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Retired Republicans Quietly Try to Shift GOP Climate-Change Focus

To hear GOP presidential front-runner Rick Perry and some tea party-backed lawmakers tell it, the Republican position on global warming is that it’s a problem that doesn’t even exist.

That wasn’t always the case. And if prominent Republican elder statesmen have their way, it won’t continue to be.

And they did so as leaders of their party: while running for president, chairing Senate committees, and working within the congressional leadership.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Washington Week Round Table: Awlaki Killed

Airstrikes killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born al-Qaida leader in Yemen. At home, dissatisfied GOP voters want Gov. Chris Christie to join the presidential race. Also, President Obama feuds with his base. Plus, a stopgap bill temporarily prevents a government shutdown. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Sam Youngman, The Hill; Major Garrett, National Journal; Pierre Thomas, ABC News.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10:40am

Senior Haqqani Leader Captured in Afghanistan

NATO has captured a senior leader Haqqani terror network in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.

Haji Mali Khan was captured on Tuesday in the Jani Khel district of Paktia province. It was the most significant capture of a Haqqani leader, according to the AP.

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Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Secret DOJ Memo Authorized Awlaki's Killing

The Justice Department wrote a secret memo that authorized Friday's killing of al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki, The Washington Post reported.

Because al-Awlaki is an American citizen, some legal questions were raised over whether the government was authorized to conduct the drone strike that killed him. The DOJ memo could help clear up some of those legal issues.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Bachmann Uses iPhone to Make Final Quarter-Ending Fundraising Plea

As Friday’s midnight deadline loomed for filing third-quarter presidential campaign finance reports, Rep. Michele Bachmann made one final pitch to supporters asking for money using an unusual source -- her iPhone.

The Minnesota Republican’s iPhone message repeated an earlier email from Bachmann reminding voters that the deadline “is one of the last ones before voting starts in Iowa, and every donation matters. The Washington `elite’ are chomping at the bit to see the numbers our campaign reports, and I need your support today more than ever.”

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 8:40am

Herman Cain Jokes With Jay Leno

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued his media tour with a stop on Friday's edition of NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Leno joked with Cain about his pizza background that "nobody is going to starve to death" under a Cain White House. Cain responded," They won't starve to death because I'm going to make sure they get a job."

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 8:40am

Herman Cain Jokes With Jay Leno

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued his media tour with a stop on Friday's edition of NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Leno joked with Cain about his pizza background that "nobody is going to starve to death" under a Cain White House. Cain responded," They won't starve to death because I'm going to make sure they get a job."

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 10:40pm

Where Republican Candidates Stand on Illegal Immigration -- PICTURES

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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:40pm

Perry: Terrorist's Killing Shows Keeping Guantánamo Open Is Useful

Texas Gov. Rick Perry praised President Obama on Friday for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born radical cleric suspected as a terrorist. But Perry also said the incident highlights the need to keep open Cuba's Guantánamo Bay terrorist detainee facility, which many Democrats want to close.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:40pm

Is Romney's Immigration Stance 'Old News' or a Potential Vulnerability?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney—whose attacks on rival Rick Perry for backing college tuition breaks for children of illegal immigrants have hit a nerve with conservatives—has tripped over the immigration issue himself.

While consistently decrying "amnesty,'' Romney made statements before his 2008 campaign in which he seemed favorably inclined toward legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to eventually earn citizenship.

Why hasn't Perry fired back?

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm