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Public Pensions Are About To Look Less Healthy

Numbers from state and local governments suggest their public pension plans are underfunded by about $1 trillion. New accounting rules are about to make that gap between what they owe and what they have on hand look bigger — much bigger, in some cases.
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Jindal's Story Intrigues, But Can It Get Him A VP Nod?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is an Indian-American with a compelling life story. At 41, he's already had a successful political career. He could also add some buzz to the GOP ticket. But his 2009 moment in the spotlight has some Republicans worrying whether he's ready to be vice president.
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Obama Courts Fla. Seniors, An Important Voting Block

At Century Village in West Palm Beach, Florida, Thursday, President Obama made an appeal to senior citizen voters. It's a group he struggled with in the 2008 election. Seniors make up about a fifth of the state's population, but they comprise nearly a third of registered voters.
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Lopsided Fundraising In Virginia's Gubernatorial Primary

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has raised nearly twice as much many as fellow gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, but some believe the party's convention format may level the playing field.

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Web Quiz Tells You Which Presidential Candidate Best Fits Your Worldview

An interactive Web quiz purports to show you which presidential candidate's views most line up with yours. It's the creation of two guys who want to encourage more political engagement. The quiz can produce some surprising results.
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From Rival To Running Mate? Possible For Pawlenty

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the son of a truck driver, an evangelical Christian, a former presidential candidate, and for months now a loyal surrogate for Republican Mitt Romney. He's also considered a top contender to become Romney's pick for vice president.
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Senate Republicans Block So-Called 'Insourcing' Act

Senate Republicans blocked another business tax cut pushed by President Obama and Democrats on Thursday. Last week it was for small businesses that hire new employees. Thursday's was for companies that bring jobs back to the United States. Republicans argued that it amounted to a tax increase on companies that left jobs overseas.

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