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Video of Urinating Marines Could Be a Defining Image of Afghanistan

The Pentagon opened a formal probe into a video showing Marines in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, but the move may not be enough to prevent the footage from becoming one of the defining images of the long and deeply unpopular Afghan War.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:40pm

Republicans Ask in 'Poll" on Keystone Pipeline: Do You Want Jobs Or Canada to Sell to China?

GOP congressional leaders and committees took to Twitter to capitalize on Obama’s "Insourcing American Jobs" messaging on Wednesday.

The American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and hundreds of industry organizations also sent a letter to Obama urging quick approval of the pipeline project.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Panetta Condemns Marine Video

A video that seemingly shows Marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan Taliban fighters was strongly condemned on Thursday in a statement from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who ordered a full investigation.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:40pm

Gingrich 'Focusing' on S.C. Jobs, But Ends Up Attacking Romney

Newt Gingrich found himself defending his criticism of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital once again on Thursday, after declaring that he would not be focusing on Romney's record in South Carolina. 

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Democratic Dough

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama and the DNC raise a combined $68 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Mazie Hirono doubles up her previous quarterly haul. Meanwhile, Donna Edwards catches a break in Maryland while in Texas, an important debate will take place tonight. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 10:40am

A Preview of Donohue's State of Business Address

U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue gives his annual State of American Business address at 9 a.m. today laying out the business lobby's policy and political agenda for the coming year. Excerpts of the speech provided to the Alley hit on familiar themes for the trade group: creating jobs without raising taxes or the deficit and removing government impediments to job growth, to name a few. 
Donohue will also say that the Chamber expects job growth to slow early this year and spend the remainder of 2012 working its way back to 3 percent. 

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 9:40am

Jon Stewart on Mitt Romney: Winner, But No One Likes Him -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart dissected the results of the New Hampshire primary on The Daily Show Wednesday.

"It was an historic win for Romney, as he became the first Republican non-incumbent to win both Iowa and New Hampshire while still having no one like him," Stewart quipped.

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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 9:40am

Obama Campaign, DNC Raise $68 Million in Last Quarter of 2011

President Obama's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $68 million in the last quarter of 2011, campaign manager Jim Messina said in a video e-mailed to supporters on Thursday morning.

The Obama campaign raised $42 million, while the DNC raised the remaining $24 million. Those numbers track closely to third-quarter hauls of $43 million and $27 million, respectively.

Messina struck an optimistic note on such engagement, arguing that it stands in "stark contrast" to that of the GOP.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 8:40am

Veepstakes Race Well Under Way

Senior Republicans may be unwilling to publicly call the presidential nominating campaign finished, but the consensus is that Mitt Romney will be the party's candidate against President Obama later this year. As Romney works toward the 1,144 delegates he needs to formally lock up his party's nomination, another, far less formal and far more secretive campaign is getting under way -- the campaign to become Romney's vice presidential running mate.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 8:40am

Romney Can Give Obama a Run for His Money

Mitt Romney’s commanding victory on Tuesday in the New Hampshire Republican primary was an unmistakable testament to the former governor’s political strength. But it’s what he did a day later that that likely turned heads at President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 8:40am