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One Year Ago Today -- PICTURES

May 24, 2012

So much can happen in 24 hours, enough that it can at times be difficult to remember at 11 p.m. what happened at 11 a.m. As time passes, that effect is magnified. So, to remind you of what was going on at this point last year, here's a look at "today," one year ago. 

Former Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, waits to be introduced during a campaign stop at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Supporters of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare sing at a protest in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

People dressed as Santa Claus take part at a running race in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, on Sunday, Dec.25, 2011. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)


Vietnamese women in traditional long dress wave national flags of Vietnam and China as China's Vice President Xi Jinping attends the 12th friendship youths meeting between the two nations in Hanoi Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. Xi, now China's president, was in Hanoi for a three-day visit to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen, Pool)

President Obama and his dog Bo visit with a poodle named Cinnamon as they check out at PetSmart, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew (center) is assisted by Rabbi Levi Shemtov (left) and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov (right) as they light the National Hanukkah Menorah during a ceremony on The Ellipse in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, marking the first night of Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


In this Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 photo, North Koreans grieve after learning the death of their leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo)

People gather to lay flowers and light a candle to commemorate the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel at the Venceslaw's square in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division celebrate through the roof hatches of their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as they drive out on the U.S. military's last combat patrol in the country, at Camp Adder near Nasiriyah Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)


President Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, speaks to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C,  Dec. 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Workmen rush to clean the area of debris before the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Afghanistan Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak, in Kabul, Afghanistan,Wednesday, Dec., 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


From left, Malia Obama, President Obama, and performers Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice, and Justin Bieber, stand on stage at the annual Christmas in Washington taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A demonstrator holds a poster showing a manipulated photograph of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a mass rally to protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Tens of thousands of people held the largest anti-government protests that post-Soviet Russia has ever seen on Saturday to criticize electoral fraud and demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns his book that he signed for a supporter as he returns home in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, after he was sentenced by Judge James Zagel to 14 years in prison for his convictions on 18 corruption counts, including trying to to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


A Yemeni protestor holds a dagger and chants slogans during a demonstration demanding the prosecution of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump shake hands after they met and spoke to the media in New York, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Russian soldiers stand in line at a polling station in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Russians cast their in national parliamentary elections Sunday.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)


Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michelle Bachmann has her hair tended to in a commercial break during her appearance on the Republican Presidential Forum on "Huckabee," the Fox News program hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 in New York.(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen in poster at left, demonstrate against the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.(AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

Fadila Mohammed, 90, holds up her inked thumb that shows she has voted at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Polls opened Tuesday for a second day of voting in Egypt's landmark parliamentary elections, the first since Hosni Mubarak's ouster in a popular uprising earlier in 2011. 


Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is surrounded by members of the media on Nov. 28, 2011, after announcing in Newton, Mass., he will not seek reelection in 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Jeff Rousset holds a sign during a demonstration by Occupy Philly, at Dilworth Plaza, in Philadelphia, Sunday Nov. 27, 2011, in defiance of the city's eviction order.(AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

President Barack Obama chats with actor Bill Murray before an NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Towson in Towson, Md., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


President Barack Obama walks away from the podium after making a statement at the White House after the congressional debt supercommittee failed to reach an agreement on debt reduction on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Washington.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media at a City Hall press conference, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in New York. Bloomberg said Jose Pimentel, pictured at right, who plotted to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home has been arrested on numerous terrorism-related charges. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during the Thanksgiving Family Forum sponsored by The Family Leader as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., looks on, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Astronauts John Glenn, left, and Buzz Aldrin take part in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, where they were presented with Congressional Gold Medals. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Vice-President Joe Biden talks with reporters following a campaign stop at a firehouse in Euclid, Ohio on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry waits to speak at the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Bettendorf, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


APEC leaders (L-R) South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Mexican Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari, U.S. President Barack Obama, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Philippines President Benigo Aquino III, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and Taiwanese Special Envoy Dr. Lien Chan wave after a group photo during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Kapolei, Hawaii on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC Summit in Honolulu, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., heads into a closed-door session of the so-called debt "super committee" on Nov. 9, 2011. Its ultimate failure to reach an agreement served as a prelude to the difficult fiscal negotiations leaders in Congress will engage in over the next two months.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


President Obama reacts as a child plays with Lego style building blocks during his visit to a classroom at Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa., on Nov. 8, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Surrounded by military veterans, President Obama makes a statement in the Rose Garden on November 7, 2011, about the American Jobs Act and new executive actions aimed at getting veterans back to work.(UPI/Pat Benic.)

