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Tennis Channel Ruling Could Open Door for Future Challenges to Comcast

The Tennis Channel won a significant victory against Comcast on Wednesday, becoming the first network to win a ruling against the cable provider over its position in the lineup relative to other channels that provide similar content. The ruling could have a significant impact on future conflicts between Comcast and other independent networks.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 10:40am

VIDEO: HBO Releases Trailer for 'Game Change,' Based on 2008 Campaign

HBO's new film "Game Change," which revolves around the 2008 presidential election with a special emphasis on John McCain's campaign, has released a new trailer. The movie features Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain, with Woody Harrelson as adviser Steve Schmidt. 

HBO's new film "Game Change," which revolves around the 2008 presidential election with a special emphasis on John McCain's campaign, has released a new trailer. The movie features Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain, with Woody Harrelson as adviser Steve Schmidt. 

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: U.S. Acknowledges 'Mistakes' in Attack That Killed 24 Pakistani Troops

The U.S. made "mistakes" that led to an unintentional attack on Pakistani military forces in late November, killing two dozen Pakistani troops, the Department of Defense said on Thursday.

Poor coordination between the U.S. and Pakistani militaries and "other gaps in information" contributed to NATO's errant attack on a Pakistani military outpost.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 8:40am

Ron Paul Storms Off CNN Set After Questioning Over Racist Newsletter

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 8:40am

How 2012 Is Changing Presidential Campaigns

Next year will go down in history books as the year that Iowa and New Hampshire lost their supremacy in the presidential nominating contests. 

Well, not officially. But Republican strategists believe this topsy-turvy primary season may have revealed a new demand for national candidates, and in the process dealt a serious blow to the best claim both states have to their front-of-the pack position. 

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 8:40am

With Gingrich Threatening, Romney Investing Early in Florida

Eight days after a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney unleashed a $3.1 million media blitz in Iowa, the group launched attack ads in Florida costing one-tenth that amount. But the ads are arguably just as significant in beating back rival candidate Newt Gingrich’s surge.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 8:40am

The Hotline's Senate Race Rankings: Christmas Edition

It's the political equivalent of The Night Before Christmas: The Senate field is largely set, with top recruits snug in their seats, and all through the DSCC and the NRSC, the only sounds that matter are the fundraisers dialing for dollars and the researchers paging through their binders.

Well, almost everything is set. To borrow a phrase from Donald Rumsfeld, there remains but one known unknown in the battle for control of the upper chamber -- whether Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., seeks a third term.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 8:40am

Poll: Majority of Voters Disapprove of D.C. Mayor Gray

A majority of voters in the District of Columbia disapprove of the job that Mayor Vincent Gray is doing, and more voters prefer Gray's two most recent predecessors, according to a new poll released early Thursday.

According to the poll, conducted by Clarus Research Group, 53 percent of District voters disapprove of the job that Gray is doing as mayor, while only 34 percent of voters approve of his job performance. Among registered Democrats -- who dominate the District elections -- his approval rating stands at 39 percent.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:40am

Obama to Speak Thursday on Payroll Tax-Cut

President Obama will discuss what the payroll tax cut extension means to ordinary Americans in a public appearance tomorrow, according to a senior administration official.

Obama is riding a wave of public support in favor of extending the cut and has positioned Democrats as working to prevent a tax hike, while he accuses House Republicans of playing politics.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 11:40pm

Perry Backs Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

MT. PLEASANT, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Wednesday he wouldn’t be opposed to welfare recipients also being drug-tested, joining fellow candidate Newt Gingrich in suggesting that federal aid should be tied to substance use.

“I don't have a problem with--before you get any dollars from the federal government--that you're drug-tested,” Perry said in response to a man who suggested the idea at a meet-and-greet in Mt. Pleasant that drew more than 80 people.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 11:40pm