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QUICK TAKE: Biden Makes Unannounced Stop in Baghdad

Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced stop in Baghdad on Tuesday to meet with Iraqi leaders and thank U.S. troops before they withdraw from the region at the end of the year. The White House said planning for the vice president’s trip was kept secret for security reasons.

While in Iraq, Biden will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee, meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and other political leaders.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

Biggest Unanswered Senate Campaign Questions

It's time to polish off those Thanksgiving leftovers and get ready for the final month of 2011. But December will be far from a throwaway month when it comes to Senate races. In fact, the end of 2011 could prove to be quite consequential. Here are the five biggest questions we're asking before we flip the calendar to 2012

1) Will Sen. Ben Nelson retire?

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

Walden Says Spectrum Legislation Raises $15 Billion

House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden,  R-Ore., released long-awaited legislation on Tuesday to re-allocate specrtum.

Walden says the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011can cut $15 billion off the deficit. He also says it will "spur billions of dollars in private investment, create thousands of jobs" and  help create a public safety communications network.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

Arpaio Rides to Perry's Rescue on Immigration

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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

The Most Evocative Political Ads of 2011 -- VIDEOS

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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

Season of Holiday Fundraisers Commences

It's that time of the year: the holiday-themed fundraiser.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting on a holiday party for its Frontline candidates on Thursday and is asking for some big presents from attendees, according to the invite obtained by the Alley.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

The Sex Grinch Who Stole Herman Cain's Christmas; Plus: Blitzer Beatboxes! -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart reflected on President Obama's Thanksgiving address on The Daily Show on Monday. In the YouTube video, the president didn't mention God, which became fodder for criticism from pundits on the right.

"Seriously? Failing to mention God in your Thanksgiving address? Not a huge Thanksgiving faux pas," Stewart said. "I could understand if instead of pardoning two male turkeys he had married them."

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Wireless Industry Launches Rating System For Mobile Apps

The wireless industry group CTIA announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new rating system for mobile applications that the major wireless providers have agreed to voluntarily follow.

The rating system, which will be formally unveiled at a news conference Tuesday, was developed with the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which currently rates computer and video games. The mobile application ratings will use the age-based rating icons the rating board uses for evaluating the content of video and computer games, CTIA said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

Hotline Sort: Remapping Florida

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin is gaining momentum, Herman Cain's campaign is losing it, Republicans in Florida are smiling about the first proposed redistricting map and Rep. Joe Walsh might not be running against Republican Randy Hultgren after all. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Obama Calls on Europe to Clean Up Fiscal Mess

President Obama voiced his growing concern over European debt woes on Monday during lengthy talks at the White House with the leaders of the 27-nation European Union.

Much of the conversation “revolved around the eurozone crisis,” Obama said afterward, noting that until Europe cleans up its fiscal mess, it will be tough for the United States to enjoy a robust recovery.

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:40pm