Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul at Iowa State University in Ames on Aug. 13, 2011.
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August 31, 2011 From financial crises to problems with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul said, his warnings about a government that's too big and spending that's out of control have come true.
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Some of the damage: Route 107 near Bethel, Vt.
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August 31, 2011 At this point the roads are only for use by emergency vehicles and National Guard delivery trucks. Helicopters will continue to bring supplies to stricken communities.
Sept. 13, 2001: An American flag, put there by rescue workers, stands in the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
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August 31, 2011 Foreign Policy makes the case that the rise of emerging markets, the creation of social media and other events have had stronger impacts than the terrorist attacks.
August 31, 2011 In a statement, the White House said the president "is focused on the urgent need to create jobs and grow our economy" and welcomes the opportunity to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8. Obama previously said he wanted to make the speech on Sept. 7, at 8 p.m., but that time coincided with the GOP presidential debate.
August 31, 2011 "It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately," the president says in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Obama asked to speak on Wednesday. Boehner suggests Thursday instead.
August 31, 2011 In the department's view, "the proposed $39 billion transaction would substantially lessen competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services across the United States."
August 31, 2011 The bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan says most of the losses could have been avoided.
O'Donnell has a book to sell, too.
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August 31, 2011 Meanwhile, Sarah Palin has plans to be in Iowa and New Hampshire over Labor Day weekend.
August 31, 2011 When the New York City mayor switched to Spanish during his Hurricane Irene-related news conferences, many found his efforts rather amusing. And they've flocked to Twitter to have some fun at his expense. Bloomberg, or @ElBloombito, is OK with that.
August 31, 2011 While they believe "our country is undoubtedly safer and more secure than it was a decade ago," the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission warn today that some of their panel's most important recommendations remain unfilled.
The long line of job seekers at a career fair earlier this month in Plano, Texas.
August 31, 2011 Government agencies and private employers said this month that they plan to lay off 51,114 workers, the outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported this morning. Meanwhile, ADP says private payrolls rose by 91,000.
August 31, 2011 States from North Carolina north to New England continue to cope with the aftereffects of Hurricane Irene. Also today, the "9/11 Commission" warns that many of its recommendations remain unmet.
In Pompton Lakes, N.J., earlier this week, Gino Borova stood in the driveway of his house — which was flooded by water from the Ramapo River.
August 31, 2011 The idea that money spent on fixing the billions in damages will be good for the overall economy is known as the "broken window fallacy," Planet Money's Adam Davidson says. In reality, spending is just shifted around.
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Once a body is placed inside, the tank is filled with water and lye, pressurized and heated.
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August 30, 2011 Instead of being cremated or buried, advocates say dissolving bodies in a mixture of water and lye is a greener way of dealing with the dearly departed.
Michael Vick, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, earlier this month.
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August 30, 2011 Just a little more than two years ago, Vick was finishing up an 18-month prison term after being convicted on charges related to dog fighting. What's your reaction to this huge deal?
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