If you are feeling a bit underwhelmed by the current field of Republican candidates for president, you need not feel alone.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that only one American in four has a good or excellent impression of the prospective challengers to President Obama – whose own poll numbers suggest he is vulnerable in 2012.
Lettuce at an organic vegetable farm in Teltow, Germany. Organic farmers in Germany are reporting a surge in demand for lettuce and cucumbers in the wake of an outbreak of <em>E. coli</em> after health officials warned people not to eat cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes, though organic produce may not necessarily be safer.
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It's been well over a week since something rotten turned up in Germany. But scientists still aren't sure where it came from.
They suspect that an unusual variant of E. coli could have contaminated cucumbers, lettuce and/or tomatoes and German officials are still warning against eating them.
But the ultimate source of the foodborne illness continues to stymie them.
It's a well-known story — the one where European conquerors ravaged the New World with disease in the 15th century. That story repeated itself, in a very different way, in the early part of the 20th century in Texas.
Only it wasn't illness that German and Czech settlers were spreading to unsuspecting Hispanics, Creoles and Cajuns. This time, it was a musical instrument from which they would not recover.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing exits his team garage before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit in May.
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Just as Bahrain was scheduled to host it's first Formula One Grand Prix, the country erupted with protests. The country's Shiite majority demanded reform from the Sunni royalty.
The Grand Prix was cancelled amid a bloody crackdown that culminated with the government calling in troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the dismantling of the Pearl Roundabout, which had become the Bahraini opposition's Tahrir Square.
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This time is different. After several years and one hung jury, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has taken the stand for the first time. He began testifying last week in his retrial on 20 federal corruption charges. Blagojevich talked about everything from politics to love. And then, late yesterday, the fireworks began when prosecutors were finally able to cross-examine him.
The House voted Friday on two resolutions addressing concern that President Obama has not sought congressional approval for military operations in Libya. One sponsored by Speaker John Boehner says the president has not given Congress a compelling rationale for the operations. It was adopted. The other was not adopted: It was offered by Democrat Dennis Kucinich and would give the president 15 days to remove forces from Libya.