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Axelrod, Cantor Talk Jobs; Feinstein, Gingrich, McCain Get Tough on Iran

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Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that President Obama should have consulted with Congress before deploying 100 U.S. military personnel to Central Africa to kill or capture Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

McCain, who has served under four presidents, added that he feared the deployment to Africa could become “a commitment that we can’t get out of.”

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

McCain: Obama Should Have Asked Congress Before Deployment to Central Africa

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Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that President Obama should have consulted with Congress before deploying 100 U.S. military personnel to Central Africa to kill or capture Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

McCain, who has served under four presidents, added that he feared the deployment to Africa could become “a commitment that we can’t get out of.”

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Axelrod: White House Splitting Up Jobs Bill

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Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said on Sunday that after the defeat in the Senate last week of President Obama’s jobs bill, White House staff are now taking it apart and working on how to bring back pieces of it to Congress.

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Gingrich: Obama Lacks ‘Grand Strategy’ for Dictatorships

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Presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized the Obama administration for lacking a “grand strategy” for dealing with dictatorships that potentially threaten the United States.

Rather than having a clear long-term plan for potential terror threats, he said, “we sort of respond to the press coverage of the minute,” adding that President Obama should focus first on controlling the U.S. border with Mexico before deploying troops overseas.

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 9:40am

Bachmann Challenges Perry On Immigration

PERRY, Iowa—In a campaign event billed as the “Bachmann Takes it to Perry Rally,” the Minnesota congresswoman did just that – focusing sharp criticism on Texas Governor Rick Perry for his position on illegal immigration and what Rep. Michele Bachmann called “a pattern of issuing executive orders.

Bachmann, who has fallen in the polls when Perry entered the race, acknowledged that today’s event was orchestrated to highlight the differences between she and the Texas governor, particularly on the issue of illegal immigration.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Bachmann Raises Nearly $4 Million

Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign raised $3,907,748.06 during the third fundraising quarter, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Bachmann's campaign spent $5,947,630.95 during the quarter, which lasted from July 1 to Sept. 30. As of Sept. 30, the Minnesota congresswoman's campaign had $1,339,184.10.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 5:40pm

Trump Dialing Into Bachmann Tele-Town Hall

PERRY, Iowa -- Donald Trump’s headquarters in New York City has been a regular campaign stop for leading Republican presidential hopefuls, with Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann all paying a visit.

But Bachmann was able to get Trump to return the favor, with the business mogul agreeing to be a featured guest during her campaign’s national tele-town hall on Oct. 17.  It’s the first town hall – by telephone or in person – that Trump has participated for any presidential candidate.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 4:40pm

What We Learned: Saving The Worst For Last

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 4:40pm

Gingrich Campaign $1.2 Million in Debt

The presidential campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in poor financial shape, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Gingrich's campaign has $1,192,865.82 of debt and just $353,416.71 cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 4:40pm

Ohio Republicans Face Setback With Congressional Map

Ohio Republicans, with approval from House Speaker John Boehner, crafted a Congressional map last month that would have maximized Republican representation in the battleground state. But Democrats in the state cried foul, and just received a favorable ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court, allowing them to pursue a ballot referendum that would block the new lines.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 4:40pm