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Standard & Poor’s has issued a warning to the European Union’s bailout fund, saying that if any AAA credit euro member is downgraded, the bailout fund may lose its AAA rating also. S&P on Monday issued a credit warning to the major European Union countries.

Donald Trump on Fox Tuesday morning said the debate he will moderate later this month will get better ratings than the other debates before it. Responding to criticism from Karl Rove, Trump called the GOP operative a “political hack.”

Michele Bachmann on Morning Joe Tuesday morning said her campaign hasn’t yet decided whether to attend Donald Trump’s GOP debate later this month. Bachmann added that Trump is a “great guy.”

Reuters reports:

A suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Kabul on Tuesday killing at least 54 people in unprecedented sectarian violence a day after Afghanistan’s Western allies pledged long-term support once their troops leave.

The United Nations is urging factions in Yemen to halt attacks on civilians so human rights monitors and aid can access the country, Reuters reports.

A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning to march on Capitol Hill over the next several days in an effort they’re calling “Take Back the Capitol.”

Talk about a clash of the titans.

You may have thought Donald Trump's media highlight today came when he noted he would try to entice further GOP candidates into his "debate" by making his endorsement partly dependent upon attendance. Or you might have been under the impression that his new idea of an "Apprentice"-style scheme for poor kids was what won the day.

But if you thought either of these things, you'd be sadly mistaken. Earlier on Monday a rather grumpy Trump was let loose upon Chuck Todd's morning show on MSNBC and - as they used to say in the TV listings - hilarity ensued. It was an incredibly obstreperous, cranky performance that even had Todd openly rolling his eyes. Watch below, if you can bear...

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The new Public Policy Polling (D) survey of the Iowa caucuses provides further corroboration of recent polls, with Newt Gingrich ahead in the key first Republican contest -- and with Ron Paul pulling narrowly ahead of Mitt Romney for second place.

The numbers: Gingrich 27%, Paul 18%, Romney 16%, Michele Bachmann 13%, Rick Perry 9%, Rick Santorum 6%, Jon Huntsman 4%, and Gary Johnson 1%.

In the previous PPP survey of Iowa, from mid-October, Herman Cain led with 30%, followed by Romney at 22%, Paul 10%, Perry 9%, Gingrich 8%, Bachmann 8%, Santorum 5%, Huntsman 1%, and Johnson 1%.

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NASA on Monday announced it had discovered what could be the most Earth-like exoplanet yet -- and the one with the best potential of supporting life besides Earth -- using its Kepler orbital spacecraft and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

"This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth's twin," said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist, in a press release from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The newly discovered planet, Kepler-22b, is 2.4 times the radius of Earth and is locked in a 290-day orbit, similar in length to that of Earth's year, around a star similar to our Sun located 600 light years away.

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