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Oct 12, 2011

  • Obama Pushes Jobs Plan as Senate Prepares to Vote

    By Helene Cooper, New York Times

    President Obama continued the drumbeat for his jobs plan on Tuesday, even as White House officials acknowledged that the bill’s prospects in the Senate were tenuous and Mr. Obama himself vowed not to wait for Congress to advance ideas to get American back to work.

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  • Cantor Tells Protesters Wall Street Isn’t the Enemy

    By Susan Davis, National Journal

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., tempered the language he used last week regarding protesters tied to the loosely organized, liberal-leaning Occupy Wall Street movement, but maintained that the protesters—and their supportive elected officials—are misguided.

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  • Mitt Romney prospers in Republican debate

    By Dan Balz, Washington Post

    All eyes were on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain in Tuesday’s Republican debate, and both failed to ¬¬seize the moment.

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  • Man said jail strip-search humiliated him

    By Joan Biskupic, USA Today

    Albert Florence was riding in a car with his wife and son on a New Jersey highway in 2005 when he was picked up on a warrant for an outstanding fine, taken to jail and, as part of routine processing, ordered to strip naked.

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  • Republican Debate: 10 Economic Questions for the Candidates

    By David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

    Tonight’s Republican debate comes amid persistent gloom about the prospects for the U.S. — and the global — economy. Here are 10 questions we’d like to hear the candidates answer.

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  • Republican debate: Five mulligan moments

    By Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post

    The Bloomberg/Washington Post debate was a departure from the football-game like atmosphere of prior debates. There were no prize-fighter like introductions of the contenders and no awkward crowd reactions.

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  • Iran Containment Cast in Doubt

    By James Kitfield, National Journal

    The de facto U.S. strategy of containing an Iran on the cusp of acquiring nuclear weapons may have just gotten a lot more dangerous. That strategy of isolating Tehran internationally, and building an anti-Iran alliance along its periphery protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, relied on the “rationale actor” theory of international relations. Under such circumstances, the strategy assumed that even an Iran with nuclear weapons could not unduly intimidate its neighbors. Crossing a clear U.S. redline by passing those weapons to allied terrorist groups such as Hezbollah would invite annihilation.

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  • Occupy Main Street?

    By Major Garrett, National Journal

    Some in Washington want to know what the Occupy Wall Street movement “wants.” I don’t pretend to know and—refreshingly—neither do those in the streets, not specifically. They know what they are against—economic inequality—but have yet to begin to define what they are for, why they are for it, and how they might try to achieve it.

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  • Romney Looks Past Rivals as Debate Focuses on Economy

    By Jeff Zeleny and Ashley Parker, New York Times

    Mitt Romney offered a robust defense of the health care plan he signed as governor of Massachusetts and sought to look beyond his Republican presidential rivals at a debate here Tuesday night by presenting himself as the leader who is best prepared to take on President Obama.

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  • Debate Shows Frontrunner Romney Lacks Party Majority

    By Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg

    Mitt Romney left the stage of last night’s Republican presidential debate on the economy as he entered: a cautious front-runner, not prone to mistakes, who has yet to win the backing of at least 70 percent of his party.

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  • Running the Table: Mitt Romney shows why he’s still the man to beat in the Republican field

    by John Dickerson, Slate

    When you hold a debate at a boardroom table, the business guys are going to do well. Mitt Romney and Herman Cain were the winners at the Bloomberg/Washington Post debate Tuesday night at Dartmouth College. The eight candidates sat “in the round,” discussing only the economy, which gave Romney a chance to repeat with force the things he says every day on the campaign trail. He spoke confidently about his business career and experience. Cain was amiable, as always, and took every opportunity to mention his “9-9-9 plan.” After this debate, it’s fair to say this plan would be his answer to questions about trout fishing.

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Oct 11, 2011

  • Christie Endorses Romney Ahead of Debate

    By Jeff Zeleny and Michael D. Shear, New York Times

    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey endorsed Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday afternoon by praising his business and government experience, declaring, “Mitt Romney is the man we need to lead America.”

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  • Two Americans Win Nobel Economics Prize

    With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

    Profiles Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims, winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Economics.

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  • GOP debate: Five things to watch

    By Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post

    For 90 minutes in New Hampshire tonight, eight Republican presidential hopefuls will sit around a wooden table and take shots at each other and President Obama. The theme of The Washington Post/Bloomberg debate, which starts at 8 p.m, is the economy. As Karen Tumulty, who will be one of the journalists asking questions, wrote, previous debates definitively shifted the momentum of the race. And tonight’s debate will likely set off yet another a new phase.

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  • After Rocky Start, More Study, and Sleep, for Perry

    By Jeff Zeleny, New York Times

    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas struggled through his first three debates, so his aides have staged practice sessions, complete with a stand-in for Mitt Romney. He has stirred outrage among conservatives on immigration, so he is defending his stance on the campaign trail as good economics.

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  • Subdued Perry tries to steady wayward campaign in Iowa

    By Charles Babington, Associated Press

    Rick Perry has lost some of his Texas swagger. Maybe that’s what happens when a governor tops Republican presidential polls the minute he joins the race, only to plummet after a shaky debate performance.

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Oct 07, 2011

  • 'End is in sight' for Libya mission, NATO says

    By Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

    NATO defense ministers said Thursday that the alliance would end its six-month mission in Libya once deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi can no longer mount attacks against civilians — a point that they suggested was imminent even though Gadhafi has evaded capture.

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  • With an Eye on Both Obama and Perry, Romney Wades into Foreign Policy Debate

    By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal

    When Mitt Romney delivers what his campaign is billing as a major foreign policy address Friday, he will face a pair of difficult challenges: differentiating himself enough from the Obama administration’s handling of national security to avoid antagonizing Republican primary voters, while simultaneously avoiding the kinds of extreme positions which could harm him in a general election.

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  • Perry 2.0?

    By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

    After a series of stumbles, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to reboot his presidential campaign with a $17 million fundraising haul, an appearance before a like-minded audience of Christian conservatives, and a steadier performance in next week’s Republican primary debate.

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  • Obama to Run Against ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress If Jobs Legislation Fails

    By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg

    Phil Schiliro, then the White House congressional liaison, put his boss on notice last year. One hurdle stood between him and the start of his re-election campaign: lifting the debt ceiling.

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