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Thaddeus McCotter
Thaddeus McCotter

The Thaddeus McCotter 2012 presidential campaign began when McCotter filed papers on July 1, 2011, to run for the Republican Party's 2012 nomination for President of the United States. He officially announced his candidacy the next day at a rock festival near Detroit. McCotter, a congressman from Michigan since 2003, was first mentioned as a potential candidate on an April 2011 episode of the Fox News show Red Eye. During his campaign, he focused on reform of government and Wall Street. Commentators noted that McCotter's lack of name recognition hindered his chances; he regularly received less than one percent support in Republican presidential preference polls. Following a last-place finish in the Ames Straw Poll and the lack of any invitation to presidential debates, he dropped his candidacy on September 22, 2011, and endorsed Mitt Romney. He resigned from Congress in July 2012 amid a fraud investigation surrounding his congressional re-election campaign. (Full article...)

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Mullus barbatus

Mullus barbatus, commonly known as the red mullet, is a species of goatfish found in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the northeastern and central eastern Atlantic Ocean, where its range extends from Scandinavia southwards to Senegal, including Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira. It is a demersal fish and occurs at depths ranging from 10 to 328 m (30 to 1,000 ft) over muddy, sandy or gravel bottoms. It can grow to a standard length of 30 cm (12 in), but it is more commonly around 15 cm (6 in) long. Its snout is short and steep and there are no spines on the operculum. The upper jaw is toothless, but there are teeth on the roof of the mouth and on the lower jaw. A pair of moderately long barbels on the chin do not exceed the pectoral fins in length. This fish is rose-pink, without distinctive markings on its fins. This M. barbatus individual was photographed in the Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal.

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