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Romney and Gingrich Tied in New CBS News Poll

 Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are tied in the race for the Republican nomination for president,with Ron Paul the third choice among GOP primary voters, according to a new poll by CBS News.

 The former Massachusetts governor and the former House speaker each got 20 percent support, with Paul receiving 10 percent. In the network’s poll last month, businessman Herman Cain was the top choice of Republican primary voters.

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Report: Gary Johnson to Seek Libertarian Nomination

Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, will drop out of the race for president as a Republican and will instead seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party, Politico.com reports.

Johnson will make the announcement on Dec. 28. He ran a campaign, focused on New Hampshire, that failed to register in the polls, and he participated in only one debate among major GOP candidates.

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Funding Cuts Threaten Public Health Disaster Preparedness, Study Finds

Public health funding cuts are undermining programs that protect Americans from infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorist attacks, and natural disasters, according to a Trust for America’s Health report released on Tuesday.

“We’ve documented how preparedness has been on an upward trajectory” over the past 10 years, said Trust for America’s Health director Jeff Levi. “But the economic crisis has changed the story. Now we’re seeing a decade’s worth of preparedness eroding in front of our eyes.”

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

As White House, Boehner Feud, Obama Gains

The simmering feud between congressional Republicans and the White House erupted into open conflict Tuesday, when President Obama publicly lambasted House GOP conservatives for stalling an economic package that includes an extension of the payroll tax cut. A short time later, Republican House Speaker John Boehner returned fire, dashing hope that either side was set to relent.

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

DOJ Checks Out Verizon Cable Deal

The US Justice Department is investigating Verizon's deal to buy $3.6 billion worth of airwaves from cable companies including Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks, the Washington Post reports.

But the Post says analysts have downplayed the significance of the investigation, saying the reviews by Justice and the FCC are both expected and perfunctory.

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Today's e-Reads, Updated:Amazon Window-Shopped Blackberry

Amazon looked into buying BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, according to Reuters.

American officials are concerned about Somali militants' Twitter use, the New York Times reports.

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Congress's Payroll Standoff -- Who Blinks First?

Less than two weeks remain – with a holiday in between – for Congress to keep alive a payroll-tax cut, unemployment insurance, and a “doc fix” patch. Here is how it could play out:

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

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Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Union Official Miller Joins Obama Re-Elect

David Miller of the Laborers' International Union of North America is leaving his post in the union's communication's shop on Friday to join the Obama re-election campaign in Chicago, according to an email he sent to the Alley
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Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Payroll Tax Fight Will Echo In 2012

The House on Tuesday voted to block a Senate-backed compromise on a payroll tax cut extension, a move that's keeping Congress from finishing up its work before the holidays. But beyond the convenience of getting out of town, the debate over an extension is likely to play a role in several key races that could determine control of the upper chamber.

And the way Republican candidates are acting reveals a great deal about the strategic posturing over the issue. A closer look at the races where the debate is leaving a mark:

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 6:40pm