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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

CNAS' John Nagl stepping down

NJ national security writer Kevin Baron reports: 

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

Private Equity Industry Hits Back After Attacks on Romney's Bain Days

With Republicans joining Democrats in attacking GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his career at the private equity firm Bain Capital, the Private Equity Growth Capital Council is pushing back, highlighting the industry's contributions to the economy and American competitiveness. 

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

Romney's Divide and Conquer Strategy

A new national Pew Research Center survey on the GOP presidential race once again reaffirms the basic dynamic that has placed Mitt Romney in a commanding position, despite attracting only a relatively tepid level of overall support.

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

Cold War, as Primaries Heat Up

Lots of action in Utah politics over the past few days, with Utah tea party leader David Kirkham all but announcing a primary challenge to GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP state Rep. Chris Herrod jumping into the race for Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat.

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

OMB -- Breeding Ground for Chiefs of Staff

William Daley's sudden departure from the White House may be a surprise. But it shouldn't surprise anybody that President Obama has gone to the Office of Management and Budget to get his new chief of staff. Jack Lew will be the third OMB director to shift over to run the White House. That is three of the last eight. 

Before Lew, OMB directors to move were Leon Panetta from 1994 to 1997 under Bill Clinton and Josh Bolten from 2006 to 2009 under George W. Bush. 

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

Americans Spend Less on Health Care; Recession to Blame

Health spending rose at historically low rates for the second year in a row as Americans struggled with unemployment and higher insurance bills, federal government researchers reported on Monday.

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