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Former Astronaut Hernandez to Run for Congress in California

A former astronaut has announced his candidacy for Congress in California's 10th District after being urged to run by the Obamas.

Jose Hernandez told The Huffington Post that both the president and first lady spoke to him at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Awards Gala on Sept. 14 and encouraged him to run. 

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 10:40am

Would Herman Cain Kick it With Brad Pitt? -- VIDEO

The latest presidential debate was fodder for late-night jokes on Tuesday. In light of National Coming Out Day, Jimmy Kimmel presented a debate segment in which all of the Republican candidates were challenged on their (personal) views on gay rights.

"You've all taken positions against gay rights but let's be honest," the faux moderator said to the candidates. "If Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie would have come up to you and offer you a night of one-on-one homosexual passion, how many of you would go for it?" Watch to see who raises their hands.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 10:40am

Biden: Iran Must Be Held Accountable for Assassination Attempt, Bomb Plot

Iran must be held accountable for the alleged—and now thwarted—plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. and bomb the Sauidi and Israeli embassies, Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday morning, adding that the U.S. is already working to unite global public opinion behind condemning and isolating such behavior. The U.S. may even pursue the matter with the United Nations, Reuters reported.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Romney Says He'd Consider Christie as Running Mate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney didn’t promise him anything in exchange for his endorsement on Tuesday.

The two men appeared in an interview on NBC’s Today. While Christie shot down questions asking if he was promised a vice presidential spot on Romney's ticket, GOP front-runner Romney didn’t dissuade the running-mate rumors.

Asked if Christie would be on his vice presidential short list, Romney said any GOP candidate would strongly consider the New Jersey governor for the position.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert After Thwarted Assassination Plot

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens on Tuesday, the same day the government charged two men with alleged connections to Iran with conspiring both to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

'Debates Are Not My Strong Suit,' Perry Says

HANOVER, N.H. -- After a two-hour debate on the economy, earnest GOP operatives headed straight to the spin room to tout the merits of their respective candidates. As for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he headed straight to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

HANOVER, N.H. -- After a two-hour debate on the economy, earnest GOP operatives headed straight to the spin room to tout the merits of their respective candidates. As for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he headed straight to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Dressed to The Nines

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney turned in another solid debate performance, but Cain's 9/9/9 plan was the dominant topic of discussion. Meanwhile, Bill Nelson raises about $2 million in Florida, while Ben Nelson and Jon Tester vote no on the president's jobs bill, and Linda Lingle looks east for inspiration. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert After Thwarted Assassination Attempt

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens on Tuesday, the same day the government charged two men with alleged connections to Iran with conspiring both to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

White House Chief of Staff Daley to Leave at End of Term

White House Chief of Staff William Daley has come under fire lately for his rocky relationships both on the Hill and with his own staff at the White House. Daley has the said criticism was to be expected, and he seemed to brush it off.

But he won’t let those critics follow him into a second term at the White House. Daley announced on Tuesday that he plans to return to Chicago in 2013.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am

Perry on the Ropes?

Rick Perry’s six-foot frame seemed to slump in his chair during Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary debate, at a time when he should have been rising to the challenge.

The Texas governor sorely needed to notch a solid debate performance to arrest his freefall in the polls and reclaim his status as the biggest threat to the Republican to beat, Mitt Romney. He didn’t, reviving questions about his readiness for the national stage and raising new ones about his ability to sustain an initial, $17 million fundraising blitz.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40am