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It could easily force the United States back into recession and become the issue on which the 2012 elections turn. But the national political press has all but ignored it, and none of the GOP's Presidential hopefuls have been asked about it in any of their endless series of debates.

The European monetary union is on the verge of collapse. In the wake of 2008's global financial crisis, several countries on the Euro have amassed crushing debt burdens and seen their economies stall or buckle. And now the severity of their problems, combined with political paralysis in the union's more stable countries, threatens to bring the whole system down.

If that happens -- and many analysts say its a question of when, not if -- it will plunge all of Europe into financial crisis. But that will have far reaching consequences around the globe, including in the United States, and it hasn't widely sunk in that it could break our meager recovery and weigh heavily on Presidential politics next year.

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Michael Kinsley abandons all pretenses in his Bloomberg column Friday and chooses to directly address the one question about Christie that others have been somewhat reluctant to tackle.

“Look, I’m sorry, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cannot be president: He is just too fat,” Kinsley writes. “Maybe, if he runs for president and we get to know him, we will overlook this awkward issue because we are so impressed with the way he stands up to teachers’ unions. But we shouldn’t overlook it — unless he goes on a diet and shows he can stick to it.”

A poll from Rasmussen has the Virginia Senate race between top contenders in a statistical dead heat, with Democrat and former VA Gov. Tim Kaine with the slimest of leads over former Republican Sen. George Allen, 46 – 45. The snap poll used 500 automated interviews with likely voters on Wednesday, Sept. 28th.

“The men are equally matched in terms of favorability as far as Virginia voters are concerned. Forty-seven percent (47%) have a favorable opinion of each of them. That includes 21% with a Very Favorable opinion of Kaine and 20% with a Very Favorable view of Allen,” Rasmussen wrote.

CNN has confirmed that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) raised over $5 million in third quarter fundraising. That number is up from the $4.5 million that Paul raised in the last quarter. The bump bodes well for Paul’s campaign; fundraising numbers can be just as important as polls as a gauge of a candidate’s popularity.

The man who once called Elmo out for favoring the redistribution of wealth will begin combating the left’s indoctrination of American children on Monday with his own chldren’s show. “Liberty Treehouse” will begin broadcasting on Monday on Glenn Beck’s internet network, GBTV. The hourlong show will not be hosted by the man himself, but by Raj Nair and will seek to cover political news for a younger audience from Beck’s populist conservative viewpoint.

The conservative site RedState has declared today P-Day, as it’s the date Sarah Palin has previously suggested would be her “drop-dead” date for declaring her intentions for 2012.

Rick Perry's recent attacks against Mitt Romney over his support for White House's Race To The Top program is more than just a passing hit job: it reveals a large and mostly unspoken division within the GOP over education.

"There is one person on this stage that is for Obama's Race to the Top and that is Governor Romney," Perry said in last week's debate, adding that "that is not conservative."

Actually, Mitt Romney wasn't the guy on the stage who supported Race To The Top, (although he had plenty of nice things to say about it). That would be Newt Gingrich. The former Speaker of the House actually toured the country with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the Rev. Al Sharpton to promote it.

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