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Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, said Tuesday that the White House wants Congress to act on the entire bill rather than approaching it piecemeal. “We’re not in a negotiation to break up the package,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It’s not an a la carte menu.”

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A group representing sexual abuse victims is accusing Pope Benedict and three top Vatican officials of crimes against humanity in a formal declaration lodged with the International Criminal Court.

DUBAI (Reuters) – New al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri voiced support in an Internet video for popular revolts sweeping the Middle East, saying Arabs were no longer afraid of the United States, 10 years after the country was targeted by the militant network.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a U.K. parliamentary committee will recall News Corporation’s James Murdoch for further testimony related to the ongoing phone-hacking inquiry. His earlier testimony had been publicly disputed by former colleagues and associates.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two American men sentenced in Iran last month to eight years in prison on spying charges will be freed in two days, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told a U.S. television network.

Even though he stood before an audience most likely to support him, Rick Perry's weaknesses were exposed at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Express debate.

For nearly the entire session, Perry was attacked by his opponents on all manner of topics ranging from immigration, to the controversial HPV vaccine he briefly mandated in Texas to the so-called Texas Miracle to, of course, Social Security.

How did Perry do? Though he eventually found the answers to the questions being thrown at him, viewers were faced with the unlikely image of a tea party crowd literally booing Perry (during the conversation about letting immigrants go to college at in-state rates) and Perry on the run during the talk about HPV. Polls show he's still very clearly the frontrunner, but we saw tonight that he's not immortal.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) took a shot at Texas Gov. Rick Perry during Monday night's GOP presidential debate in response to a question about how Republican candidates were attracting Latino voters.

He fumbled.

"What what Gov. Perry has done is he provided in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, maybe that was an attempt to attract illegal vote -- I mean Latino -- voters," Santorum said.

"You attract Latino voters by talking about the importance of immigration in this country," Santorum said. "We are a melting pot, not a salad bowl, and we need to continue that tradition."

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The last two Republican presidential debates have been some of the most macabre on record. Last time around, at the Reagan Library, the crowd gave the biggest applause of the night to the 234 executions that have occurred in Texas while Rick Perry was governor.

In Tampa, Florida at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate Monday night, the tea party-filled audience literally cheered aloud for the uninsured to be allowed to die.

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