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Republicans in Texas want Mike Huckabee as the party's presidential nominee in 2012, with GOP voters there preferring the former Arkansas governor to their own current governor, Rick Perry, by a nearly three to one ratio, according to a new PPP poll.

In the poll, 24% of respondents said Huckabee was their first choice for the party nod. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich each notched 17%, while Ron Paul and Mitt Romney tied at 10%. Perry trailed the pack at 9% despite being immensely popular with the GOP base in his home state. Sixty-five percent of Republican voters there approve of Perry's job performance, versus 26% who disapprove, according to the poll.

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Your eyes are not deceiving you: The wing of this plane is oblique, turned 60-degrees across its fuselage. It's name is the AD-1 and it's the weirdest plane ever created by NASA. But why did they make it this way?

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A bomb found on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash., was left in an act of "domestic terrorism," an FBI spokesman said today.

"Clearly the confluence of the parade route, the timing, the fact that the device was likely placed on that route roughly an hour before the parade ... falls squarely within the realm of domestic terrorism," Frank Harrill, the special agent in charge of FBI operations in Spokane, told TPM.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), the man whose rich and varied political career has seen him become a one-time Democratic vice presidential nominee, a party apostate, and then a prodigal son of sorts, has now made it official -- announcing that he will retire from the Senate in 2012, after four terms in office.

Lieberman began the announcement by thanking his wife Hadassah, and telling a joke. "I was thinking about a year into the Senate service, with all the back and forth travel, it's not easy on the spouses. And Hadassah said to me, 'Joey, how long are you gonna stay in the Senate?'

"And I said, 'Sweetie, I want to make a promise to you: I promise that when Regis leaves television, I'll leave the Senate. And here we are."

Lieberman's announcement follows yesterday's news that a high-profile Democrat, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, was jumping into the race. The news was a clear sign that even though Lieberman had publicly mulled running again as a Democrat, there were a good number of state Dem politicians who were not willing to give him a free pass. And in addition, the polls showed that he would face a serious uphill climb in trying to win.

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by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2011, 11:07 a.m.

As we noted in the wake of the deadly shooting in Tucson, the FBI's background-check database, intended to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, didn't prevent Jared Loughner from obtaining a weapon [1] because he hasn't been declared mentally unfit by a court or been committed to a mental institution.

Federal law, however, also prohibits gun sales to anyone who's an "unlawful user of [2] or addicted to any controlled substance." And although Loughner had flunked a previous drug test when he tried to enlist in the Army in 2008, this law didn't keep him from obtaining a gun either, according to the Washington Post.

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