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Did Perry Have Another 'Oops' Moment?

BLUFFTON, S.C.--Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s enthusiasm for cutting the federal government expanded to include the Interior Department in a radio interview Friday, although he seemed to forget to include Education, a favorite for the chopping block, when asked which federal departments he would cut.

Perry was doing an interview with WTKS 1290, a talk-radio station in Savannah, Ga. When the host asked him which government departments he would cut, he said “Three right off the bat; you know, Commerce, Interior, and Energy are three that you think of.”

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 1:40pm

Insiders: GOP Nominating Contest Will Be Wrapped Up After Florida

Look for the roller-coaster ride of the Republican presidential nominating contest to pull into the station by the end of the month. And much like a roller coaster, it's likely to end right where it started -- with Mitt Romney at the top. That's the view of roughly three-quarters of the strategists and experts surveyed in this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:40am

Perry Has Another 'Oops' Moment

BLUFFTON, S.C.--Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s enthusiasm for cutting the federal government expanded to include the Interior Department in a radio interview Friday, although he seemed to forget to include Education, a favorite for the chopping block, when asked which federal departments he would cut.
 
Perry was doing an interview with WTKS 1290, a talk-radio station in Savannah, Ga. When the host asked him which government departments he would cut, he said “Three right off the bat; you know, Commerce, Interior, and Energy are three that you think of.” 
 

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: U.S. to Iran: Closing Strait is Crossing the Line

The Obama administration is using a back channel to warn Iran's supreme leader that closing the Strait of Hormuz would be crossing a “red line” and that the U.S. would respond accordingly, according to U.S. officials cited by The New York Times.  

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:40am

Romney Releases Ad Defending Bain Capital's Record

Striking back at criticism of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, his GOP presidential campaign on Friday introduced a new ad featuring several deals that helped businesses grow and create “thousands of jobs.”

The 30-second spot, which is airing in South Carolina, cites office-supply chain Staples and sporting-goods retailer The Sports Authority–-along with a Steel Dynamics steel mill--as examples of businesses that prospered thanks to Bain’s investments.

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:40am

Kantor, O'Brien Spar on CNN Over Depiction of Obama Marriage -- VIDEO

In a testy exchange on CNN on Friday morning, New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor came under fire once again over how she depicts the tensions between Michelle Obama and White House staff in her new book, "The Obamas."

In a testy exchange on CNN on Friday morning, New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor came under fire once again over how she depicts the tensions between Michelle Obama and White House staff in her new book, "The Obamas."

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:40am

Gingrich Pays Tribute to Former Press Secretary

GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich eulogized Tony Blankley, a journalist and former Gingrich press secretary, in a Washington Times op-ed on Friday. Blankley served as a Washington Times editorial page editor from 2002 to 2007. He died on Jan. 7 at age 63.

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:40am

Romney Releases Ad Defending Bain Capital Record

Striking back at criticism of his tenure at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s campaign on Friday unveiled a new ad featuring several deals that helped businesses grow and create “thousands of jobs.”

The 30-second spot, which is airing in South Carolina, cites office-supply chain Staples and sporting goods retailer The Sports Authority –- along with a Steel Dynamics steel mill -- as examples of businesses that prospered thanks to Bain’s investments.

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 9:40am

Soledad O’Brien, Kantor Spar Over Account of FLOTUS As 'Angry Black Woman' -- VIDEO

New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor on Friday continued to receive criticism for her new book about the president and the first lady, "The Obamas," which has generated criticism over its depiction of tensions between Michelle Obama and the White House staff.

New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor on Friday continued to receive criticism for her new book about the president and the first lady, "The Obamas," which has generated criticism over its depiction of tensions between Michelle Obama and the White House staff.

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Follow The Money

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Dewhurst's opponents pile it on during the first Texas Senate debate, Romney takes to the airwaves to defend himself over Bain criticism in South Carolina, Berkley and Heller are running even in the money chase and Parker Griffith is ready for a rematch. Here's today's rundown:

7) Should it be easier to get married on a whim in New Jersey? Your call, Gov. Chris Christie.

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 9:40am