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Aid at Risk? Seven Countries that Ban Homosexuality -- PICTURES

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Perry's Play for Cain Supporters; Plus: Obama, Ron Paul Grab the T-Pain Mic -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday presented a mock-campaign ad for Rick Perry in which the Texas governor and presidential candidate tries to appeal to supporters of Herman Cain.

"Now that Herman Cain has suspended his run for president, there's only one GOP candidate left who can keep us laughing," the faux ad's narrator says. "Rick Perry: Strong, dumb, Perry funny."

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: (Good) Snowe Job

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Kaine and Allen face off in the first Virginia Senate debate this afternoon, Joe Walsh will announce where he is running on Thursday, Romney will appear on a Sunday show after a prolonged absence and Gingrich leads in another Iowa poll, but can he even make it onto the ballot in Ohio? Here's today's rundown:

9) Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., will announce on Thursday which district he intends to run in next year.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Trump to be Lone 'Judge' at Debate

Donald Trump, the billionaire business tycoon and former presidential contender, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday that he will be the only moderator in the Republican debate he is planning.

“I think I would be the lone judge,” said Trump, referencing his performance as a judge at the Miss Universe contest. “And that’s the way it seems—just a good old-fashioned debate.”

But Trump said that Romney called him to say he was simply too busy to attend and would still like his support.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama Speech Wasn’t an 'Election Speech,' Carney Says

President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, yesterday promoted smart policies, not politics, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on MSNBCs Morning Joe.

"I would say that this speech wasn't an election speech," Carney said. "It was a speech that framed the debates we've been having and the debates we will likely have next year that go right to some of the policies the president is pushing Congress to act on right now, including the extension and expansion of a payroll-tax cut for middle-class Americans.”

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Report: Gingrich Campaign Paying Down Massive Debt

Even as GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich surges in national polls, his campaign is weighed down by a massive debt accumulated in the early weeks of his campaign, The Washington Post reports.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Don't Play the Trump Card

A sliver of sanity has finally emerged from the raucous Republican presidential race.

The GOP contest, which already resembles a TV reality show, faces a test of relevancy now that celebrity businessman Donald Trump wants to host a debate in Iowa. What could be more demeaning to the process than a half-cocked ratings grabber posing as a political kingmaker?

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Battleground-State Voters Leaving the Democratic Party

President Obama and his re-election team have prided themselves on their well-oiled get-out-the-vote effort.  But a new study from the centrist think tank Third Way suggests Democrats are losing ground organizationally in nearly all of the key battleground states in the general election.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Gingrich May Not Qualify For Ohio Ballot

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Anti-Obama SEIU Release is a Hoax

The Service Employees International Union was one of Barack Obama's most generous financial 2008 supporters.  It's the largest union in the U.S., and spends more money to elect Democrats than any other single entity.   On November 16, they endorsed Obama's re-election.

Wouldn't it be a huge news story if they'd had a change of heart? 

Some pranksters thought so.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 2:40am