
U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them. Business for factories has surged recently, creating a huge demand for machinists, tool and die makers, computer-controlled machine programmers and operators.
CNN Money: Income goes up…especially for the rich
After two years of declines, Americans' income finally rose in 2010. The Internal Revenue Service provided a first peek at taxpayers' returns and it showed that adjusted gross income totaled $8 trillion, up 5.2% from 2009. But a closer look at the data reveals that only the wealthiest Americans will be popping the Cristal.
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