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Oct 05, 2011

  • Bernanke Urges Congress to Do More on Economy

    With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

    Ben Bernanke urged U.S. lawmakers to do more to help the economy; however, he was careful to not send any new signals about a possible QE program, WSJ economics editor David Wessel reports on Markets Hub. Photo: Reuters.

  • Rep. Wolf Blasts Grover Norquist

    By Susan Davis, National Journal

    Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is normally greeted with open arms by House Republicans seeking the anti-tax activist’s endorsement and advice. But not by Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf on Tuesday.

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  • Beyond Rick Perry hunting camp, offensive names litter U.S. landscape

    By Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post

    The revelation that Rick Perry’s family leased a hunting camp commonly known in rural Texas by a little-known racial epithet raises these questions: How many such places exist and where are they? The short answer is all across the country, not only in people’s memories, but also listed as such on maps, mostly in rural areas, according to a scholar who studies place names.

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  • With Christie Out, Republican Race Begins for Real

    By Jeff Zeleny, New York Times

    Memorandum to Republican activists, voters and donors: Your presidential field is set. It’s time to start sizing up the candidates, learning to love at least one of them and preparing to head toward the voting booth.

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  • High court mulls Ala. death row challenge of missed deadline

    By Joan Biskupic, USA Today

    The lawyer for an Alabama death row inmate told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the convict should not be barred from appealing because he missed a deadline as a result of a mail mishap.

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  • Bernanke tells Congress to cut out the brinkmanship over budget

    By Neil Irwin and Lori Montgomery, Washington Post

    Ben S. Bernanke went to Congress on Tuesday with a message: Cut out the brinkmanship over tax and spending policy and slash budget deficits more than planned — but don’t do it so fast that it undermines economic growth.

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  • Obama Pitches Jobs Bill and Appeals to Donors

    By Jackie Calmes and Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times

    President Obama on Tuesday combined fund-raising and campaigning for his jobs bill in the home state of the Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry and the Congressional district of a House Republican leader, and he did not shy away from telling donors that they and Texas’ oil companies should pay more taxes for the nation’s good.

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  • In Egypt, Panetta urges end to emergency law

    By Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged the head of Egypt's ruling military council on Tuesday to lift a controversial emergency law that U.S. defense officials said would "cast a shadow" over next month's crucial parliamentary elections.

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  • Mitt Romney, waiting for yes

    By Gloria Borger, CNN

    So now that the Republican Party has dated just about everyone in the field, the question remains: What about the fellow your parents tried to fix you up with in the first place? Does he look any better now? Are you ready to get serious about him?

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  • In Texas, Obama presses GOP for vote on jobs plan

    By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

    Appearing on stage with a laid-off social studies teacher here this afternoon, President Obama suggested that opposing his full jobs bill is tantamount to opposing her gainful employment. House Republicans should call a vote on his bill in its entirety, Obama said, so that Americans can see where every member of Congress stands on it.

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  • "Now Is Not My Time"

    by John Dickerson, Slate

    It was the strangest case of autocorrect in history. Chris Christie kept saying, "No," but Republican dreamers in green rooms and board rooms kept hearing, "Please ask me again." On Tuesday the New Jersey governor finally put an end to the requests that he run for president. "New Jersey, whether you like it or not you're stuck with me," he said at a packed press conference from the state capital.

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Oct 04, 2011

  • New General Takes on War in Afghanistan

    With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

    General Allen picks up where predecessor Petraeus left off in ongoing war. 

  • White House Emails Show Deep Tension Over Solyndra

    By Eamon Javers, CNBC

    Tensions over the now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra were deeper within the Obama Administration than had been previously revealed, according to newly disclosed White House emails. 

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  • Benchmark for Antonin Scalia: 25 years on court

    By Joan Biskupic, USA Today

    As the Supreme Court raised the curtain on its new term Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts heralded the 25th anniversary of the justice who has become a showman of the bench, Antonin Scalia. 

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  • Obama focuses latest jobs pitch on hiring teachers

    By Christie Parsons, Los Angeles Times

    Unwilling to concede that his jobs act has no chance of passage, President Obama on Tuesday breaks out a new weapon: a laid-off single mother who wants nothing more than to go back to teaching public schoolchildren. 

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  • Primary Date of Jan. 21 Adds Urgency for Christie

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

     Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is under even more pressure to make a decision about running for president after South Carolina’s move Monday to schedule its Republican primary for Jan. 21.

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  • Republicans Looking For A Fighter Against Obama

    By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

    Largely overlooked in Chris Christie’s ballyhooed speech at the Reagan Library last week was his off-the-cuff remark that encapsulates why some Republicans are panting for him to run for president.

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  • The GOP Race to the White House

    With John Harwood, CNBC

     The details on whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will run for the Republican seat in 2012.

  • Rick Perry slips, Herman Cain rises in bid for GOP nomination, poll finds

    By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, Washington Post

     After a quick rise in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has experienced an almost equally dramatic decline, losing about half of his support over the past month, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Oct 03, 2011

  • Afghanistan: America's Longest War

    With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

    The cost of a decade at war.