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Nov. 6, 2011, then-Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman calls on rival presidential candidate Herman Cain to disclose all information about allegations of sexual harassment that have consumed the GOP race.(AP Photo/NBC News, William B. Plowman)


Muslim pilgrim pray outside Namira mosque in Arafat near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Christine Lintron poses for a photo in costume celebrating the Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) activities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Revelers can remember and honor their deceased at the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Festival.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Alice Rivlin, right, a former White House budget director and recently a member of President Obama's debt commission, answers questions from the deficit supercommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. At left is former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., who co-chaired the Obama debt commission.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, October 31, 2011. Cain <a href="">responded</a> to new allegations of sexual harassment.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In this photo provided by CBS News, Mark Block, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, smokes a cigarette outside CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

A Times Square Alliance worker clears snow in New York's Times Square Saturday Oct. 29, 2011. An unusual early-autumn nor'easter brought a mix of snow, rain and slush to parts of New York on Saturday, and authorities said Central Park was seeing its snowiest October on record. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)


Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. A grand plan to resolve Europe's escalating debt crisis was once again in doubt after officials said key parts of the package may not be ready in time for a leaders' summit on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

In this Oct. 25, 2011 photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista, holds an oversize replica of an ax after signing a pledge to cut taxes, spending and government in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

President Barack Obama speaks outside of the home of Jose and Lissette Bonilla in Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


A Libyan child waves the victory sign while wearing a wig and holding a pre-Gadhafi flag during a celebration after transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil declared the liberation of Libya in Benghazi Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.(AP Photo/David Sperry)

Republican 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney works with volunteers making calls while visiting his Romney For President New Hampshire Headquarters in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

A cyclist passes by a burning kiosk near the Finance Ministry during clashes in Athens, Greece on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011.(AP Photo)


In this Oct. 18, 2011 photo, Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry speak during a Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

On October 17, 2011, President Obama embarks on his first bus tour of the 2012 election.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

An aerial view of Rojana industrial estate stand in the floods in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Monsoon deluges affected 8 million people and swept across two-thirds of the country, drowning agricultural land and swallowing low-lying villages along the way. More than 200 major highways and roads became impassable, and the main rail lines to the north were shut down.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)


A man standing next to a burning Carabinieri vehicle shows a placard depicting Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and writing that says "Throw the shoe at Silvio" during clashes in Rome, on Saturday. Italian police fired tear gas and water cannons as protesters in Rome turned a demonstration against corporate greed into a riot Saturday, smashing shop and bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles. The protest in the Italian capital was part of Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.(ANGELO CARCONI/AP)

A camera woman films offices of Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of Blackberry, in Slough, England, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Sporadic outages of BlackBerry messaging and email service spread to the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, as problems stretched into the third day for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney responds to a question as Rep. Ron Paul, r-Texas, looks on during the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday night, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


Welsh Corgi Katie carries a sign as several hundred Occupy demonstrators rally in Salem, Ore., Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

In this photo provided by CBS News Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, Republican presidential candidates, businessman Herman Cain, right, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talk during their appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington Saturday Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain shakes hands with a family during a book signing Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cain was shown neck-and-neck with Mitt Romney in polls that week.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, center right, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, center left, greets clerics after the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry reaacts after tyaking a bite of chili during a campaign stop a the Chili Festival , Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in Manchester, N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole))

Republican presidential hopeful Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, R-MN, gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


