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The United States' ambassador to Libya returned to the country on Wednesday, the AP reports, to lead a newly re-opened U.S. embassy.

Maybe "wait until Florida" will work this time?

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was knocked from his frontrunner status in the GOP presidential primary by Texas Gov. Rick Perry a few weeks ago, but he's starting to rebound. A recent Winthrop University poll found Romney to be moving back within striking distance in South Carolina, and a new poll out Wednesday from polling firm War Room Logistics shows that the two contenders are locked in Florida with one caveat: Romney is the only candidate in a statistical dead heat against President Obama in the state.

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Reuters reports:

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dialed up its aid to the beleaguered U.S. economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector.

Jon Stewart on Tuesday celebrated the official end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military, and those who were discharged over their sexuality can now re-enlist. "That's how ridiculous this policy was," Stewart said, "the apology for the affront is, 'alright, sorry, you can go to Afghanistan and fight for your country.'"

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Updated: Sept. 21, 2011 1:03PM

A federal judge nominated by President George W. Bush has upheld the constitutionality of a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires certain parts of the country to have their election laws precleared by the federal government to prevent unlawful discrimination, shooting down a challenge from Shelby County, Alabama.

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In an open letter released by his campaign today, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) blasts President Obama for proposing to cut military benefits under his jobs and deficit reduction plans. The candidate, who is known for demanding large cuts to the federal budget, does not believe those subtractions should come from the Pentagon, writing:

"There are trillions of dollars in unwise and unconstitutional spending we must cut. There are few other leaders in Washington willing to cut spending as deeply as I am and truly balance our budget. But, we must make sure we take care of our Veterans who fought to take care of us."

Paul goes on to propose that President Obama recalls American troops from overseas in order to save the money that would otherwise be cut from their benefits.

How much is a tweet worth to a campaign? We're about to find out.

Executives from the social media giant Twitter told Politico that they are set to offer political advertising for all those interested. With the 2012 presidential campaign alone expected to cost well over $1 billion, the company is eager to compete with more traditional forms of online advertising for a share of those campaign dollars.

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