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QUICK TAKE: Senate Oks Bill to Repeal 3 Percent Withholding Tax For Contractors

The Senate voted 95-0 to approve a bill that would repeal a 3 percent withholding tax on government contractors. The bill also included an amendment that provides tax credits for employers that hire unemployed veterans.

A version of the bill already passed the House last month but lawmakers will have to vote again to approve the bill as amended. House members are expected to support the amendment and the legislation could be headed for President Obama’s desk as early as next week.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 5:40pm

Administration's Rerouting Plan Could Kill Keystone Pipeline

The State Department is ordering a new route for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, delaying the administration’s decision until after the 2012 presidential election.

“The Department has determined it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska,” the State Department said in a media note on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 5:40pm

QUICK TAKE: AP: State Department Orders New Route for Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department is ordering a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing two State Department officials who are familiar with the project. The officials spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity. The move could delay the final permit decision on the controversial project until after the 2012 election.

The official announcement is set to come soon, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Thursday. “Stay tuned” he said.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

Perry Makes Republicans Look Bad

I'm impressed with Rick Perry's damage control . He's managed to turn a horrific, campaign-ending gaffe into a hilarious, potentially-campaign-ending gaffe. Well, we of course cannot write off his $15 million kitty yet, and there might be a boomerang effect because of all the free media he's getting. David Letterman's Top Ten List might actually be funny tonight.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

New Business Coalition Working to Block Unlimited Domain Names

Almost 90 companies and industry groups have started a new coalition to block a plan to allow unlimited Internet addresses, my colleague Juliana Gruenwald reports
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit group that manages the Internet's "top level" domain name system, plans to vastly expand the domain name space from the 22 groups of names such as .com now available to Internet users to almost any name such as .bank or .angrybirds.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

Carmona Will Run in Arizona

Updated at 3:00 p.m.

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona will run for the Senate in Arizona, giving Democrats a sought-after recruit who was wooed by President Obama.

Carmona joins former state Democratic Party chairman Don Bivens in the primary for the open seat.

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

‘Government Sachs,’ Italian Style

In every European crisis, through war and peace, Americans typically start out thinking it’s “over there” until they get dragged in. It happened in the two world wars of the 20th century, and it’s happening now with the eurozone crisis as the bond markets shift their punishing ways from Greece to a bigger quarry, Italy, forcing the imminent resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

Mayors Ask Obama to Protect Park Funds

Mayors from across the country -- including those from New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago -- wrote a letter to President Obama this week asking him to protect federal funding for parks, arguing that investing in open spaces creates jobs and boosts local economies.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

'Oops'—Worst Self-Inflicted Wound in Debate History?

It is risky to ever state something has never before happened in American politics. But by declaring “Oops” and mangling his own platform in Wednesday night’s GOP candidate debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled off the unimaginable: the worst stumble in the 51-year history of televised presidential debates.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Bernanke Says Proposals to Eliminate Fed Not Realistic

GOP candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s proposal to abolish the Fed is “not… very realistic,” Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said at a town hall meeting at Fort Bliss, outside of El Paso, Texas.

The comment was a response to a question from a soldier, who asked the Fed chair to describe what the world would look like without a U.S. Federal Reserve. The central bank has been criticized by Paul and other Republican presidential hopefuls.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm