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** FILE ** Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistle-blower in the tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG, holds a news conference outside the Schuylkill County Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, Pa., Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, before reporting to the federal prison. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

IRS pays $104 million to whistleblower

The IRS has awarded the largest whistleblower award in history — $104 million — to a former UBS banker who gave information that helped expose a $20 billion offshore banking scheme, the whistleblower's lawyers said Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain says he is disappointed that both presidential candidates are sidestepping world affairs and blasts President Obama for not aiding rebels in Syria and abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

McCain: Obama's foreign policy 'an abysmal failure'

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, pulled no punches in attacking President Obama's foreign policy record Tuesday, calling his Middle East policy an "abysmal failure" and saying he's gone "AWOL" on negotiations over looming cuts to the federal defense budget.

**FILE** President Obama uses a cell phone to contact supporters Sept. 9, 2012, during a surprise visit to a campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Associated Press)

Obama gets bump in national polls

Fresh off last week's Democratic National Convention, President Obama has stretched his lead over Mitt Romney among nationwide voters, according to polls released Monday.

President Obama (left) talks with former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Sept. 8, 2012, at a campaign rally in Seminole, Fla. (Associated Press)

Crist tops Florida Dem primary poll

Former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist holds a commanding lead in a poll testing potential candidates in a hypothetical matchup for the 2014 Democratic primary for the state's governor.

President Obama speaks at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Field on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's fundraising beats Romney's in Aug.

President Obama narrowly raised more funds than Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the campaign trail last month, breaking a three-month streak of greater fundraising totals by the GOP candidate.

President Obama, background, gets a hug from Charlie Crist after being introduced by the former Florida governor during a campaign rally Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Seminole, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Crist gets another hug with Obama

Bloggers are having a little fun with this morning's handshake-and-hearty-hug greeting between former Republican Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama, who kicked off a two-day bus tour in Florida on Saturday.