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Lawmakers That Back Joint Strike Fighter Get More Cash from Contractors

Companies involved in the Joint Strike Fighter program contributed almost double to lawmakers in the recently-formed Joint Strike Fighter Caucus as they did to other members so far this election cycle, according to a joint report from the Project on Government Oversight and the Center for Responsive Politics

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Dempsey Reflects on Iraq as U.S. Rushes to Exit

CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait -- It’s really happening. The last U.S. military convoy of nearly 700 troops is expected to drive out of Iraq into Kuwait on Sunday. There are just 14 convoys of gear left to haul out and more than 95 percent of all expected truckloads have already reached Kuwait’s Camp Arifjan since President Obama decided in October to end the war.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Perry Kicks Off Bus Tour Seeking 'Second Look' From Iowans

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Asking Iowa voters for a “second look,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off a bus tour of the state here on Wednesday with two distinct messages: I’m an anti-Washington, anti-Wall Street outsider, and I share your values.
 
Perry will campaign across the state from now until the Iowa caucuses, seeking to rebuild his mostly single-digit standing in polls. Each day, he will make between two and five stops to talk to the people of the state -- one of Perry’s strongest skills as a campaigner.
 

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

QUICK TAKE - OMB Says Government Preparing for Shutdown

U.S. government agencies on Wednesday began notifying employees to prepare for a possible government shutdown if Congress does not pass a spending bill or continuing resolution on time.

"We do need to be prepared for any contingency, and in case Congress does not act, we are taking the steps necessary to be prepared if a lapse in funding should occur," said Kenneth Baer, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget. "That is why agencies are sending an email to employees this afternoon to alert them to this possibility and how it would affect them." 

 

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

BP Awarded $27 Million in Leases for Gulf Oil, Gas Exploration

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CAMPAIGN 2012Poll: Gingrich Leads GOP, Struggles in General

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:40pm

House GOP Says Year-End Bill Breaks No Promises to White House

House Republicans contest the White House’s accusation that the year-end extension bill passed last night “breaks the bipartisan agreement on spending cuts” nder the Budget Control Act.

“We’d only be ‘breaking’ the agreement if we proposed to spend more,” said an aide to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:40pm

Study Finds Rape Common in U.S.

The first study in a decade to look at rape, violence, and stalking in the United States presents a disturbing picture: 18 percent of U.S. women have been raped, nearly 80 percent of them before age 25.

The vast majority of rape victims, male and female, say they knew their attackers, the study by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:40pm

Year-End Deal Still Elusive as House Considers Weekend Adjournment

As President Obama and congressional leaders continue fighting over how to extend the payroll-tax holiday amid the prospect of a partial government shutdown at midnight on Friday, senior Republican aides conceded on Wednesday that Congress will have to pass another short-term spending measure.

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:40pm

Inside the Battle over Signatures in The Walker Recall Effort

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has ruled that suspicious signatures in the movement to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker won't be struck down without a challenge so long as they are correctly dated and include an in-state address. The AP:

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:40pm

The Theory Behind Obama's Demographic Strategy

To win the election - which, at this point, still means to defeatformer Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, President Obama's brain trust and his  200-odd headquarters staffuniverse of like-minded voters who share a similar profile in 2012.

One Obama campaign adviser who followed Obama to the White
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:40pm