Sep 5, 2011, 10:28 p.m.

Analysis: Is Congress hurting the economy?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the economy facing a heightened risk of sliding back into recession, the country's elected representatives may be pushing it closer to the brink. Democrats and Republicans say job creation is a top priority as they return to work this week, but there is a growing body of evidence that Congress is actually hurting the economy.

Perry and Romney tied among California Republicans

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are tied in the race for the Republican presidential nomination among Californians, a University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times poll showed. President Barack Obama is ahead of the Republican field for the 2012 election by double-digit percentages in Democrat-heavy California, according to the poll released late on Sunday.

Rick Perry skips campaign forum to deal with Texas fires

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry canceled a scheduled appearance at a Republican presidential campaign forum in South Carolina on Monday to return home and supervise a fight against rampaging wildfires. Perry, who leads in opinion polls in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, urged Texans to exercise extreme caution as the fires burned across the state and killed two people.

Palin urges Tea Partiers to avoid squabbles

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Sarah Palin urged Tea Party members on Monday to avoid infighting and focus on removing President Barack Obama from office. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, speaking at a Tea Party rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, also continued to tease supporters on whether she would join the Republican presidential competition.

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