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QUICK TAKE: Obama Invited For State Of The Union Speech Jan. 24

President Obama has been invited to give his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Jan. 24, according to Speaker John Boehner’s office on Wednesday.

The Ohio Republican sent the following letter on Wednesday to the president.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Quick Take: ICANN Defiant Despite Calls To Delay Domain Name Program

A top official with the group that manages the Internet’s address system insisted on Wednesday that its January roll-out of a program to allow unlimited introduction of new Web domain names should move forward despite growing calls to delay it.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Embattled Nuclear Agency Chairman Verbally Abused Female Employees, Colleague Says

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko deflected criticism that he has verbally abused senior-level female employees at his agency. Jaczko was asked to respond to allegations leveled earlier at a congressional hearing on Wednesday by NRC Commissioner William Magwood.

“I am very passionate about safety,” Jaczko replied to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings, R-Md., in response to a question about prepared testimony in which Magwood said Jaczko verbally abused several senior-level female employees.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

FCC Chief of Staff Moving On

Edward Lazarus, the chief of staff to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, will create a job opening next month when he leaves his position on Jan. 31, prompting a talent search for his successor inside and outside the agency.

If you feel like you’ve heard that already, it may be because Lazarus’s departure has been the topic of speculation and rumors for months, but the chatter was short on substance until now, according to Lazarus. He told reporters on Monday that that he has not chosen his next gig yet.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Perdue Will Appear With Obama at Ft. Bragg

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue announced on Tuesday that she will appear with President Obama when he travels to Ft. Bragg later this morning, ending the uncertainty over whether she would be on hand for the visit to her home state.

"I look forward to joining president Obama tomorrow to honor our troops and thank them for their service to our country and our state," Perdue said in a statement, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Has Rick Perry Read 'Runnin' for President for Dummies?' -- VIDEO

During a recent interview with the Des Moines Register, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry stumbled over Supreme Court facts and called energy company Solyndra a country. If only he had checked out some books from the newspaper's library before the interview. Watch to see which books Jay Leno "noticed" were in the DMR's library behind the governor of Texas.

Don't miss today's Must See Moment at 1:23 when David Letterman presents a a highlight of President Obama's 60 Minutes interview:

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

Hotline Sort: The New Adventures of Christine O'Donnell

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Christine O'Donnell backs Romney -- and he has some nice words for her as well. A new Pennsylvania congressional map shores up vulnerable Republicans, Texas Republicans and Democrats strike a deal over extending the filing deadline and Romney has some choice words for Gingrich in a new interview. Here's today's rundown:

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

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