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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Campaign Slams Romney on Immigration

President Obama's reelection campaign on Wednesday pounced on statements by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opposing programs that would allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the country. 

At Tuesday’s GOP candidate debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the United States needs to be “humane” and allow illegal immigrants who have been in the country for a long time to stay without being granted citizenship. Romney said Gingrich's proposal amounted to amnesty and that it would encourage more people to come to the United States illegally.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

House Committee Sets Spectrum Legislation Markup

The House Energy and Commerce Committee confirmed on Wednesday that it has scheduled a Dec. 1 markup for spectrum legislation after the super-committee failed to find a compromise.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Gives Up, Nominates Tavenner to Head CMS

President Obama said on Wednesday he plans to nominate Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to replace Dr. Donald Berwick, who has never won the support of Congress.

Obama sidestepped the traditional confirmation process in July 2010 to make a recess appointment of Berwick.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

The Dems' Money Problems

It is becoming obvious that the outside groups that will raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Republican candidates are going to outraise those groups spending money for Democratic candidates. That's going to be a complicating factor in President Obama's bid for re-election -- and Democrats have only themselves to blame.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Five State Turkey Pardons

You saw President Obama pardon Liberty and Peace on Wednesday morning. But did you know that a few states also have their governors pardon turkeys?

Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert (R) pardoned 47-pound Lucky Tom on Nov. 22 at an attraction called Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

President Obama Pardons Turkeys Liberty and Peace

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

The False Debate Over False Equivalencies

My post yesterday on the so-called super committee's so-real failure ("Shame On Us, Washington") drew criticism from the White House, its Democratic allies and some journalists.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Report: Lobbyist Bundled $17.1 Million Since 2009

Lobbyists have bundled $17.1 million for 76 recipients since 2009, according to a Sunlight Foundation examination of Federal Election Commission filings. Five of the 12 Super Committee members have received bundled contributions, but Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) was the only one who has received this type of money during this election cycle, according to a Sunlight blog.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Romney Picks Up Thune Endorsement -- Reports

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate's Republican Policy Committee, will endorse GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday, The Hill and others report.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 10:40am