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White House hopeful Johnson becomes eligible for federal matching funds

Gary Johnson is the second 2012 presidential candidate qualified for federal matching funds, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced Thursday.

Johnson, the libertarian presidential nominee, filed the documents to qualify for matching federal funds on April 27. The former New Mexico governor initially ran as a GOP presidential hopeful, but switched to the third-party ticket in December and endorsed Ron Paul for the 2012 GOP Iowa caucuses.

Buddy Roemer, who initially ran as a Republican and then switched to the reform ticket, was the first candidate to qualify for funds in February 2012. Roemer dropped out of the race Thursday, citing his failure to qualify for the November ballot in any of the 50 states.

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Biden recounts unconsolable grief in remarks to families of fallen troops

Vice President Joe Biden, in a deeply emotional speech Friday to the families of fallen U.S. troops, recalled sympathizing with those who commit suicide, noting he felt the same after his daughter and first wife were killed in a car accident.

“I probably shouldn’t say this with the press here, but no, but it’s more important. You’re more important. For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide," he said.

"Not because they were deranged. Not because they were nuts. Because they had been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they would never get there again," Biden said. "That there was never going to get — never going to be that way again.

"That's how an awful lot of you feel."

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