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Perry Attacks Romney for ‘Pink Slip’ Comments

ANDERSON, S.C. – Joining a growing chorus of criticism of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, rival Rick Perry said on Monday that the former Massachusetts governor insulted potential voters by suggesting that he understood their pain.
 
“If you are the victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it is the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain,” the Texas governor told a crowd of about 100 people at Mama Penn’s restaurant. “He caused it.”
 

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

One Year After Shooting, Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at Tucson Vigil -- PICTURES

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

Should Kim Kardashian Support Higher Taxes on Millionaires?

If Kim Kardashian is pulling in millions each year in addition to loads of free swag, she should at least be willing to pay a higher tax rate, right?

That's what Courage Campaign - a California-based nonprofit trying to drum up support for a November ballot measure that would raise taxes on the state's millionaires - argues in a new online video. The group claims that Kardashian made $12 million in 2010 and paid a 10.3 percent tax rate, while a middle-class Californian made $47,000 and paid a 9.3 percent tax rate.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 1:40pm

One Year After Shooting, Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at Tucson Vigil -- PICTURES

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:40pm

Today's e-Reads: CES This Week, and SCOTUS Revisits Indecency

More than 140,000 people are expected to flock to this week's Consumer Electronics Show, but is the flashy tech event losing its clout? The New York Times says yes.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:40pm

Sizing Up the Obama Administration's Defense of the Health Reform Law

The Obama Administration kicked off the Supreme Court case on health care reform Friday with its brief defending the 2010 law's most controversial feature -- its requirement that individuals buy health insurance. The government offered several legal arguments in support of the provision, contending that it is a valid exercise under Congress's powers to regulate interstate commerce and to collect taxes. The legal analysis was no surprise--the government has been making similar arguments for nearly two years in the lower courts, with mixed results.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:40pm

Hotline Sort: House of Bain

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney's Bain background gets a closer look, as Gingrich is getting millions in backing for South Carolina. Meanwhile, Bob Kerrey gives the Nebraska Senate race a closer look, Hatch/Liljenquist get company in the Utah Senate race, and Carl Paladino lends Gingrich a helping hand ... or something. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:40am

The Health Impacts of Transportation

Like a drunk uncle at a family funeral, transportation projects in major cities tend to air out a community's normally hidden dirty laundry. In the abstract, it is hard to dispute the value of an efficient intercity mass transit system. But when a light rail or subway project threatens to change the landscape of long-inhabited neighborhoods, the impacts become more mixed. Gentrification, regional job opportunities, poverty, housing, and traffic all become part of the discussion.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:40am

Gingrich PAC to Target Romney as Corporate Raider

 

 

 

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Christie Vows to Fight State Supreme Court Over School Aid -- WSJ

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has vowed to keep fighting a state Supreme Court decision that prevented him from reining in funding to some of his state's poorest school districts, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

"I'm not going to back off," Christie told The Journal. "This is going to be a continuing fight between me and the Supreme Court."

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:40am