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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gave a former government spokesman the cabinet post responsible for the Fukushima nuclear crisis on Monday, acting to limit the damage to his new cabinet after the previous minister quit over gaffes.

The Democratic National Committee has a new TV ad up promoting President Obama's jobs bill.

The ad shows a clip from Obama's address to Congress last week: "The next election is 14 months away. And the people who sent us here -- the people who hired us to work for them -- they don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months."

On-screen text shows the address for a DNC website promoting the plan, and exhorts viewers: "Read it. Fight for it."

The ad will run in several targeted media markets in swing areas: Denver, Colorado; Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Las Vegas , Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia; and Washington, DC.

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Bradlee Dean isn't just Minnesota's favorite anti-gay preacher -- he's also a concerned citizen. He's worried about the future of America, and so, he's decided to write President Obama a letter. And he apparently thinks the president might be interested in what he has to say.

In the rambling, three-page letter, Dean writes about his troubled past, his insecurities and the eventual path to his current faith. He writes about a "radical homosexual agenda" backed by the government. And while Dean didn't vote for Obama, he writes that he "rejoiced in heart" at Obama's election. But Dean's not impressed by the president's first term.

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After announcing a program aimed at cutting $5 billion from its annual expense by 2013 earlier today, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan announced that the bank was cutting 30,000 jobs, roughly 10% of its work force, ‘over the next few years.’ The statement was released after an appearance by Moynihan at a Barclays conference where the executive discussed plans for the overhaul but did not make any reference to job cuts. Instead, he focused on squeezing savings from merging legacy data centers, deposit systems and other assets the bank had acquired over the years.

While the statement did not provide specifics on where jobs may be cut, the bank did state that it ‘expects that attrition and the elimination of appropriate unfilled roles will be a significant part of the anticipated decrease in jobs.’ The news follows on the heels of similar announcements from other large banks. Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have also begun reductions in their work forces.

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists and politicians accused the ruling military leaders of breaking a promise to end emergency law, after authorities said they would reintroduce special security courts following an attack on the Israeli embassy.

Ahead of the next Republican presidential debate tonight, Rick Perry is out with a softer-sounding attack on Social Security that may signal his opponents' attacks on his Ponzi scheme rhetoric are starting to have an effect.

In a USA Today op-ed published Monday, Perry once again casts himself as the one man willing to tell the truth about the current state of the nation's public retirement system. But he leaves his "monstrous lie" talking points at the door, preferring to discuss how he'll keep the miserable, failed program alive for the future.

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From the ABC News story:

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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