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The death of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's operations in Yemen, is likely to impact American Arabs and Muslims in positive fashion, according to Dr. Hussein Ibish, former communications director for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Commitee.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) released the following statement on the death of American-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki:

"The United States military and our intelligence community have demonstrated again why they are the best in the world. With the greatest of skill, they successfully took out Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader known for recruiting terrorists who would carry out deadly plots against innocent Americans. As one of the most-wanted terrorists, al-Awlaki was linked to the tragic and deadly shooting at Fort Hood, and was connected to a failed attempt to bomb a U.S. bound passenger jet on Christmas Day 2009.

"I want to applaud and thank our men and women in uniform, and those who gather intelligence, for their brave and sacrificial work. We know that enemies of freedom, like al-Awlaki, are relentlessly bent on the destruction of our great country. They wake up every morning seeking new ways to terrorize and kill. But, once again, the courageous fighting force of the United States of America has defeated them."

The Occupy Wall Street protests, which this week received a boost from pledges of support of local unions, are expanding not only in the number of participants but in geographical scope as well: Demonstrators in Boston, Denver, Chicago, Santa Fe, Lexington, Kentucky, and now three big California cities, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, have all joined or are preparing to join the movement. A website has been set up calling for Floridians to occupy cities across the state on November 5, "Guy Fawkes Day." In total, there have been online calls to action in over 77 cities across the United States, most of them slated to occur within the first week of October.

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According to a PPP poll, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s approval rating has edged up slightly, but it still lingers at 36% approval and 52% disapproval.

From the release: “… (Rick) Scott still has scant company at the bottom of the well of governors.”

The state of Florida's special committee has officially voted to hold the state's presidential primary on January 31, violating the RNC rules mandating that the state hold its contest no earlier than March 6.

The move is sure to trigger retaliations by the official early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, thus moving the primaries into early January, a month ahead of the original February dates that the national Republican Party had hoped to achieve.

This is something of a repeat of what happened in 2008, when Florida insisted on holding its primary in January and breaking the rules of both national parties. This led to Florida losing half its delegates on the Republican side -- but the state still benefited from being a major political victory for John McCain, clinching his momentum for the nomination.

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The national progressive cash just keeps showering down on Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign.

TPM has learned that MoveOn raised more than $300,000 for Warren with an email fundraising campaign launched Thursday morning. The group will announce the figure later today.

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A new poll conducted by Elon University in North Carolina shows that a majority of the residents there, 56 percent, are against a proposal to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the state’s constitution. Further, a bigger majority of 62 percent are in support of either full marriage rights or civil unions for gay couples.

39 percent support the ban on gay marriage and 34 percent are against any recognition of legal recognition for gay couples.


Ideally, if you've gotten permission from Warren Buffett to use his name to describe your tax plan, you want him to be affirmatively on board with all of it.

But asked by CNBC whether he supports President Obama's tax plan, Buffett hedged quite a bit.

"Well, the precise program, I don't know what their program will be," Buffett said. "My program would be on the very high incomes that are taxed very low -- not just high incomes.... If they make a lot of money and pay a low tax rate, like me, it would be changed by a minimum tax."

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The Department of Energy's Secretary Steven Chu green-lighted ongoing financing for the now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra even after the department learned that Solyndra had technically defaulted on its loan in December, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Department spokesman Damien LaVera said in a statement that the logic behind the move was to give the company "the best posible chance" at being able to go on to pay back the loan.

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