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Kinder Won't Run for Governor, Backs Spence

Updated at 4:06 p.m.

Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced on Friday afternoon that he will not run for governor, citing conversations with Republican Dave Spence, whom he is endorsing in the race.

Spence, a political newcomer with the ability to self-fund, confirmed just this week that he is running.

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 5:40pm

Feds Investigate Possible Cyberattack On Water System

Federal investigators are looking into reports that a hackers may have caused a water pump in Illinois to burn out last week, according to a Homeland Security official.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 5:40pm

Where Is Congress With Appropriations?

With Congress having passed the this fiscal year's first "minibus" appropriations bill, which combines a few of the bills into one, Congress is making progress toward funding the government for fiscal year 2012. How much more work do they have? 

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 5:40pm

Religious Groups Host Prayer Rally to Save Social Programs

Might as well start praying, right?

Fearing that the Super Committee will cut programs that benefit the poor, religious groups are looking to a higher power.

About 1,000 Christians, Jews and Muslims are expected to be in Lafayette Park on Sunday at 3 p.m. for a rally where they will pray for the Super Committee to save funding for those domestic and international poverty programs. There will also be prayer rallies outside the district offices of Super Committee members around the country.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 5:40pm

Among Congressional Insiders, Pessimism Grows on Prospects for Super Committee

With the super committee's Nov. 23rd deadline looming, Republican Congressional Insiders' optimism about the committee's potential for success has begun to wane, while Democrats are largely maintaining their already gloomy outlook. According to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll, the percentage of Republican members of Congress surveyed who said success was "somewhat" or "very" unlikely has nearly doubled since early October.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Panetta Impresses on Both Sides of the Aisle

Democrats and Republicans in Congress don't see eye-to-eye on much these days, but the members surveyed for this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll agree on this -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's tenure is off to a strong start.

 

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Blue Skies for Everyone

Patches of blue sky are breaking out for President Obama in the true blue states.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Balanced-Budget Amendment Fails in House

The GOP-controlled House failed by 23 votes on Friday to muster the required two-thirds majority to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, a legislative exercise agreed upon by both parties this summer in the deal that raised the nation’s debt ceiling and created the deficit super committee.

Bipartisan support for the amendment was verified in the 261 to 165 tally.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

What Do Space-Station Astronauts Eat for Thanksgiving Dinner? -- VIDEO

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Facebook 'Likes' Congress

Members of Congress, staffers, and Facebook developers will convene for the first-ever Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon next month to examine ways social media can interact with legislative data and communication with constituents.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:40pm