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Florida GOP To Move Up Presidential Primary, Defying National Party

Sunshine State Republicans have long been expected to throw the 2012 GOP presidential primary-and-caucus season into its usual chaos.Reports Wednesday that legislators will schedule the state's primary on Jan. 31, a week earlier than the tentative date for the usual first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, would accomplish that.
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As Anita Perry Hits Campaign Trail, Five Things You Should Know

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to run for president, his wife, Anita, urged him to get out of his "comfort zone." As she hits the trail in Iowa this week, we offer a brief look at her time as a nurse and advocate in the Lone Star State.
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Obama Campaign Faces Uphill Battle In Colorado

President Obama won Colorado in the 2008 election, and Democrats hoped it was a sign that the Rocky Mountain West was turning from red to blue. But analysts say he faces a tougher contest there for re-election next year.
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Christie's Denials Don't Squelch Candidacy Rumors

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly said he does not plan on running for president in 2012. That hasn't quashed speculation that he'll reconsider. And nothing Christie said during an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Library in California seemed to dampen the hopes of his fans.
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Cain's Catchy 9-9-9 Tax Plan Draws Interest, Doubters

The Republican presidential candidate proposes a flat 9 percent income tax, corporate tax and national sales tax. It attracted the attention of Republican voters in Florida's straw poll, where Cain took first place. But economists wonder how well it would work.
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The Hard Economics Of High Holy Days

As synagogues head into High Holy Days, they're finding that the economy is fundamentally affecting their finances. Some rabbis are giving away tickets for people who can't afford them, and others face deeper financial problems not seen since the Depression.
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Rep. Davis Holds Town Hall Meeting

Members of the House are back at home this week, hearing from constituents. On Monday night, Democratic Rep. Danny Davis held a town hall meeting in the Chicago suburbs.

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