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Super Committee Fails to Reach Deficit Agreement

The bipartisan congressional committee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction announced on Monday it cannot reach agreement by the Wednesday deadline, a stark if not unexpected admission that its efforts have ended in failure.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Bing, Yahoo Agree to Remove Mortgage Ads

Federal regulators shut down mortgage-modification scams running as ads on Yahoo and Bing, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said on Monday.

Similar ads on Google were shut down last week. The ads falsely promised to lower homeowners’ mortgages in exchange for a fee, often even diverting mortgage payments to the fraudulent websites, according to officials.

Investigators notified Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft, which owns Bing and powers Yahoo’s ads, of a list of 125 suspected websites, including some that used government logos.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Cain Campaign Becoming One Long Awkward Moment

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Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Aides: Kerry Proposal on Table; Failure Announcement Still Expected

What Democrats called a “last-ditch” super-committee offer made by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, remained on the table Monday afternoon, but committee aides in both parties still expect the panel to declare failure within hours.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Poll: Gingrich Has Slight Lead Over Romney

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a slight lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a new CNN/ORC International poll released late Monday, as Republicans begin to see Gingrich as the candidate with whom they most agree and the most qualified to be commander-in-chief. Romney continues to be seen by a wide plurality of Republicans as the candidate with the best chance of beating President Obama in the general election.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Civil Rights Leader Eyes Arizona Senate Race

There are already two candidates in the Democratic primary for retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's, R-Ariz., seat -- former Arizona Democratic Party chair Don Bivens and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona -- and a third may soon jump in as well. Rev. Warren Stewart Sr., a civil rights leader in the state, has formed an exploratory committee for a potential Senate run. The Arizona Republic:

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

AIDS Death Rates Slowing, UN Agency Reports

Efforts to fight the AIDS pandemic are starting to make a real difference and a slight tweak to the approach could slice the rate of new infections, the United Nations' AIDS agency said on Monday.

The rate of new infections has tumbled 15 percent since 2001, and 2.5 million lives have been saved in low and middle-income countries thanks to the introduction of AIDS drugs and changes in behavior, UNAIDS said in its annual report on the often deadly and incurable virus.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

FCC Says Broadband Expansion Will Add Jobs

The Federal Communications Commission says that its plan to bring broadband Internet to the countryside will produce 500,000 jobs over the next six years.

The FCC voted last month to spend billions to subsidize broadband businesses in the countryside. The money is not a new outlay—it previously went to the landline operations at rural phone companies. 

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

MPAA Promotes Daley, Hires Soellner

Cybele Daley has been promoted from her vice president position to senior vice president of government affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), the president and CEO of the MPAA, announced today. Daley, who has also worked at Van Scoyoc Associates and the Department of Justice, will oversee MPAA's federal agenda.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: The Government Phone Gold Rush

Tech companies see a gold mine in a federal government shift to Android and Apple devices, The Washington Post reports.

AT&T says someone tried on a big hack attack.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm