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Keep your friends close ... and your opponents closer?

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is running for the Senate against former Gov. Tommy Thompson. But that's not stopping Fitzgerald from keeping a picture of Thompson in his office.

"I still respect the guy," Fitzgerald told the paper.
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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

ABC News: Ron Paul Spent $1 Million on Charter Flights

GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, just released a tax plan that seeks to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget, but he is less frugal with his own finances.

ABC News and the Center for Responsive Politics reported that Paul spent close to $1 million on charter flights, far outspending the rest of the GOP candidates. 

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Report: Europeans Reach Debt Deal

European leaders took a “significant step” towards solving the euro zone financial crisis early Thursday morning, The New York Times reports.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Mack Attack

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Mack will run for Senate in Florida, but McCaul won't in Texas. Meanwhile, Perry's team suggests he could be scaling back his debate appearances and Cain's team establishes some rules of the road. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Today’s e-Reads: FBI Probes Olympus; Google's Buying Spree

The FBI is investigating the growing controversy at Olympus related to fees and write-downs from recent acquisitions, according to Bloomberg. The New York Times examines how  it all "harks to an older, and more freewheeling, era" of deal-making.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Freddie Mac CEO to Resign

The CEO of mortgage-finance giant Freddie Mac will resign, Bloomberg reports.

Charles Haldeman Jr., who has helmed Freddie for just over two years, told the company’s board he will depart “some time in the coming year,” according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the firm’s federal regulator.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Letterman: After Fall in Polls, Perry Executes His Pollster -- VIDEO

The Republicans presidential field was the target of late-night jokes again on Wednesday. David Letterman joked that Rick Perry executed his pollster after the Texas governor fell in the polls.

And Jay Leno took aim at Michelle Bachmann. "Bachmann told reporters that she would lead the nation in prayer if she is elected president," Leno said. "You know, if she is elected president, we're all going to be praying."

Take our late-night poll after the jump...

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Jersey Shore With a Political Bent

“Andy Warhol predicted that everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes,” said Doron Ofir, the casting director behind MTV’s Jersey Shore, which debuted in December 2009 and has since become part of America’s cultural fabric. “Reality television has made Warhol’s prophecy come true.”

On Monday, Ofir’s casting company announced a new “sociological experiment”— a reality-television show dramatizing divergent “visions of America.”

On Tuesday, Omir explained his concept in another way.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 7:40am

Sneak Preview of Fall Attractions? Romney Visits NoVa

FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling thanked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for taking “time away from his campaign’’ on Wednesday to come to this Washington, D.C., suburb, but the gratitude was certainly mutual.

Sure, Romney offered a jolt of media exposure to the local and state candidates running on the Nov. 8 ballot who joined him at the party’s Fairfax County headquarters. But as the Republican front-runner himself pointed out, northern Virginia will undoubtedly be a battleground once again in the 2012 general election. 

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 6:40am

Poll: David Price Leads Brad Miller

If Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., does decide to primary Rep. David Price, D-N.C., next year, he'll start off at a significant disadvantage, according to a poll conducted for Price's campaign.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 6:40am