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There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say.
The name of the planet is Tyche. The scientists are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud--the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our home system, one light-year in radius. They claim that data already captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed... over the next two years.

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Republicans clamoring to draft Jeb Bush into the 2012 Republican presidential primary may want to rethink their efforts, as a Fox News poll shows Obama beating Bush in a hypothetical matchup -- and it isn't even close.

In the poll, Obama led Bush by a 20-point margin nationally, 54% to 34%. Back in September, the same Fox poll found Bush, former President George W. Bush's younger brother, trailing Obama by just eight points, 45% to 37%.

Bush's standing was so bad that it put him on par with Sarah Palin, who trailed Obama 56% to 35% in the same survey. Polls have consistently shown Palin running far behind Obama, so far, in fact, that she could flip some states to the Democratic column for the first time in 50 years if she emerges as the 2012 GOP nominee.

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1||Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have discovered the remains of a ship piloted by the captain who inspired Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby Dick. The ship, named the Two Brothers, belonged to Captain George Pollard, and sank when it hit a coral reef in 1823.



Pictured here is a giant blubber hook discovered among the wreckage. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

2||Dr. Kelly Gleason of the NOAA holds a spear tip. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

3||Melville, shown here, wrote his novel about a different ship piloted by Captain Pollard, named the Essex. ||World History Archive/Newscom&&

4||A sperm whale rammed into and sank the Essex, providing the basis for Melville's tale. ||flickr.com/stefinstall&&

5||A ginger jar from the Two Brothers. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

6||Dr. Gleason swims above a ginger jar. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

7||The ship's artifacts were found in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, about 600 miles northwest of Hawaii. ||Google Maps&&

8||A grinding stone. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

9||Dr. Gleason examines a cluster of spear tips. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

10||One of four enormous try pots found on the ocean floor. Try pots were used to boil oil out of raw blubber. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

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12||A sounding lead left over from the wreckage. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

13||Dr. Gleason investigates a grinding stone. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

14||Dr. Gleason holds a sounding lead. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

15||Another try pot nestled on the ocean floor. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

16||Dr. Gleason with a ginger jar. ||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

17||Dr. Gleason hefts a blubber hook.||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

18||||NOAA/Greg McFall&&

19||Melville's tale remains a staple of American literature courses, and has inspired numerous adaptations. Here, Gregory Peck plays the role of the vengeful Captain Ahab in a 1956 film version of the novel. ||Album/Oronoz/Newscom&&

The other shoe has dropped for Jack B. Johnson, the former executive of Prince George's County, Maryland, who rose to fame when he allegedly told his wife to stuff cash in her bra as FBI agents raided their home as part of a corruption investigation.

The Valentine's Day indictment of Jack Johnson on conspiracy, extortion and bribery charges, first reported by TBD, leaves out his wife, Prince George's County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, who has already been charged in the bra-stuffing episode. But Leslie Johnson's name and campaign does come up plenty of times in the indictment against her husband.

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The Tea Party Patriots are backing up Iowa Republican Steve King in a last-ditch effort to sink "ObamaCare" before the end of winter. But they're running out of options.

King wants his party to be bold, and attach a measure hacking $100 billion out of the health care law to legislation that will fund the government from March 4 through the end of September. He knows the Democratic Senate and the White House won't let that fly -- but for him larger principles are at stake here, and if the government shuts down because of this fight, so be it.

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is firing back at Donald Trump, who provoked a cascade of boos when he declared to the Paul-friendly crowd at CPAC that the libertarian Republican Congressman from Texas can't win a presidential election.

Paul appeared today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and was asked about Trump's comments attacking his electability.

"Well, you always take that risk when you put your name on the ballot, you know -- you could get elected," Paul responded." But you know, the other thing is, is that's what they told me years ago. Because Joe, you've known me long enough that I've said the things and voted the same way for many years. And they told me that when I first started running for Congress -- there's no way you can run on that platform. You're sort of obsessed with this Constitution, and you know, you live in the Dark Ages, you can't be elected.

"So I was elected 11 times. And somebody said, well how many times has Donald Trump been elected? Does he have, really, the right to go and criticize others and say they're unelectable?"

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There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say.
The name of the planet is Tyche. The scientists are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud--the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our home system, one light-year in radius. They claim that data already captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed... over the next two years.

Read More →

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