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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 4:40pm

Perry Sharpens Populist Message in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry steered back to a populist, anti-Washington message here on Wednesday as he sharpened his rhetoric against the twin evils of Washington and Wall Street and regaled the New Hampshire Legislature with his support for right-to-work legislation.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Congress Urged To Close Online Sales Tax Loophole

State officials and mall retailers urged Congress on Wednesday to finally close a loophole that they say benefits some online retailers by allowing them to avoid collecting sales taxes from out-of-state customers.

The Judiciary Committee examined whether lawmakers should close the loophole opened by the 1992 Supreme Court decision in Quill vs. North Dakota that found catalog and other retailers do not have to collect sales taxes from customers in states where they do not have a physical store or other facility.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:40pm

The One Senate Race Dividing DSCC, EMILY's List

In his column today, Josh Kraushaar takes a look at Democrats' success recruiting women to run for the Senate this cycle. In nearly every competitive races involving female candidates, national Democrats and leading women's groups are united behind one candidate. The exception? Connecticut.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:40pm

Dem Recruit Attacks GOP Congressman for Backing Obama

Here's a telling sign of how much President Obama's fortunes have changed since 2008 -- a leading Democratic Congressional recruit is now attacking a Republican congressman for supporting the president.

Former Ohio Democratic congressman Charlie Wilson, who was attacked relentlessly for being too close with President Obama in last year's losing campaign, kicked off his comeback bid today by accusing his Republican rival of the same sin.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:40pm

Will Gary Johnson Seek the Libertarian Party's Nomination?

Going into his presidential run, Gary Johnson knew that he lacked name recognition outside New Mexico, where he spent eight years as governor, and that he wouldn't be able to raise as much money as most of his competitors in the Republican primary. But he figured that if he performed well in televised debates, focused his limited resources on New Hampshire, and made his pitch to voters, he just might win over enough people to give him a fighting chance.  

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Aims to Spur Industry-Government Sharing

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide a channel for the government to share classified intelligence with the private sector to protect against cyberattacks.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Romney Buying New Hampshire Ads

Corrected: This post has been updated to reflect the size of Romney's initial ad buy on WMUR last week.

Mitt Romney's campaign is preparing to launch its second major advertising flight in New Hampshire, six weeks before the state's first-in-the-nation primary.

Romney launched a $134,000 buy last week taking President Obama to task just as Obama traveled to the Granite State. A significant buy in the state is $100,000 to $150,000, including cable and other outlets, so $85,000 on a single station is going to be noticed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bonus Quotes of the Day

Every now and then, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches. As we considered today's Hotline Quote of the Day, there were just too many good choices. Here are some of the best runners-up from today:

"There's not another candidate who has more gratuitously promoted the state of New Hampshire. I've gone on all the talk shows. I've gone on Saturday Night Live for heaven's sake."

"We've got real issues to talk about not the latest bimbo eruption."

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Central Banks Swing Into Action; Encouraging, Terrifying

Central bankers around the world are very, very worried about Europe, and they’re starting to do something about it. This is equal parts terrifying and encouraging.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm