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Stick a Fork in Them?

Thanksgiving is only a day away, and many members of the House will be returning to their districts thankful it’s not 2012 yet. With the public registering historic levels of dissatisfaction with Congress and redistricting imperiling many of the most entrenched members, the list of vulnerable lawmakers will be particularly long next year.

But it’s the select few who, because of poor fundraising, strong early opposition, or bad luck through redistricting, stand out. So without further ado, here are the first annual Against the Grain rankings of the top House turkeys in 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

The ‘Tickle Me’ Media Markets

Imagine searching for that perfect Christmas present for your child, the one he’s been pining after for months. It’s so popular that other parents with more time to shop have snapped up most of the inventory. As supply dwindles and demand spikes, you know it’ll cost you.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Unlike Super Committee, Public United on Taxing Wealthy

The deficit-reduction super committee collapsed on Monday after its members failed to negotiate a proposal to reduce the nation’s debt, and this week’s United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll showed voters likewise struggling to find common, bipartisan ground on specific ways to trim the federal deficit.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Scenes from the GOP Presidential Debate in Washington, D.C.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

FACT CHECK: How Serious is the Threat to Pakistan’s Nuclear Program?

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee, so her comments on Pakistan’s nuclear program represent either a news-making leak of previously unknown classified information or another in her recent series of seemingly-random, and highly inaccurate, public comments.  During the CNN debate, Bachmann said that 15 Pakistani nuclear sites were vulnerable to jihadist attacks, and that six of the sites had previously come under some form of Islamist attack.  U.S. intelligence and military officials believe that Pakistan has 15 nuclear sites, but no U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Herman Cain Forgets Wolf Blitzer's Name

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain momentarily forgot the name of CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the GOP presidential candidate debate Tuesday night.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Republicans Face Off on Foreign Policy, Economy in Debate

The 11th GOP presidential debate began with a spirited discussion of the USA Patriot Act and the role of the Transportation Security Administration, then segued into an even more divisive discussion about Pakistan.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Will Apple Topple HP As PC King?

A new study predicts that Apple will overtake Hewlett-Packard next year as the world's top personal computer vendor - if the iPad is counted as a PC, according to USA Today.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama Keeps 'Change Agent' Mantle in Wake of Super Committee Failure

White House press secretary Jay Carney was exasperated. Talking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New Hampshire on Tuesday, here was yet another question that he took as suggesting President Obama could have done more to lead the super committee to a happier conclusion than the total failure announced the night before.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Supporters Look at All Avenues to Move Spectrum Bill

Now that it’s clear there will be no super-committee deal to attach spectrum legislation to, supporters are looking for alternative avenues to move the legislation by the end of the year. Just about any bill with a chance to pass Congress will likely do.

“Supporters will look for any moving vehicle to stick it on,” said Veronica O’Connell, vice president of congressional affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association. 

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:40pm