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Romney Takes a Poke at Kerry

NEWPORT, N.H. – He spends most of his time criticizing President Obama and Newt Gingrich, but Mitt Romney on Wednesday couldn’t resist a humorous poke at another politician — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

NEWPORT, N.H. – He spends most of his time criticizing President Obama and Newt Gingrich, but Mitt Romney on Wednesday couldn’t resist a humorous poke at another politician — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:40pm

Liberal PAC Needles Gingrich on Newtgingrich.com

Newt Gingrich has a website problem.

Web surfers who visit the domain name Newtgingrich.com are redirected to any one of several unflattering reminders of the GOP candidate’s controversies. It's not quite as bad as Rick Santorum's Google problem, but it raises the question of why Gingrich's campaign didn't think ahead on this matter.

“We're asking for $1 million, but we'd be happy to accept $500,000 in bling. Heck in the spirit of Christmas we might even let it go for $10,000,” the ad says.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:40pm

Marchand Takes University of New Hampshire Job

Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, whose name has been floated as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire, appears to be headed in a different direction. The Portsmouth Herald:

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Obama Calls Boehner and Reid to Push Yearend Extension

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday, that the president made separate calls to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., reiterating his support for the Senate-passed two month extension of the payroll tax cut.

Obama spoke to Boehner by phone around noon, marking the first confirmed conversation between president and the speaker during these yearend negotiations.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:40pm

Romney, Gingrich Address Payroll-Tax Flap

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney weighed in Wednesday on the congressional-White House payroll-tax standoff, with Romney saying he’d show more hands-on leadership than President Obama and Gingrich blasting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for refusing to work with House Republicans.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 1:40pm

Verizon Restores 4G Data Service After National Outage

Verizon Wireless said its 4G LTE service was returning to normal after network outages were reported across the country early Wednesday morning.

On Twitter, customers complained that both Verizon's 4G and 3G data services were down, but in a statement the wireless company said 3G service was unaffected.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 1:40pm

The Chamber Gets Hacked

The Wall Street Journal has good story out this morning about how a group of Chinese hackers broke into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's computer systems and may have spent more than a year behind the firewall before being discovered. Perhaps most surprising, Chamber officials still can't keep hackers out. The best they can do is "detect and isolate attacks quickly."

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 1:40pm

New Space-Station Crew Launches From Kazakhstan -- VIDEO

NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands launched to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M craft at 8:16 a.m. EST on Wednesday from Kazakhstan. Watch the launch:

The trio completes Expedition 30, joining station Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin when they dock on Friday. Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin have been at the station since November. Watch their launch from Kazakhstan:

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today’s e-Reads: Sprint To T-Mobile’s Rescue? Yahoo Still Friending Facebook

Is Sprint the next buyer for T-Mobile USA? So far, Deutsche Telekom, does not have appear to have a Plan B for what to do with its subsidiary T-Mobile, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

Tightly Balanced in a Tipping Point State

The new Quinnipiac University survey out this morning in Virginia spotlights the delicate tightrope President Obama must walk to retain many of the fast-growing, new battleground states that he captured in 2008 - and why Mitt Romney may be better positioned than Newt Gingrich to snatch those prizes from the president.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:40pm