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Perry Declines Trump Debate

BEAUFORT, S.C.--Rick Perry's campaign announced today that it will “respectfully decline” to participate in a debate moderated by Donald Trump this month, adding Perry to the growing list of Republican presidential candidates who have turned down invitations from the flamboyant real-estate magnate.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Microsoft, GE Join Forces to Create Health Care Software

Microsoft Corp. and General Electric Co. are joining forces to create a health care technology platform, the companies announced on Wednesday. The joint venture aims to help health care organizations integrate data, coordinate care and—hopefully—improve patient outcomes, Microsoft said in a statement.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Gingrich Keeping His Powder Dry, Mostly

Just moments after Newt Gingrich came under attack by two Mitt Romney surrogates, who pointedly characterized him as unpredictable, untrustworthy, and self-serving, the former speaker of the House responded in an interview with National Journal and CBS News, saying that he would take the high road in his race for the Republican presidential nomination. But he offered a warning to his fellow GOP candidates:

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Berwick Calls Republicans ‘The True Rationers’

Don Berwick, who left his job last week as head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs after sustained opposition from Senate Republicans who accused him of supporting rationing, struck back on Thursday with a blistering attack on his critics.

“The true rationers are those who impede improvement, who stand in the way of change, and who thereby force choices that we can avoid through better care,” Berwick said in a farewell speech in Orlando, Fla.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Study: Paul Discussed Most Favorably on Twitter

Although Rep. Ron Paul hasn't been polling well and doesn't get much attention from the mainstream media, the story is very different for the Texas Republican on Twitter.

Fully 55 percent of tweets about Paul from May through November were positive, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Only 15 percent of tweets about him were negative, it found.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Report: Transparency Initiative Making Limited Progress

The goals of the Obama administration's main transparency initiative -- the Open Government Directive -- have not been wholly met, writes the Sunlight Foundation's John Wonderlich in a blog post marking the two year anniversary of the OGD.

"Announcements about new transparency policies imagine the best possible impact, while implementation often looks to the minimum requirements," Wonderlich writes.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:40pm

Report: Perry Campaign Split on Anti-Gay Ad

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s newest television ad criticizing the repeal of “don't ask, don't tell” was created over the objections of at least one top staff member, sources in the Perry campaign tell The Huffington Post.

The spot, which began airing in Iowa on Wednesday, features the Republican presidential candidate questioning why soldiers can serve openly in the military while children “can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE:Senate Panel Urges Caution In Rollout Of New Domain Names

Members of a Senate panel appealed on Thursday to the group that manages the Internet’s domain name system to consider delaying its plans for an unlimited expansion of new Internet addresses.

“It seems to me that caution should be used to make sure you don’t rush into this,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said during a Senate Commerce hearing on the issue.

Other critics include ICANN’s founding Chairwoman Esther Dyson, who told the committee she sees no benefit to the new domain name program for Internet users.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:40pm

Rick Perry's 'Strong' Ad Stirs Opposition from Perry Pollster, Gay-Rights Supporters -- VIDEO

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s newest television ad criticizing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" was created over the objections of at least one top staff member, sources in the Perry campaign tell The Huffington Post.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:40pm