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Blue Skies for Everyone

Patches of blue sky are breaking out for President Obama in the true blue states.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Balanced-Budget Amendment Fails in House

The GOP-controlled House failed by 23 votes on Friday to muster the required two-thirds majority to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, a legislative exercise agreed upon by both parties this summer in the deal that raised the nation’s debt ceiling and created the deficit super committee.

Bipartisan support for the amendment was verified in the 261 to 165 tally.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

What Do Space-Station Astronauts Eat for Thanksgiving Dinner? -- VIDEO

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Facebook 'Likes' Congress

Members of Congress, staffers, and Facebook developers will convene for the first-ever Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon next month to examine ways social media can interact with legislative data and communication with constituents.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

PICTURES: Photo of the Day

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Coming Soon: Perry Attack Ad Against 'Washington Insider'

A source close to the Rick Perry campaign says the Republican presidential candidate will begin airing a new television ad nationwide on FOX and in Iowa, possibly Monday, that suggests  "replacing one Washington insider with another isn't going to change anything.''

A shot at Mitt Romney? At Newt Gingrich? All of the above? Even the political outsider-y Herman Cain worked as a Washington lobbyist as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Senate Panel to Consider FCC Nominees

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Friday that his panel will have a hearing Nov. 30 to consider the nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Varadaraj Pai to the Federal Communications Commission.

"These are exceptional nominees who will be effective advocates at the FCC," Rockefeller said in a statement. "As we consider these nominations, I remain committed to working with my colleagues to address any concerns and move these nominations to a full Senate confirmation as expeditiously as possible."

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Lax NASDAQ Security Gave Hackers An In; European Phone Companies May Merge

Hackers found it easy to break into Nasdaq last year because of lax security, Reuters reports.

Big European phone companies want to recover money they lost in Greece with mergers, Bloomberg reports. 

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Lobbying Leads to Big Bucks, Study Claims

A new report by USAction and Public Campaign claims that 20 major corporations that have spent over a billion dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions since 2005 will see a major return on their investment if Congress approves a controversial repatriation tax holiday.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 2:40pm

The Risks of Being a Political Outsider

Outsider. Businessman. Political newcomer.

These are attractive titles for a candidate to have at a time when fresh faces are in short supply and public disgust at career politicians is at an all-time high. Indeed, campaign strategists from both parties look at the prospect of nominating outsiders for battleground Senate and House campaigns as a very appealing option.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 1:40pm