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Team Obama's Pathway to 270

Make sure to read the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg's excellent overview of Team Obama's 2012 strategy, which involves a healthy heaping of negative attacks on the Republican nominee sprinkled with helpful reminders about the president's counterterrorism successes.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Cain: I’m Still Around Because of 'Specificity'

GOP  presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t discouraged by his drop to the third spot in the polls. In fact, he says that he and his campaign staff have “have no concern whatsoever” about moving back up in the next several weeks.

“We call it third just before the surge,” Cain said on Fox and Friends Monday. “We have nothing but optimism about what we'll be doing in the next couple of weeks, leading up to the caucuses and primaries.”

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am

Mitt Bashes Newt for Agreeing with Him on Immigration

Bloomberg has a story today that quotes a 2006 interview with Mitt Romney, in which he took a dim view of the prospect of deporting illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. Romney's comments are at odds with the position he took last week when he assailed Republican rival Newt Gingrich's call for a "humane'' immigration policy that doesn't target longtime undocumented residents. Romney accused Gingrich of opening "a new doorway to amnesty.''

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Sort: The Gingrich Surge

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Team Romney hits Iowa mailboxes, reaching out to social conservatives; Gingrich lands the backing of the biggest paper in New Hampshire and Texas's attorney general will fight a congressional map that benefits to Democrats. Here's today's rundown:

8) Sen. Jon Tester's, D-Mont., campaign points out that a Chamber Of Commerce ad running against the Democrat misspells his first name. Oops.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Filibuster Likely Over Payroll-Tax Cut

Senate Democrats are expected to force a vote this week to extend a payroll-tax cut that has saved the average worker nearly $1,000 this year. But the measure would be tied to an increased levy on people earning more than $1 million per year – which Republicans oppose and are likely to filibuster.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Pakistani Prime Minister Says U.S. Ties Won't Be 'Business As Usual'

In the aftermath of NATO's cross-border airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani troops, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that relations with the U.S. would not be "business as usual."

During an interview with CNN, Gilani said the relationship could continue if based on "mutual respect and mutual interests" -- but right now, neither condition is being met. "If I can't protect the sovereignty of my country, how can we say it's mutual respect and mutual interests?" he said.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Pakistani Prime Minister Says U.S. Ties Won't Be 'Business As Usual'

In the aftermath of NATO's cross-border airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani troops, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that relations with the U.S. would not be "business as usual."

During an interview with CNN, Gilani said the relationship could continue if based on "mutual respect and mutual interests" -- but right now, neither condition is being met. "If I can't protect the sovereignty of my country, how can we say it's mutual respect and mutual interests?" he said.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 9:40am

QUICK TAKE: Pakistan's Prime Minister Says U.S. Ties Won't Be 'Business As Usual'

In the aftermath of NATO's cross-border airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani troops, that country's prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that relations with the U.S. would not be "business as usual."

During an interview with CNN, Gilani said the relationship could continue if based on "mutual respect and mutual interests" -- but right now, neither condition is being met. "If I can't protect the sovereignty of my country, how can we say it's mutual respect and mutual interests?" he said.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 8:40am

Durban Climate Talks: What's Next?

What should negotiators seek to accomplish during this year's international climate talks?

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 8:40am

A Hot Flash In The Cold War With Pakistan

The relationship between Pakistan and the United States is, for both sides, like a raw nerve that keeps getting exposed. And at a tenuous time too: the NATO coalition in Afghanistan that errantly killed at least 24 Pakistanis on Friday is relying on Pakistan’s help to broker peace negotiations between militants and the Afghan government as the coalition prepares to withdraw. The U.S. claims to be on the verge of defeating al-Qaida's core, thanks to the latest bombardment by unmanned armed drones launched from Shamsi Air Base inside Pakistan.

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 8:40am