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Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions and several key Democrats have supported the movement. The gain in momentum comes as offshoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.
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A Look At The Timing Of The Iowa Caucus

Guy Raz speaks with Des Moines Register reporter Kathie Obradovich about the Iowa political calendar. They discuss the Iowa caucus timing, the popularity of the candidates there and the importance of Iowa in this election.
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Perry Campaign Raises $17 Million

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign announced that it has raised more than $17 million in the first seven weeks of his presidential candidacy. Guy Raz and Melissa Block have more.
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Rubio's Veep Prospects Could Be Fueling Boycott Of GOP Debate

After a dispute between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Univision, the senator's friends called for a boycott of the network's January presidential debate. Five candidates have so far agreed.
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In Texas, Perry Has Little Say In 'Ultimate Justice'

As the longest-serving governor of Texas, Rick Perry has overseen the application of the death penalty more than any other U.S. governor — 236 times, and counting. But Perry actually has little to do with the mechanics of capital punishment in his state. And, some criminal justice reformers say, he's anything but a hang-'em-high governor.
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Connie Shultz Steps Away From Cleveland Column

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz resigned from The Plain Dealer after writing for the Cleveland newspaper for 18 years. She is married to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and she has said that she's concerned about conflicts of interest.
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Christie's Out And States Move Primaries Up

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he will not run for the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 election. And South Carolina and Florida have moved up their primaries.
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Rick Perry Raised $17 Million In Partial 3rd Qtr After Entering GOP Race Late

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's poll number may be sagging, but his campaign is flush with cash. Perry's campaign says it raised more than $17 million in the third quarter.Perry entered the Republican presidential primary race in mid August with just 49 days left before the quarterly filing deadline. But in that short time he's shot to the top of the money race.

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