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Newt's Tough on Iran, Syria. How's That Gonna Work?

Short of reading from the Torah, Republican presidential candidates will appear before Jewish voters today and do just about everything they can to pander. Democrats pander, too, but each party has its own spiel. The GOP line is pretty clear: Obama's too soft on Iran and Syria. (They'll also get into settlements and Hamas but let's leave that aside for a minute.)

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Free Press: Verizon May Have Violated Spectrum Rules in Google Negotiation

Free Press charged on Tuesday that Verizon may have violated federal rules for openness by wrangling with Google over a mobile payment app. 

Google says that Verizon asked it not to include the program Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus phone, which runs Google's Android operating system. That raised eyebrows because Google Wallet competes with a payment system from Verizon and AT&T.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Perry Buys $1 Million in Ads to Rescue Campaign

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is purchasing more than $1 million in ads over the next four weeks in a major effort to get voters to give him a second look after his poll numbers plummeted in recent weeks.
The campaign has already purchased $1.2 million in ads, with more coming, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy; Perry's commercials will run from Wednesday until Jan. 3, the date of the Iowa caucuses.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bratina Kermes to Ketchum

Jill Bratina Kermes, who worked for Ketchum's litigation communications practice in the 1990s, is rejoining the public relations firm as senior vice president for corporate affairs. Bratina Kermes was most recently vice president of brand and corporate communications at Volkswagen of America, and has worked as managing director of Public Strategies, Inc., and as communications director for Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). She was also Bridgestone's primary spokesperson during a tire recall.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Lobbying Showdown on EPA Coal Rules Divides Industry

My colleague Amy Harder has a look at how the EPA's new mercury standards are dividing energy industry lobbyists. 
She reports for members: 

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Today’s e-Reads:Flaw Exposes Zuckerberg’s Pics; Is Olympus Corrupt?

Facebook worked to fix a security flaw exposed by users that resulted in CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal photos being published online, according to The Wall Street Journal

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Conservative Women Business Leaders Ask House for 'Certainty'

Conservative women CEOs speaking on a panel in the House on Monday called for Congress to grant their greatest holiday wish: certainty. The panel discussion, lead by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R- Wash., heard from female business leaders who say they have grown weary of waiting for Congress to pass a long-term budget and deficit solution.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Aid at Risk? Seven Countries that Ban Homosexuality -- PICTURES

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Perry's Play for Cain Supporters; Plus: Obama, Ron Paul Grab the T-Pain Mic -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday presented a mock-campaign ad for Rick Perry in which the Texas governor and presidential candidate tries to appeal to supporters of Herman Cain.

"Now that Herman Cain has suspended his run for president, there's only one GOP candidate left who can keep us laughing," the faux ad's narrator says. "Rick Perry: Strong, dumb, Perry funny."

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: (Good) Snowe Job

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Kaine and Allen face off in the first Virginia Senate debate this afternoon, Joe Walsh will announce where he is running on Thursday, Romney will appear on a Sunday show after a prolonged absence and Gingrich leads in another Iowa poll, but can he even make it onto the ballot in Ohio? Here's today's rundown:

9) Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., will announce on Thursday which district he intends to run in next year.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am