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Despite Ramp-Up of Visits and Advertising, Romney Campaign Doesn't Impress Iowa Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As Mitt Romney heads to Iowa on Friday for his fourth trip to the state since October and outside backers blitz the TV airwaves, the former Massachusetts governor might like to think he’s making a big showing here.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Officials: Navigation System Failure Probable Cause of Drone Crash

On the day Iran’s government televised footage of a captured American stealth Sentinel drone, U.S. officials and engineers here think it was a problem with the vehicle's navigation system that probably caused it to crash.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Critics of Online-Piracy Bills Release Their Own Draft Legislation

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled draft legislation on Thursday to counter two controversial bills that would crack down on online piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Larsen Staffers Learn Twitter Sees All

Twitter has claimed its latest victims in the realm of politics.

Inappropriate tweets from the personal accounts of three aides to Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., that were published on a center-right news website have prompted their firing, the congressman's spokesman confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Some of the more, ahem, interesting tweets:

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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney Turns Up Heat Against Gingrich, With a Little Help From His Friends

Under pressure from the surging campaign of Newt Gingrich, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign on Thursday launched a counteroffensive against the former House speaker, using allies from the Republican establishment to land some hard-hitting punches without getting its own hands dirty.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Barack Obama as Incredible Hulk

When Barack Obama went to the briefing room today he had to remind you a bit of mild-mannered Dr. Bruce Banner who you do not want to get angry. Asked a question about whether he was being soft on Iran, he snarked back "ask Osama Bin Laden." At first he hid behind Kathleen Sebelius's skirt on her decision to overrule the FDA on a key contraceptive ruling yesterday.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

Campaign Jams: The Songs of the Presidential Race -- PICTURES

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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

A Guide to the Federal Government's Holiday Parties

It's not something the federal government likes to admit, but every December the faceless men and women of the U.S. government are allotted a holiday party to toast the year's successes. Sometimes that toast is in the form of a Cabernet Sauvignon, other times it is literally a bottle of water. From department to department and office to office, no federal holiday party is exactly the same. So to get a flavor of the range of yuletide fetes, we reached out to everyday, hard-working bureaucrats in some of the government's biggest bureaucracies.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

As Gingrich and Romney Attack Each Other, Huntsman Piles On

Usually mild-mannered Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman took an uncharacteristically aggressive tone at the National Press Club on Thursday, railing against Washington’s lobbyists and taking pointed shots at two of his leading rivals.

“We have a choice in this race—we have a choice between a panderer-in-chief, a lobbyist-in-chief or a commander-in-chief,” Huntsman said, in a not-so-subtle dig at his fellow GOP White House contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

From his position well at the back of the pack, Huntsman lobbed critiques of both rivals.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

Agencies, Contractors Get Rules of the Road for Cloud-Security Approvals

Federal cloud providers will have to comply with new, uniform security controls by June so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation, White House officials announced on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm