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Obama Says Republicans Give Him a Leg Up With Latino Voters

Although his approval rating among Latino voters has been hovering around 50 percent, according to Gallup polling, President Obama is convinced that he can win over their votes for one important reason: Republicans can’t.

In a roundtable with Hispanic media at the White House, Obama said that it won’t be hard to pit Latinos against Republican candidates in campaign ads.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Crossroads GPS Ads Hit Dems in Five Senate Races

Updated at 11:29 a.m.

The GOP-aligned super PAC Crossroads GPS is launching a wave of new television ads against three of this cycle's most vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents and two of the party's strongest recruits.

The ads offer an early preview of the lines of attack likely to linger as the cycle progresses and are also a reminder of the significant influence super PACs and other outside groups will have on the 2012 election.

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Rick Perry's Two Non-Answers

Rick Perry is bad in debates. Really bad.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today’s e-Reads: Feds Take Down Hacking Ring; Page Makes Mark as Google Chief

A Computerworld examination of the Obama administration’s efforts to get more companies to hire veterans found that many of the men and women who have served in the military have key skills tech firms are seeking.

U.S. officials have taken down a hacker network that controlled 4 million computers and stole $14 million, ABC News reports. 

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Rick Perry's 'Amazing' Debate Meltdown; Plus: Italy Needs Herman Cain -- VIDEO

Another Republican debate? "Those things will put you to sleep faster than Conrad Murray," David Letterman joked on Wednesday.

One moment from last night's debate caught Jimmy Kimmel's attention. "Rick Perry had an amazing meltdown," he said. "If I were Mitt Romney, I wouldn't even show up to these debates any more. I would just go to Hawaii and wait it out until the election, drink some caffeine-free diet Coke, sit there and watch Rick Perry and Herman Cain self destruct."

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Debate Remainders: Autos and Audiences

First, the autos.
A supporting role in last night's Republican primary debate was played by the host state of Michigan, home to the American auto industry.
This state is personal for frontrunner Mitt Romney. He was born there. His father served as governor. He launched his last presidential campaign from the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Dearborn, wrapping himself in the Americana that the auto industry represents.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Romney: I Won’t Let Iran Get the Nukes

In an op-ed in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for being too soft on Iran. Romney was responding to an International Atomic Energy Agency report released earlier this week that confirms Iran as a nuclear threat.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: The Sound of Silence

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Perry's "oops" moment will dominate the news cycle today, Hirshberg won't run for governor of New Hampshire, Democrats land a candidate to take on Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., and Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., says he was a "bit too passionate." Here's today's rundown:

10) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spent a whopping $10 million on his reelection bid, including about $3 million for advertising.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Poll: Obama Turns It Around Against Generic Republican

President Obama is statistically tied with the Republican candidate next November, according to a new Gallup poll of registered voters released early Thursday, a significant improvement over previous Gallup surveys this fall.

Obama leads, 48 percent to 45 percent, with 2 percent saying they are likely to vote for another candidate, and 5 percent of voters undecided.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Perry: 'I Stepped In It'

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.—Texas Gov. Rick Perry just wants everyone to know he’s human.

After an embarrassing gaffe at Wednesday night’s debate in Rochester, Mich., in which Perry couldn’t name a third federal agency he would eliminate—it was the Energy Department, by the way—the governor launched a full offensive to control the damage.

In appearances on all five morning shows, Perry tried to shift the conversation back to his flat-tax plan, arguing that Americans are truly interested in a plan to boost jobs rather than the “slickest politician.”

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am