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New Pa. Map Shores Up Vulnerable Republicans

Republicans have said the name of their redistricting game in 2012 was to shore up vulnerable incumbents as much as endangering Democrats. And in Pennsylvania, Republicans drew a map that protects all of their vulnerable members.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:40am

Long Romney-Gingrich Slog Could Be Nasty—But Also Good for GOP

The intra-party war going on among Republican presidential candidates is a blatant violation of Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment, that “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” But the benefits of a long, drawn-out slog to the nomination may outweigh the damage, as Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton demonstrated in 2008.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 7:40am

In Fort Bragg, Military Families Brace for Economic 'Perfect Storm'

Ten years of war has made Fort Bragg, N.C., and the neighboring city of Fayetteville a magnet for federal support and sympathy. But as the war in Iraq comes to an end this month, base and city officials hope President Obama will use his visit on Wednesday to allay their fears about a possible dwindling of population numbers and the Pentagon lifeline that has kept the area afloat—both economically and emotionally.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 7:40am

The Gingrich Gamble

In reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it’s difficult to reconcile the visionary icon Jobs became with the petulant executive who was ousted from his company. Jobs created a successful Fortune 500 company from scratch, but his erratic management style turned his own allies against him in a coup.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 7:40am

Why Newt Could Win

In reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it’s difficult to reconcile the visionary icon Jobs became with the petulant executive who was ousted from his company. Jobs created a successful Fortune 500 company from scratch, but his erratic management style turned his own allies against him in a coup.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 11:40pm

Poll: Independents Are Angry, Despairing

Americans are as disgusted with their government—and with Congress, in particular—as they have ever been, and the overwhelming disillusionment of independents portends great electoral uncertainty next November, according to an analysis of the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:40pm

Perry Kicks Off Bus Tour in Last-Ditch Effort to Win Iowa

Rick Perry has a reputation as a campaigner in Texas: He’s dangerous, but even more dangerous when he's down. The next three weeks in Iowa will present him with the ultimate underdog challenge as he undertakes a last-ditch, massive effort to save his presidential bid.
 
Wednesday marks the beginning of a 14-day, 42-city bus tour that will see the Texas governor traverse the Hawkeye State, logging more than 1,000 miles as he strives to regain his standing among the top tier of candidates for the GOP nomination.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:40pm

House-Passed Bill Includes Extension of Federal-Pay Freeze

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that extends the federal pay freeze and requires government employees to contribute more to their pensions.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:40pm

Despite Uncertain Future, House Passes Spectrum Legislation

After months of debate and hearings, the House passed spectrum legislation Tuesday as part of a larger package that includes a payroll tax holiday.

The package, passed on a 234-193 vote, faces an uncertain future. Senate Democratic leaders have said the package will likely fail in that chamber and President Obama has vowed to veto the payroll tax package if it remains in its current form.

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:40pm

Romney Calls Gingrich 'Unreliable' Conservative—Report

Newt Gingrich is an "extraordinarily unreliable" conservative whose positions have shifted widely, Mitt Romney said on Tuesday in an interview with The Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:40pm