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QUICK TAKE: Coons, Rubio Hope AGREE Act Will Gain Support

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of money the bill could give to small businesses. It is $85 billion. 

Amid deep disagreements in Congress over jobs legislation, freshman Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are offering a bipartisan jobs bill in hopes of finding something both parties can agree on in the near future. 

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Huntsman Who?

Last night, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman spoke to more than 100 voters at a Portsmouth Elks Lodge. It was the 100th event Huntsman has held in the first-in-the-nation primary state, a state Huntsman has targeted as his only hope of advancing his long-shot campaign.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Congress Blocks Proposed School-Lunch Changes

Congress blocked an Obama administration attempt to make school lunches healthier this week, adjusting proposed nutritional guidelines in a way that will keep pizza and french fries on the menu, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Report: Gingrich Earned Seven-Figure Sum From Freddie Mac Consulting

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich earned between $1.6 million and $1.8 million for consulting with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to a Wednesday Bloomberg report.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Heller Taking Some Hits

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney gets slammed by a prominent Iowa conservative, a trio of liberal outside groups hits Rehberg/Heller/Scott Brown with new radio ads, the Georgia GOP plans a March debate and Spence and Kinder may have more in common than you think. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Slightly More Americans Favor Health Law Repeal -- Gallup

Slightly more Americans favor repealing last year's health care reform legislation than favor keeping it in place, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama to Deploy up to 250 Marines to Australia Next Year Under New Pact

President Obama unveiled a pact with Australia on Wednesday to build a military presence there as part of the administration's pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Polls: Romney Leads GOP Field, Obama in New Hampshire

Democrats have won New Hampshire's four electoral votes in the past two presidential elections, but a new poll released early Wednesday shows that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a slight lead over President Obama in the Granite State, while a separate survey shows Romney with a larger lead in that state's first-in-the-nation Republican primary.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Comeback Kid? Five Potential Stumbling Blocks for Newt Gingrich

The unpredictable Republican presidential primary of 2012 took another unexpected turn this week when Newt Gingrich -- the same Newt Gingrich pundits left for dead five months ago after a series of stumbles and the exodus of most of his staff -- suddenly found himself in a dead heat with Mitt Romney in some polls.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Advice to Romney: Don't Be Afraid to Lose

One of the most important moments of Mitt Romney's campaign came weeks before he announced his candidacy. In a gathering of political advisers and the once-and-future GOP presidential candidate, one of the consultants cleared his throat and said, "Governor, you can't win until you're not afraid to lose."

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:40am