Supercommittee member, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., leaves at the end of a closed, all-day meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Obama gestures during a LinkedIn Town Hall Meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, as he participates in “Putting America Back to Work: LinkedIn Presents a Town Hall with President Obama.”(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he is introduced by NBA basketball hall-of-famer, Bill Russell, left, during a Democratic fundraiser at the Paramount Theater, Sunday, Sept., 25, 2011, in Seattle.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to delegates before a straw poll during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Cain won the poll.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Freed American Shane Bauer, center is welcomed upon his arrival from Iran, in Muscat, Oman, Sept. 21, 2011. After more than two years in Iranian custody, two Americans convicted as spies took their first steps toward home as they bounded down from a private jet and into the arms of family for a joyful reunion in the Gulf state of Oman.  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, brief the media at the Pentagon in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Panetta said repealing the ban on openly gay service makes this an historic day for the military and the nation.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


President Barack Obama gestures while unveiling his deficit plan in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Libyan fighters chants slogans as they take control of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists' villages in the desert some 750 km south of Tripoli, at Gohta, north of the southern city of Sebbah, Libya, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

In this Sept. 17, 2011 file photo, a woman in the crowd displays a sign as demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement gather to call for the occupation of Wall Street in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)


President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer, 23, from Greensburg, Ky, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept., 15, 2011. Cpl. Meyer was in Afghanistan's Kunar province in Sept. 2009 when he repeatedly ran through enemy fire to recover the bodies of fellow American troops.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, center, talks with supporters at the  J & M Diner in Framingham, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, during her first day of campaigning for a shot at challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012 for his U. S. Senate seat.(AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, led by Co-Chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., center, meets on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, to hear from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf about the national debt. From left are, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Hensarling, Murray, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, and others, talks about his American Jobs Act during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A New York City police officer salutes at the north pool of the Sept. 11 memorial as the national anthem is sung during the 10th anniversary ceremonies at the World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in New York.(AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)

Former President George W. Bush lays a wreath at the Pentagon in Washington in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. Pictured at rear, left to right: former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his wife Joyce Rumsfeld, Deborah Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Republican presidential candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry share a laugh during a break at a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The massive Texas wildfires rage on in this Sept. 6, 2011, photo taken by astronaut Ron Garan from the International Space Station.(AP Photo/NASA)

Firefighters battle a large wildfire near Smithville, Texas. A massive firestorm in the state forced Gov. Rick Perry on Sept. 5, 2011, to return to Texas from campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.(AP Photo/Dave Mills, File)


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets President Obama in Newark, N.J., on his way to view flood damage in Paterson, N.J.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A reveler throws tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, on Aug. 31, 2011. Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, pelted each other with 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the 'Tomatina,' then in its 66th year.(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

President Obama speaks at the American Legion Annual Conference, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


The nation was focused on a different storm a year ago. Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc along the Eastern Seaboard, including in St. Huberts, N.Y., pictured above in this Aug. 29, 2011 photo.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

A downed tree crushes an old home on Dent Street in the Georgetown section of Washington, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, brought down by rain and wind from Hurricane Irene. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Pedestrians struggles with their umbrellas in front of the White House as the wind and rain from Hurricane Irene reaches Washignton, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)


Mitt Romney listens as he is introduced during a town hall meeting at the cities Recreation Center in Keene, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Police tape is seen in front of the National Cathedral in the Washington, Tuesday, Aug., 23, 2011, after a piece of one of the spires fell off after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Washington area. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ahmed Najer, 26, shop owner, flashes V-victory at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. World leaders said Monday the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi's regime and began looking at Libya's future without the man who has held power there for 42 years. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)


With the race for the Republican presidential nomination now underway, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman criticizes his opponents on August 21, 2011, on ABC’s This Week for having "zero substance."(TONI SANDYS, POOL/AP)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a "Welcome Home Rally" in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, exactly one week after announcing his intention to compete for the Republican presidential nomination.(AP/Michael Thomas)

President Barack Obama looks back as he shakes hands with an audience member after a town hall meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Country Corner Farm Market in Alpha, Ill., during his three-day economic bus tour.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., left, calls out orders with Tommy Rice at the Beacon Drive-in, Tuesday, August 16, 2011, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks with his wife Anita and eats a veggie corn dog as they visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets the crowd at the Black Hawk County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, a day after officially joining the race.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and her husband Marcus wave to the crowd after she speaks at the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Bachmann won the poll.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; businessman Herman Cain; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pose for a photo before the start of the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr with his wife Mary Kaye and Jeb Bush Jr. after Bush endorsed Huntsman as a Republican presidential candidate, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Miami.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, Major League Baseball hall of famer, former Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr., right, and Japanese Ambassador to the US Ichiro Fujisaki meet with players from the tsunami-devastated areas of Japan who are participating in a sports exchange program between the United State and Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, are interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, following the S&P downgrade of America's credit rating.(AP Photo/NBC News, William B. Plowman)


Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in crisis, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston. Perry attended the daylong prayer rally despite criticism that the event inappropriately mixes religion and politics.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

This Aug. 3, 2011 file image taken from Egyptian State Television shows former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his historic trial begins on charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate voted to pass debt legislation.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise.(AP/HOUSE TELEVISION)

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks from White House briefing room, Sunday, July 31, 2011 in Washington, about a deal being reached to raise the debt limit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., arrives for a news conference on debt ceiling legislation on Capitol Hill on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Washington. Republican-led House on Saturday rejected a Senate Democratic bill to raise the nation's debt limit. Reid, D-Nev., and House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., were heading to the White House late Saturday.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Army personnel take part in a flag casing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the military's flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care for more than a century, is closing its doors.  (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., left, is arrested in front of the White House after performing an act of civil disobedience at a rally in support of the DREAM Act in Washington, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Speaker of the House John Boehner stands amid television lights at the Capitol after responding to President Obama's remarks about averting default and dealing with the federal deficit, in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Phyllis Siegel, 77, right, and Connie Kopelov, 85, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday, July 24, 2011, in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

A small group of college students who are Facebook friends make an appeal to President Obama and Congressional leaders meeting inside the White House to reach a compromise on the debt limit, in Washington, Saturday, July 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is shown in an elevator with his security detail after returning from a meeting at the White House on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.  (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)


The scene is reflected in the car window as media mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Murdoch and his son James Murdoch were questioned by a parliamentary committee of British lawmakers Tuesday over the phone hacking scandal. During the questioning, Rupert Murdoch was attacked with a cream pie.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

On July 18, 2011, President Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Jessica Doyle, center, and other fans react Sunday, July 17, 2011, in Washington as the U.S. loses to Japan during the Women's World Cup soccer final in Germany.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Newspapers are opened to show the advertisement apology for News International's role in phone-hacking and photographed at a news vendor in central London, Saturday, July 16, 2011. News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch signed the company advert entitled "We are sorry", which is published in British national newspapers Saturday.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Washington after a day of his trial on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In this July 12, 2011 file photo, former first lady Nancy Reagan, left, is escorted by former President George W. Bush following the funeral for former first lady Betty Ford at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. (JAE C. HONG/AP)


Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, tours the Cemen Tech, Inc. plant in Indianola, Iowa, Monday, July 11, 2011. On the same day, Rep. Bachmann took a slight lead in the polls for the 2012 Iowa Caucus.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

President Barack Obama meets with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer., from left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, right, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Washington, to try and come to a deal on the debt.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A crowd of men scream in celebration during the independence ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan in Juba, South Sudan, on Saturday July 9, 2011. South Sudan officially became the 193rd country in the world on Saturday, after voting to secede from Sudan in January, 2011.(AP Photo/Andrew Burton)


New IMF Managing Christine Lagarde, left, is met by IMF Acting Managing Director John Lipsky as she arrives at the IMF headquarters for her first day on the job in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2011.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz, center, speaks as other U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, right, and Lindsay Graham, R-SC, are seen with him during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Three U.S. Senators visiting Kabul on Sunday say they worry that President Barack Obama's planned withdrawal of 33,000 American troops by September 2012 could undermine Afghan morale, embolden the insurgency, and hamper efforts to defeat Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Spain's King Juan Carlos, left kisses the hand of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, Saturday, July 2, 2011.(AP Photo/Paul White)


