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CNN: Romney sweeps Tuesday primaries, declares race is on with Obama
After Mitt Romney swept the five Republican primaries being contested Tuesday, he turned from securing the Republican nomination and toward the general election against President Barack Obama.
CNN: Ex-aide testifies he helped cover up Edwards affair
A former aide to then-presidential candidate John Edwards testified Tuesday he helped cover up Edwards' affair with a campaign videographer. The scheme, according to Andrew Young, included him claiming he was the father of Rielle Hunter's child to protect Edwards.
CNN: How Obama is using student loan issue to recapture the youth vote
The issue of student debt is fast becoming a political football, and one President Barack Obama hopes to score with young voters. But his likely Republican opponent is trying to take the ball off the field by also supporting the freeze.
CNN: Gingrich’s words sure to fuel speculation of what’s close at hand
Besieged by questions over his future in the presidential race, Newt Gingrich vowed to forge ahead on Tuesday night. And yet Gingrich’s own words are sure to be interpreted, by many, as clues to what’s close at hand.
CNN: Justices to hear Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration law
The Supreme Court is bracing for another election-year legal and political fight over Arizona's immigration law, which has met strong opposition from the Obama administration. Oral arguments will be held Wednesday morning.
CNN: Two more Secret Service agents resign over Colombia scandal
Two more Secret Service members have resigned over a Colombia prostitution scandal, the agency said Tuesday, while another member is being forced out and two more were cleared of serious misconduct.
CNN: Mad cow case confirmed in California
The nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes referred to as "mad cow disease," has been confirmed in a dairy cow in central California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
CNN: First criminal charges filed in BP oil spill
A former BP engineer has been charged with destroying 200-plus text messages about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including one concluding that the undersea gusher was far worse than reported at the time. Kurt Mix faces two counts of intentionally destroying evidence requested by authorities, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
CNN: U.N. sources: Syria won't accept observers from certain countries
U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has expressed dismay over reports that the Syrian government resumes brutal attacks on cities once U.N. monitors leave - the latest sign that diplomatic efforts are failing to quash the bloodshed in the country.
CNN: Pakistan test fires medium-range missile
Pakistan said Wednesday that it had conducted a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, just days after its arch-rival India tested a longer-range missile.
CNN: Top al Qaeda leader dead in airstrike, Yemen says
The fourth-most wanted al Qaeda leader in Yemen was killed on Tuesday in an airstrike in the northeastern province of Mareb, the Yemeni government announced. Two senior security officials told CNN that U.S. drones conducted the airstrike.
CNN: South Africa gang-rape suspects head to court
Seven of the eight suspects who are accused of taking part in a brutal videotaped gang-rape of a teenager will appear in a South African court Wednesday to ask for bail. It is unlikely that the suspects, accused in a crime that has shocked many in South Africa, will be granted bail, officials have said.
CNN Money: $1.6 billion in missing MF Global funds traced
Investigators probing the collapse of bankrupt brokerage MF Global said Tuesday that they have located the $1.6 billion in customer money that had gone missing from the firm. But just how much of those funds can be returned to the firm's clients, and who will be held responsible for their misappropriation, remains to be seen.
CNN Money: Student loan rate hike: What you need to know
On July 1, the interest rates on student loans subsidized by Uncle Sam will double to 6.8%. The upshot? Students taking out loans for the next school year will have to dig deeper in their pockets to pay them off. Unless Congress steps in to stop the increase from going forward.
CNN Money: Plan to fix Postal Service gets Senate test
The Senate was expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a plan to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service, an effort that could save thousands of jobs and 100 mail processing plants now slated to be closed or consolidated next month.
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Rick Santorum discusses Mitt Romney, and reveals details about a potential endorsement.
There we go! This debate about Mormons will be interesting. Some might say that Osteen is not a Christian, either.
The Hot Topic every day:
How low will the GOBP go?
I remembered when Obama took over, the economy was retracting at a depression level pace of 9 percent, about six month later the economy was growing at about 4 percent. The economy stopped growing at 4 percent when Scott brown took over and kill the Democrat fillabuster proof Senate. These repubs vetoed 99.9 percent of Obama agenda from then until now. I sometimes wondered if Scott brown didn't got elected, how far the country would have grown. that 13 percent growth in 6 month when Obama took over was unheard of and probably will not be heard of again. Obama 1,2 punch of bailing out companies like GM and Chrysler directly with the bush tarp, coupled with pushing stimulous money to the spenders who then bailed out companies like Ford motor company, was brilliant.