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While much of the early Republican primary season has focused on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the heavyweight candidates may need to keep an eye on Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas).
Will he or won’t he? That’s the question everyone is asking about Texas Governor Rick Perry, regarding whether he will submit an eleventh-hour bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential nod. The answer became a resounding “maybe” as Perry’s aides said they were considering the logistical challenges of a run.
On Sunday, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both expressed their opposition to Republican members of the House cutting funding for the United States’ military activities in Libya. Sunday marked the 90th day of the U.S.’s involvement in Libya, and the alleged deadline, under the War Powers Resolution, for President Barack Obama to seek Congressional approval for the military campaign.
Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) won a straw poll at Saturday’s Republican Leadership Conference, gaining nearly 40 percent of the votes. Of 1,542 votes, Rep. Paul garnered 612, while GOP candidates Jon Huntsman and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) placed second and third with 382 and 191 votes respectively, according to Ron Paul’s fan site.
Professional Barack Obama Impersonator Reggie Brown was told to leave the stage at the Republican National Conference Saturday, after making several offensive jokes about the President’s biracial ethnicity. According to a POLITICO article, the act “came just one day after two high-profile Republicans — Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal — urged activists to focus only on going after Obama on policy and not engage in personal attacks.”
A number of prominent political figures have already declared their intentions to run for the Republican nomination for President. However, one man who some believe has a good shot at the nomination — Texas Governor Rick Perry — is still exploring the possibility.
Parents are outraged at Massachusetts school officials, after middle school students were forced to take a survey that included graphic questions about sex — without parental knowledge or consent. Arlene Tessitore claims her daughters were deeply disturbed by the content of a Youth Risk Behavior Study they were forced to take.
The National Security Agency and Internet service providers are working together to monitor Internet traffic, with the reported goal of preventing foreign cyberattacks against defense firms. The program uses sophisticated NSA tools to scan email and other digital traffic.
Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney feels a strong connection to America’s unemployed. After all, he counts himself among their numbers. On Thursday, Romney told a group of unemployed Floridians gathered in a coffee shop: “I’m also unemployed.”