President Obama takes questions on gay marriage and the debt ceiling debate from the media in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011.(Richard A. Bloom)

President Barack Obama, on a trip to Iowa, holds a sleeping baby boy as he visits Ross' restaurant in Bettendorf on Tuesday, June 28, 2011.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich greets supporters as he arrives home in Chicago, Monday, June 27, 2011, after a jury convicted him of 17 of the 20 charges against him, including all 11 charges related to his attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)


U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., addresses the crowd during a welcome home event in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa Sunday, June 26, 2011. Bachmann said Sunday her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn't be viewed as "anything personal" against the Democrat.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Revelers celebrate in front of the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's west village following the passing of the same sex marriage bill by a vote of 33 to 29, Friday, June 24, 2011, in New York. Celebrations continued into early morning on June 25.  (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

On June 22, 2011, the New York Times published a story by Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas confessing that he is an undocumented immigrant. The story launched a national conversation on immigration policy.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)


On June 21, 2011 former Utah Gov. John Huntsman announced his bid for the presidency of the United States.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Rep. Anthony Weiner delivered his letter of resignation on Monday, June 20, 2011 following revelations that he sent text messages containing sexually suggestive photos of himself to young women. Weiner's office is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 20, 2011.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rebel fighters stand by as they fire a Grad rocket towards Qaddafi's government forces at the front line west of Misrata, Libya, Sunday, June 19, 2011.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


With a fierce debate over the debt ceiling looming, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner teamed up to beat Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 18 holes of golf at Andrews Air Force Base.(White House photo by Pete Souza)

Vice President Joe Biden arrives at the Capitol for a second day of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats in Congress on how to solve America's debt crisis and budget problems.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama waves to a crowd gathered inside a hangar at the Muniz Air National Guard Base, shortly after his arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Obama's visit to Puerto Rico marks the first by a sitting U.S. President since John Kennedy. Obama is backed by Puerto Rican and American flags.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


On June 13, 2011 in New Hampshire, the major Republican candidates for president held their first debate of the cycle.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

One of two of the first pictures of Gabby Giffords after she was shot point-blank in Tucson. This photo was posted to Giffords' Facebook page on Sunday, June 12, 2011.(Photo from Facebook)

Anthony Weiner announces that he will take a leave from the House to seek treatment after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on him to resign in the midst of a sex scandal.(AP Photo/David Karp)


Ryan Crocker, President Barack Obama's choice to become ambassador to Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

June 7, 2011: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, attended a state dinner at the White House.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

June 6, 2011: U.S bombarder C130 flies over the U.S. military cemetery in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Monday, June 6, 2011 for the 67th D Day Anniversary.(AP Photo/Vincent Michel)


June 5, 2011: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh left the country to seek medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, news greeted with cheers on the streets there.(AP Photo/Hani Mohammedi)

June 4, 2011: Former Secretary of state under George H.W. Bush Lawrence Eagleburger died.(AP IMAGES)

June 1, 2011: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was among the House Republicans who went to the White House on this date last year to discuss Republican difference on fiscal issues with President Obama.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


May 31, 2011: Weinergate got a bit weirder on this date last year. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., weeks before he resigned his seat, said that he wasn't sure if the photo of a man's crotch sent from his Twitter account was actually him.(Richard Drew/AP)

May 30, 2011: President Barack Obama introduced his choice for next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, third from right at the White House.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

May 29, 2011: Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, with her daughter Piper (center), took part in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle event in Washington during Memorial Day weekend.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


May 25, 2011: Just-elected Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., arrives to thank supporters at a restaurant in Depew, N.Y. Hochul won the upstate New York district after pressing opponent Jane Corwin about how Rep. Paul Ryan's budget would treat Medicare.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

May 24, 2011: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to reporters after addressing a joint session of Congress.(Chet Susslin)

May 23, 2011: President Obama had a Guinness while meeting with local residents at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


May 22, 2011: A tornado ripped through the Midwest, devastating Joplin, Mo., and other communities.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

May 21, 2011: Businessman Herman Cain, seen with his wife, Gloria, officially kicked off his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in Atlanta.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

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