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Three Reasons Johnson Could Affect General Election

Gary Johnson's decision to drop out of the Republican presidential race to run as a libertarian instead, first reported by Politico, doesn't change the primary's complexion -- the ex-New Mexico governor was a non-factor in the polls and participated in only to only two debates. But under the right circumstances, his appearance on the general election ballot could affect that race, and possibly boost President Obama's chances by siphoning fiscal conservatives from the Republican nominee.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:40pm

Wireless Firms Defend Use Of Carrier IQ

Two more wireless companies are defending their use of diagnostic software provided by Carrier IQ, saying they do not use it to collect personal information about mobile users.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., released responses on Wednesday from Motorola and T-Mobile to his letter expressing concerns about whether Carrier IQ software is used to collect personal information about smart phone users. Motorola noted that it installs the controversial software on certain smart phones at the request of wireless carriers and doesn't receive any data from Carrier IQ.

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:40pm

EPA Unveils Long-Awaited Mercury Rule

Appearing at Washington's Children’s Hospital with public health leaders at her side, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday unveiled the nation’s first-ever national standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

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

Candidates' Spouses Star in New Ads

Both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry announced new television spots today starring their better halves.

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

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

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