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QUICK TAKE: Report: Al-Qaida Claims to Have American Hostage

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims in a new audio message that the terrorist organization is holding 70-year-old Warren Weinstein hostage, ABC News reports.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Recovery Board Chairman to Step Down

Earl Devaney, the chairman of the board set up to oversee more than $800 billion in federal economic stimulus efforts under the 2009 Recovery Act, will step down from his position at the end of the year.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Devaney plans to retire to Florida with his wife and will seek part-time work consulting or serving on corporate boards.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Advocates for Ending AIDS, Look Out: Bono Will Come to Your Home -- VIDEO

How badly does U2 frontman Bono want to end AIDS? According to the rock star himself, badly enough to stalk a bureaucrat.

Only this Irish charmer could show up at the home of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to ask for more to be done to fight AIDS -- and end up getting invited to family dinner that same night.

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Tommy Thompson Launches, With a Warning

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson officially launched his Senate campaign on Thursday, releasing a two-and-a-half minute web video laying out the reasons why he is running. He also offers up word of caution to supporters.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson officially launched his Senate campaign on Thursday, releasing a two-and-a-half minute web video laying out the reasons why he is running. He also offers up word of caution to supporters.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

A Call to Abolish the FEC

The tea party and Occupy Wall Street are as far apart on the political spectrum as possible, but both cry foul at the capture of government by special interests. Left and right alike agree that elected officials shouldn't finance their campaigns with contributions from the industries they regulate.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

New Perry Ad Pokes Fun at Debate Gaffe

 

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Rick Perry took his own stab at comedy before an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno scheduled for this evening. The Texas governor plans to bookend his appearance with a television ad that makes fun of his now-infamous memory lapse during a candidate debate in Michigan in early October.

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

FEC: Member Leadership PACs Can't Be Super

The Federal Election Commission said on Thursday that members of Congress are not allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of other candidates, NJ's Reid Wilson reports.

Wilson has more:

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Today’s e-Reads: Lawmaker Takes Aim at Censorship Technology

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee, plans to introduce legislation that would restrict the export of software that can be used to censor the Internet or spy on users, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:40am

Jon's Daughters Sing 'Huntsman's Back' in New Web Ad -- VIDEO

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's three daughters have returned to YouTube with a new Web video. This time, they present a political parody of Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back" in which they plug their father and take digs at the rest of the field. 

"We're bringing Huntsman back. We're right behind the guy who's right on track," they sing. "He rocks the awesome China policy. The governor who stands for sanity."

Watch the latest spot:

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:40am