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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – This year’s scorching Texas summer heat, in a dubious honor, broke a national record once held by Oklahoma that had stood since the Dust Bowl changed the face of the country in the 1930s.

ATLANTA (Reuters) – One woman died and nine others were sickened after breathing toxic fumes in the bathroom of a McDonald’s restaurant in south Georgia, authorities said on Thursday.

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson had a request for Gov. Rick Perry while introducing him before a speech today. According to a Washington Post account, Nelson asked for ‘some inflammatory rhetoric’ and then goaded the Texan by asking, ‘When an organization promises to give away more than what we mathematically know it takes in, what do you call it?’

Perhaps feeling a bit gun shy after his provocative performance at the debate last night, Perry completely failed to mention Social Security at all during his eight minute stump speech. Perhaps with an eye towards the presidents address tonight, he focused on jobs.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a challenge to President Obama's signature health law on Thursday, deciding that the plaintiffs in the case didn't have standing to contest the legislation.

The three-judge panel determined that a lawsuit by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and challenging the health care law's individual mandate should be dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. In a separate ruling, the majority determined that a separate lawsuit by Jerry Falwell's Liberty University should not proceed as well. In previous hearings, judges had expressed skepticism that Virginia had the standing to challenge the mandate section of the bill given that it applied to individuals and not state institutions.

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As the deficit super committee kicked off its long-awaited first meeting Thursday morning, Republicans and Democrats on the panel were in perfect agreement on one thing: failure is not an option.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the co-chairs of the joint House and Senate panel, in opening statements laid out the goal of achieving $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction over 10 years, as well as the stakes, in dire terms.

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The Internet meme-sters at Buzzfeed have distilled last night’s Republican debate into a 45-second mash-up. See how many times you can count the word “Reagan.”



LISBON (Reuters) – NATO will continue its mission in Libya as long as there is any threat to the country’s population from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi that are still offering resistance, the head of the western alliance said on Thursday.

Well, here's something: to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, former Florida congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has spilled his heart out in the form of a song.

The Huffington Post caught up with Scarborough to get some insight into his country track "Reason to Believe."

"It's critical that we remember the heroes of 9/11 and those who are still fighting in an endless war," he said. "They need to come home. It's time."

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Last night's Social Security exchange made clear that Mitt Romney is fashioning himself as the electable moderate in contrast with the more extreme Rick Perry. But it's not just on entitlements where Romney is sending that message, his recent focus on the economy fits the dynamic as well.

Looking to draw attention to his campaign's core message, his business know-how, he recently released a detailed economic plan and named a surprisingly credible set of advisers to his campaign. Maybe a little too credible, actually.

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