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Explaining Elizabeth Warren's Appeal

In today's Hotline Spotlight, we take a look at the left's new knight in shining armor. For the third presidential election cycle in a row, the liberal blogosphere has a candidate to rally around: In 2004, it was Howard Dean. In 2008, it was Barack Obama. Now, it's Elizabeth Warren.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

Santorum: Let’s Cut Off Iran’s Oil Supply

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum moved to strike a chord with Jewish voters gathered at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s candidate forum with his aggressive posture toward Iran and a blistering critique of the Obama administration’s Middle East policies.

Like all the other GOP candidates, Santorum vowed to be a better friend to Israel. “We see this administration turn a blind eye toward radicals,” the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania said. “For every thug and hooligan, for every radical Islamist, [Obama] has done nothing but appease them.”

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

A Primary Isn't Always A Bad Thing

At a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray repeated a familiar refrain: Republican infighting in primaries will be detrimental to the GOP's overall chances of success in 2012.

But look more closely at this cycle's contested Republican primaries. What you'll find is that a GOP primary -- even a heated affair -- isn't always a bad thing. In some cases, it could turn out to be a net positive for the party.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Romney Subtly Rifles Through Gingrich's Baggage

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Ad Urges Congress to Pass Online Piracy Bills

Creative America, an entertainment-industry group trying to stop content theft, is out with a new ad campaign to encourage Congress to pass two bills that it says will stop online piracy, helping to protect American ideas and jobs.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Report: Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison for Corruption

Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois charged with peddling Barack Obama's Senate seat for personal gain, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption on Wednesday, according to news reports. 

Pleading for mercy, Blagojevich flashed a rarely seen apologetic side to the courtroom. 

Blagojevich is expected to appeal the decision, and likely won't report to prison immediately. 

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

RickPerry.com Redirects to the Paul Campaign's Website

Looking for Rick Perry's campaign website?

Make sure you get the URL right: RickPerry.org. If you instead type in RickPerry.com, you'll be sent to the website of a fellow Texan, Rep. Ron Paul.

"The Paul campaign does not have anything to do with this and does not appreciate this sort of thing," campaign spokesman Gary Howard told National Journal. "We are working now to resolve the issue."

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Many Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk, Report Finds

For women who want to reduce their risk of breast cancer, there are a few steps they can take. But a comprehensive review of environmental factors reveals that no one factor makes a huge difference.

For women who want to reduce their risk of breast cancer, there are a few steps they can take. But a comprehensive review of environmental factors reveals that no one factor makes a huge difference.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Holiday and Football Fundraisers

GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts are honoring that time tested duo of football and the holidays with a pair of themed fundraisers next week. 

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:40pm