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Today's e-Reads: Verizon Wants More Spectrum; Google About to Acquire Admeld

Verizon's $3.6 billion bid for cable spectrum puts more pressure on AT&T to close its T-Mobile deal, The Wall Street Journal says. 

Google is ready to close its bid to buy online display-ad company Admeld after receiving government approval, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

A Sign Of The Non-Organized Times

A smart Republican operative in Iowa, unaligned with any campaign, brings up an interesting way to characterize the lack of organization Newt Gingrich has established in the Hawkeye State: Gingrich, like other candidates without traditional constituencies in Iowa, has largely eschewed the traditional town hall format for his events.

That's because he doesn't have the on-the-ground organization required to actually build a crowd.

All four events had built-in crowds generated not by Gingrich's campaign, but by the outside groups themselves.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

Perry Airs Ad in Appeal to Iowa Evangelical Voters

In an overt move to drum up favor with evangelical voters in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry released an ad in the state today talking about the role that faith plays in his life.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

Iowa Evangelicals Considering Political Redemption for Gingrich

DES MOINES, Iowa--Newt Gingrich’s tumultuous personal history--two divorces and a tabloid full of sordid details surrounding the circumstances of those breakups--has for years made him a controversial figure among evangelical voters. But that important segment of the Republican coalition, courted aggressively by Gingrich for more than a year, might be warming to the former House speaker as his presidential campaign surges in the polls. Their support is critical in a first test of his electoral appeal in Iowa’s GOP caucus next month.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

Herbert's GOP Challengers Stake Out Early Ground on the Right

The race to the right is on in Utah, where GOP Gov. Gary Herbert, who has angered many conservatives, finds himself running against two other Republicans -- both of whom are making early moves to position themselves as figures who will stand up to the federal government. Morgan Philpot, the 2010 Republican challenger to Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, in particular, is using some pretty strong language.

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

PICTURES: Photo of the Day

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

The Dark Days of the 112th Congress -- PICTURES

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

RILA Continues Push Against NLRB

After the House passed legislation Wednesday striking down two National Labor Relations Board decisions, bill supporters jumped to push the Senate to follow suit.

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

Other Websites That Ran That 'Women for Cain' Stock Photo

Friday morning, Herman Cain's campaign launched a new website called "Women for Cain," on which women can submit stories of their support for the embattled Republican presidential candidate. This is the leader image for the site.

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

What Do Voters Prefer: Hubris or Humility?

Newt Gingrich has a lot of problems, but a healthy ego isn't one of them. "I'm going to be the nominee," the former House Speaker told ABC News. "It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are statements about polls are not going to win elections."

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