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Obama Calls European Debt Deal 'Progress'

During a bilateral meeting with Prime Minster Petr Necas of the Czech Republic, President Obama was asked if he believed that the European debt agreement reached late Wednesday would be enough to prevent another recession.

During a bilateral meeting with Prime Minster Petr Necas of the Czech Republic, President Obama was asked if he believed that the European debt agreement reached late Wednesday would be enough to prevent another recession.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Revamped Federal Jobs Site Hits Snags

Despite a major overhaul, the federal government's jobs board, USAJobs.gov, has been ridden with problems, according to The Washington Post.

Reuters examines why few women seek jobs in cyber security and other tech fields.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Boehner Team Rips Senate Dems’ Deficit Plan

House Speaker John Boehner’s economic staff on Thursday branded the Senate Democratic bid to reduce the national deficit by $3 billion over 10 years “not a serious proposal.” The Ohio Republican's staff also said the Democrats' plan is marred by unrealistic defense cuts and politically and economically toxic tax increases.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Winners of Campaign Contest to Have 'Dinner with Barack' Tonight

Those of you who receive e-mails from President Obama’s reelection campaign may remember a series of them from late June telling supporters that if they donated, they would be entered into a contest to have dinner with the president.

Now, four people have been picked and have been flown to Washington for dinner tonight with the president at an as-of-now undisclosed local restaurant.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Some Democrats Wary of Welcoming OWS to the Fold

Pinched by a still-sour economy and a deeply pessimistic public, President Obama and his Democratic allies are evincing a sharper, far more populist message as a defense against next year’s Republican charge. Highlighted by a $450 billion jobs proposal in Congress, paid for by taxing the wealthy, they have found a message tailor-made for their traditional base.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Report: Outside Spending Impacting Judicial Elections More

In an era of PACs and super-PACs, non-candidate spending is starting to play a larger role in judicial elections, a new report shows.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Executive Settling: Six Legislative Wishes the Obama Administration Replaced With Executive Orders

President Obama’s mantra on boosting the economy changed from “Pass this bill” to “We can’t wait” this week, as he introduced three executive orders that he won’t need Congress's approval to enact. It wasn’t the first time his administration has used executive authority to impart change -- and, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney, it won’t be the last. But executive authority can only regulate federal agencies, not the private sector. We review six items on Obama’s wish list, and the effects of the executive orders he’s had to settle for.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

House Republicans: Net Neutrality Rules Aren't Common Sense

The White House has pulled back on environmental regulations and the Department of Health and Human Services' says it can't move forward on the CLASS long-term care program. Now some House Republicans want President Obama to add net neutrality rules to that list.

The controversial net neutrality regulations, which govern anticompetitive behavior online, have yet to go into effect but are being challenged in court and the House has voted to overturn them.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Tech Groups Offer Wish List to Super Committee

Spectrum, tax reform, and more money for research and development are just some of the items in a wish list that six tech groups and several companies want to see included in the deficit-reduction package from the congressional super committee. 

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

With Stimulus Funds Gone, States Brace for Increased Medicaid Spending

Nearly every state moved to cut Medicaid costs this fiscal year because of budget pressures and the loss of federal stimulus funds, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm