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Perry's ‘Uproot Washington’ Plan Gets Warm Reception in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his plans to remake the federal government got a warm reception in New Hampshire as he pledged on Wednesday to take a sledgehammer to the bureaucracy of the nation’s capital.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 1:40am

The Retirement Season

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are a peaceful time after the mad rush of last-minute legislating, but the time away can give members a chance to think of what comes beyond Washington. The biennial retirement season, which runs from Thanksgiving through the end of February, can wreak havoc on either party’s plans to take control of the House of Representatives. It’s an unpleasant time for strategists on either side plotting to seize control of the lower chamber.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Deficit Panel Squabbles Over Health Programs

A dispute broke out between super-committee negotiators on Wednesday over whether other committees can cut health programs in a two-step deficit-reduction process.

The disagreement involved the panel’s possible two-step strategy, which would have committees with tax jurisdiction raising billions from an overhaul of the tax code next year.

Earlier on Wednesday Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, warned the super committee not to saddle other committees with instructions to raise billions in revenues from tax reform alone in 2012.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40pm

Cain Campaign Apologizes After Reporter Clotheslined by Security

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Three members of Herman Cain’s campaign team apologized on Wednesday after a local police officer who said he was there to protect the Republican presidential candidate manhandled a reporter.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

House Repeals Contractor Withholding Tax

In a rare show of bipartisanship, an effort to repeal a 3 percent withholding tax on government contractors passed the House by a vote of 422 to 0 just days after the bill was passed with similar bipartisan support in the Senate.

The most recent version of the legislation also included a Senate amendment to provide tax credits and hiring incentives to assist unemployed veterans. The legislation was lauded by lawmakers from both parties and the White House as an undisputed opportunity to create jobs.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

Obama Balances Warnings With Praise for China

In pledging to “project power and deter threats to peace” in Asia and the Pacific, a region where U.S. allies see China as the primary threat looming, President Obama on Wednesday continued a careful diplomatic balancing act on his current overseas trip that has had him both praising and warning China.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

Bono Mack Wants Answers On Facebook Attack

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., who chairs the Energy and Commerce subcommittee with jurisdiction over consumer privacy and security issues, wants Facebook to explain how hackers penetrated the social networking site, resulting in violent and pornographic images on some users' Facebook pages.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

Americans Getting Fatter and Sicker

Congress and the Obama administration may be struggling to find ways to save money on health care costs, but they are fighting even more of a losing battle than expected, heart experts said on Wednesday. Two studies presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando show Americans are getting even fatter and less healthy.

One team projects that by 2020, more than 80 percent of U.S. men and more than 70 percent of women will be overweight or obese, and more than half will either have full-blown diabetes or be well on the way to developing it.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Paul: Keep Medicare and Offer MSAs

Although he campaigns on his disdain for government involvement in the private sector, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Wednesday said that he would preserve health care entitlements, including the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled, while trying to transition Americans into medical savings accounts. 

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Gingrich Statement: Help for Freddie Mac Was Not Lobbying

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tried to stem the damage from reports that he earned more than $1.6 million from Freddie Mac during the housing crisis, issuing a statement reiterating his defense that he never lobbied for the mortgage-finance giant and that he made that fact clear to all his consulting clients after he left Congress.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:40pm