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In a landmark television event, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly will share their remarkable story for the first time since the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011.

No more Obamneycare.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who left the race for the Republican presidential nomination last month, has endorsed Mitt Romney and joined his campaign as a national co-chair.

On Fox and Friends this morning, where Pawlenty made the announcement, he defended Romney's record on health care reform (which he had unsuccessfully attacked on the campaign trail) and joined in the dogpile on Rick Perry over his rhetoric about Social Security.

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Google last week revealed for the first time that it consumed enough electricity to power 200,000 homes in 2010. The company also said that it intends to source more than a third of its electricity from clean sources by 2012.

One way that it's trying to minimize its carbon footprint is by signing up for carbon offsets.

One of these projects comes from Duke University, where a new facility uses hog waste to generate power. Duke developed the pilot project to demonstrate the economic feasibility of capturing methane emissions from large hog farms and converting those emissions to electricity.

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The Democratic National Committee is releasing a new ad campaign in key political states in an effort to rally public support for the president’s new jobs plan. The T.V. spots urge viewers to ‘Read it. Fight for it…Pass the President’s Jobs Plan.’ They begin airing today, as President Obama himself prepares to send the bill to Congress this afternoon and embarks on a sales pitch to boost support for both his plan and reelection campaign.

While the ads don’t target any specific lawmakers or make explicit reference to the 2012 campaign, they are targeted at key markets in swing and early voting states; Tampa and Orlando, FL along with Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., for instance. In addition to the T.V. ads, the DNC is also targeting popular internet platforms such as Facebook and Hulu.

President Obama will make a statement on his jobs plan in the White House’s Rose Garden at 10:40 a.m. ET. The president expects to send his bill to Congress today. Watch Obama’s statement below:

Democrats are bracing for a possible loss in New York's 9th district, where Queens and Brooklyn residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide on a replacement for Anthony Weiner, who resigned earlier this year over lewd messages that he had sent over Twitter.

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It is the best of venues for a brawl about Social Security, and it is the worst of venues to stand up for it.

That's the conundrum facing the Republican candidates who'll gather tonight in Tampa, FL to debate once again. A central theme of the televised debate is expected to be Social Security, the popular program Rick Perry loves to hate and many of his competitors are falling all over themselves to defend.

Florida is the logical place to make this stand, for obvious population reasons. But Monday's debate, co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express and CNN, could also be the best place for Perry stick with the whole "Social Security is a monstrous lie" routine.

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