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Judiciary Postpones Final Action On Net Piracy Bill

After two days of acrimonious debate, the House Judiciary Committee postponed further action on Friday on a bipartisan bill that would authorize new tools for tackling the growing problem of online piracy and counterfeit goods on foreign websites.

Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the panel will resume consideration of the bill when the House is back in session. House lawmakers could meet again next week depending on maneuvering over a payroll tax package.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

While You Weren't Looking...

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Rules matter. Pay attention and take advantage, or face the consequences of being unprepared.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Why Voters Are Turning to Ron Paul; PLUS: This Year in Unnecessary Censorship -- VIDEO

David Letterman last night joked about presidential candidate Ron Paul's recent surge in Iowa polls.

He said, "Remember when Mitt says, 'OK, my gloves are coming off'? And then Ron Paul said, 'Alright, well, my teeth are coming out.'?" Well, it's paid off. Letterman presented a segment, "Why Voters Are Turning to Ron Paul" explaining the surge.

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Insiders: Gingrich, Paul Favored in Iowa, But Not for Nomination

After months of the most volatile presidential nominating campaign in recent history, the first voting is nearly ready to begin. National Journal's Political Insiders on both sides of the aisle are predicting a Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus win by either former House Speaker Newt Gingrich or Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. Few, however, believe either man will go on to capture the 2012 nomination.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Sort: Romney's Rebound

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Lots of kumbaya at the final Republican presidential debate before Iowa, a court upholds Illinois Democrats' congressional map, Dan Liljenquist inches closer to a Hatch challenge and Romney gets a big boost from Nikki Haley. Here's today's rundown:

9) Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, tells Roll Call she will not take sides in the Hawaii Democratic Senate primary.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama Campaign Touts End of Iraq War in New Video

In a new Web video, President Obama's reelection campaign is touting his follow-through on a campaign pledge to end the war in Iraq, a withdrawal formally marked in a ceremony this week.

In a new Web video, President Obama's reelection campaign is touting his follow-through on a campaign pledge to end the war in Iraq, a withdrawal formally marked in a ceremony this week.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Obama to GOP: It's Not Me, It's You

President Obama accused Republicans of instigating the recent cycle of Washington gridlock that once again threatens government shutdown--simply because of their personal animosity against him.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

S.C. Gov. Haley Endorses Romney

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of  South Carolina backed Mitt Romney on Friday morning on Fox and Friends, an endorsement so highly regarded by the Romney campaign that it chartered a plane to make sure members of the media would make the announcement, according to The New York Times.

“Today is the day that I’m throwing all of my support behind Mitt Romney for president,” Haley said on the Fox News show.

In a statement, Romney called the endorsement "an honor." 

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 9:40am

Rules Committee Advances Conference Report Toward a Friday Vote

The ball is officially rolling.

The House Committee on Rules met past the midnight hour Thursday night, setting up a vote for a short-term continuing resolution, and moving the conference report toward a House vote on Friday.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said that there are only two changes in this conference report: changes to how the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is funded and restrictions on Cuban travel.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40am

Who's More Radical, Gingrich or the Courts He Wants to Abolish?

If Iowa voters changed channels a few minutes into Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, they would have taken away the impression of a gracious Newt Gingrich wishing them "a very joyous Christmas." But anyone who stuck around longer would have seen the Gingrich who makes many Republicans quake at the idea of him as their nominee.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40am