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American Action Network Launches Ad on Hatch's Behalf

The GOP-aligned American Action Network, an influential 501(c)(4) organization, is taking to the airwaves on Fox News on behalf of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

The GOP-aligned American Action Network, an influential 501(c)(4) organization, is taking to the airwaves on Fox News on behalf of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Romney in Iowa? Bad Idea, Former Allies Say

Many Iowa-based Republicans goaded Mitt Romney for months to treat their state not as an afterthought but a launch-pad for his presidential campaign.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

QUICK TAKE: New CMS Nominee Known as a Pragmatist -- Post

President Obama’s new pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is more of a manager than a policy visionary, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Report: On Immigration, 2006 Romney Sounds Like 2011 Gingrich

What a difference five years makes. Last week, Mitt Romney accused Newt Gingrich of proposing “amnesty” for illegal immigrants, but in 2006, Romney endorsed an immigration policy almost identical to the one Gingrich backs now, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

N.J. Nurses Sue Over Abortion Care - Newspaper

A New Jersey lawsuit has revived the debate over the right of health care workers to refuse care to abortion patients, The Washington Post reports.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Report: Medicare Drug-Coverage Gap Shrinks

Medicare’s prescription-drug-coverage gap will shrink by almost 40 percent this year, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. The average beneficiary who lands in the coverage gap, sometimes known as "the doughnut hole," will see his or her prescription-drug expenses fall from $1,504 to $901 this year, the AP reported, citing Medicare’s Office of the Actuary.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

For DeMint, A Few Well-Timed Endorsements

It's all in the timing. And so far this cycle, Sen. Jim DeMint's Senate endorsements have been timed to rain especially hard on the parades of several Republican contenders viewed as part of the party establishment.

DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund officially threw its support behind former Rep. Mark Neumann's, R-Wis., Senate campaign on Monday, just days before former Gov. Tommy Thompson's anticipated Dec. 1 campaign kickoff.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Barney Bows Out, Citing Redistricting Among Reasons

Rep. Barney Frank, one of the most influential liberal lawmakers of his generation, announced he is not seeking a 17th term in Congress next year, in large part due to congressional redistricting in his home state of Massachusetts.

(PICTURES: Who's Retiring From Congress?)

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Federal Task Forces Seizes Counterfeit Websites

U.S. officials said on Monday they had seized 150 website domain names they said were being used to sell counterfeit goods, including football and hockey jerseys, fake designer boots, and handbags.

Some of the names seemed clearly designed to mislead customers seeking genuine quality, such as texansjerseystore.com, while others such as discount-louisvuitton-handbag.com were aimed at bargain shoppers.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Barney Frank To Retire From Congress

Rep. Barney Frank will announce later today he will not seek a 17th term in Congress next year, his office said in a statement this morning. Frank will make his announcement at the Newton City Hall this afternoon.

The Massachusetts Democrat, first elected in 1980, serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. During a four-year stint as chairman of the panel, he helped shepherd the Dodd-Frank overhaul of the nation's financial regulations.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am