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Congressional Republicans and their Differing Views on Climate Change -- PICTURES

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Insiders Not Sold on Gingrich

The Gingrich Moment has yet to catch on with National Journal's Political Insiders. Despite former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's surge in the Republican presidential nomination contest, overwhelming majorities of both Democratic and Republican Insiders still say former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has the better shot at beating President Obama in 2012.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Insiders: After Economy/Jobs, Deficit/Taxes Are Most Important 2012 Election Issues

Even when it's not the economy, it's still the economy, stupid. It is widely accepted that jobs and the economy will dominate the elections of 2012, but what other issues will have a serious impact? According to this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll, the budget deficit and taxes head the list, in part because voters associate those issues with the economy.

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Poll: Cain's Support Plummets in Iowa

Herman Cain’s once-surging popularity in Iowa has plummeted in the wake of an allegation of a 13-year extramarital affair, leaving him at single-digit support with the Iowa caucuses just over a month away, according to new poll by The Des Moines Register.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Rick Perry Does Leno; Plus: Mitt Romney is His Own Mistress -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart has discovered that Mitt Romney also has a mistress who is threatening his presidential campaign.

"Just like Herman Cain, Mitt Romney has an embarrassing person in his past who he is desperately trying to hide," The Daily Show host joked on Thursday. "For Herman Cain, it's a woman named Ginger White. For Mitt Romney... it's Mitt Romney."

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Unemployment Fell in November, Hitting Lowest Level in Two and a Half Years

The unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest level since March 2009, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

The economy added 120,000 new jobs in November, in line with economists' expectations of an increase of 122,000, according to Reuters. That's just shy of the 125,000 most economists say the labor market needs to gain to keep the unemployment rate steady. Bringing the rate down a percentage point over a year would take closer to 200,000 new jobs each month.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Romney: Despite Good Jobs News, Obama Will Have 'Hard Time Putting a Perfume on This Pig'

Republican presidental candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time denouncing what could be a potential boost for President Obama, saying that despite Friday morning's news that unemployment in November hit a 32-month low, the president will have a "hard time putting a perfume on this pig."

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Unemployment Fell in November, Hitting Lowest Level in Two and a Half Years

The unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest level since March 2009, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Smith Calls for Information on Kagan's Health Care Reform Role -- Post

The Obama administration needs to disclose Justice Elena Kagan's involvement in the review of health care reform legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, argues in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Feeling Confident

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Gingrich is confident he'll be the GOP nominee, Cain's support in Iowa takes a dive, Cuccinelli confirms he's running for governor, and Republicans still have their doubts about Mitt Romney. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am