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Virginia Court Orders Electoral Boards Not to Mail Absentee Ballots

The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday ordered the state’s local electoral boards not to start mailing absentee ballots for the March 6 Republican primary, a promising sign for the four GOP candidates who are suing for ballot access in the state after failing to meet requirements.

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

Elizabeth Warren Plays Fenway

The most memorable gaffe of Martha Coakley's failed 2009-2010 Senate campaign ("As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?") is not lost on Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign tweeted this photo over the weekend of the Democrat standing outside Fenway Park, shaking hands with voters:

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

Huckabee Opposite Club for Growth in Senate Primaries

Mike Huckabee endorsed Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's Senate candidacy on Monday, putting him at odds with the Club For Growth in a Senate race for the second time this cycle.

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

Huntsman Fails to Qualify for Arizona Ballot

An underdog presidential contender fails to qualify for the primary ballot in a large, early-voting primary state, prompting questions about the candidate's organizational prowess and ability to run a competitive campaign past January's early nominating contests. Sound familiar?

No, it's not Newt Gingrich in Virginia. It's Jon Huntsman in Arizona.

Huntsman's nomination forms were ruled "incomplete" because they were "missing the candidate's original notarized signature," Roberts said. "We are unable to certify him because of that."

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

Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, run neck-and-neck with President Obama in a general-election matchup, according to a new CBS News poll released late on Monday that shows the two front-runners in Tuesday's New Hampshire GOP primary running stronger against the president than their fellow Republicans.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 8:40pm

Meet the Billionaire Who Wants to Help Newt Gingrich Destroy Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich may not be able to win the Republican presidential nomination, but with the help of a wealthy casino magnate with powerful allies around globe, he's going to do everything he can to make sure Mitt Romney doesn't either. After pledging for months to avoid negative campaigning, a pro-Gingrich super PAC is now pushing an anti-Romney documentary that features interviews with working-class people who were the victims of Bain Capital layoffs. (See the trailer below.) Advertisements promoting the film will run across South Carolina in the run-up to next week's primary.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 8:40pm

Bain, Schmain -- A Business Background Doesn't Matter

With all the fuss about Mitt Romney's supposed love of firing people, it's worth remembering that a business background probably isn't much of a help in the Oval Office. Some of the best businessmen were disasters like Herbert Hoover, an incredibly successful mining executive. Jimmy Carter was a big agribusinessman. George W. Bush had his nepotistic network of oil and baseball. Ike was all public sector. So was FDR. Reagan was an odd hybrid of union leader and entrepreneur. The idea that business per se is a great lift is kind of an invention.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 8:40pm

Today's e-Reads, updated: Viewers Flock Away from TV

People are dumping TV, Forbes finds: only 48 percent watched broadcast or cable TV in 2011.

A new smartphone that run on faster networks, thin "ultrabooks" to compete with the MacBook Air, and the Cloud will all feature at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las vegas, the Washington Post predicts.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 8:40pm

Todd Palin Endorses Gingrich in GOP Race

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday picked up the endorsement of Todd Palin, the husband of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who said the former House speaker shares qualities with his famous wife.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 6:40pm

Study: Special Home-Visit Program Could Promote Prevention

A special Medicare program that stresses home health visits for patients with chronic diseases helped keep diabetes patients out of the hospital and may have lowered costs using time-honored prevention methods, researchers reported on Monday.

Their findings, reported in the journal Health Affairs, supports changes made in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and could point to ways to help keep health costs down by preventing expensive complications.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 6:40pm