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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A massive blackout caused by “human failure” left nearly 5 million people without power in parts of California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday, and officials said many residents may be out of service for a day or more.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Some senior Muammar Gaddafi loyalists are among a new group that has fled to Niger, security sources there said on Friday, a day before a deadline expires for the surrender of some of the deposed leader’s remaining strongholds in Libya.

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he has no regrets about helping bring former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in from the cold in 2004 and that Gaddafi’s mistake was his failure to carry out reforms at home.

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced new accusations on Friday over a prostitution scandal that has added a fresh distraction as Italy struggles to avert a debt crisis which could tear the euro zone apart.

Newt Gingrich complained to supporters in a conference call on Thursday night that his campaign gets so little coverage, voters are barely aware it exists.

"I have people tell me on a regular basis, 'Gee, are you still running?'" he said, responding to a question from a dispirited supporter asking why the campaign was faring so poorly.

Gingrich blamed the press for his predicament, his favorite target in the last two debates as well.

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The Republican side of the House floor burst into laughter during President Barack Obama's big jobs speech on Thursday when he said his plan "isn't class warfare."

They also didn't take to kindly when President Obama name-dropped billionaire Warren Buffet, who he said "pays a lower tax rate than even his secretary -- an outrage he has asked us to fix."

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You can say what you want about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) -- but she won't stand for anyone talking smack about her legislative body.

Bachmann gave an unsanctioned rebuttal to President Obama's job speech in a Capitol Hill TV studio Thursday night in which she dismissed the address as so much warmed-over Obama rhetoric with little or no chance of success. She called it "just a retread of everything he's put forward before that's failed."

But what really grinds her gears was what she called his blatant "insulting of Members of Congress" that came "almost right out of the gate" in his speech.

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For a man who's selling himself as a solid and stolid type, Mitt Romney's "response" to Obama's Jobs Speech was rather outside-the-box. It takes the form of a rather rocking electronica-infused music video. True, it packages familiar talking points, but it sure beats a boring old email.

Video after the jump.

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The biggest outside GOP organization in the 2012 election just got bigger.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is joining Karl Rove's two unlimited donation groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, to help raise cash. And the two organizations are raising expectations to coincide with his arrival: according to a press release, they plan to more than double their goal of raising $120 million through 2012.

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September 8, 2011, courtesy of the White House: Remarks of President Barack Obama in an Address to a Joint Session of Congress Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. This past week, reporters have been asking "What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, and the next election?" But the millions of Americans who are watching right now: they don't care about politics. They have real life concerns. Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by - giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.

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