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Will Gary Johnson Seek the Libertarian Party's Nomination?

Going into his presidential run, Gary Johnson knew that he lacked name recognition outside New Mexico, where he spent eight years as governor, and that he wouldn't be able to raise as much money as most of his competitors in the Republican primary. But he figured that if he performed well in televised debates, focused his limited resources on New Hampshire, and made his pitch to voters, he just might win over enough people to give him a fighting chance.  

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Aims to Spur Industry-Government Sharing

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide a channel for the government to share classified intelligence with the private sector to protect against cyberattacks.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Romney Buying New Hampshire Ads

Corrected: This post has been updated to reflect the size of Romney's initial ad buy on WMUR last week.

Mitt Romney's campaign is preparing to launch its second major advertising flight in New Hampshire, six weeks before the state's first-in-the-nation primary.

Romney launched a $134,000 buy last week taking President Obama to task just as Obama traveled to the Granite State. A significant buy in the state is $100,000 to $150,000, including cable and other outlets, so $85,000 on a single station is going to be noticed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bonus Quotes of the Day

Every now and then, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches. As we considered today's Hotline Quote of the Day, there were just too many good choices. Here are some of the best runners-up from today:

"There's not another candidate who has more gratuitously promoted the state of New Hampshire. I've gone on all the talk shows. I've gone on Saturday Night Live for heaven's sake."

"We've got real issues to talk about not the latest bimbo eruption."

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Central Banks Swing Into Action; Encouraging, Terrifying

Central bankers around the world are very, very worried about Europe, and they’re starting to do something about it. This is equal parts terrifying and encouraging.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:40pm

Playing the Fundraising Expectations Game in Michigan

Updated at 10:24 a.m.
When former Rep. Pete Hoekstra's, R-Mich., third quarter fundraising numbers came in, I wrote about how the Hoekstra campaign effectively navigated the expectations game leading up to the release of his impressive seven-figure sum. His campaign is at it again, releasing a strategy memo on Tuesday reaffirming a $500,000 fundraising goal for the upcoming quarter, a lowball figure that is likely to be easily surpassed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 11:40am

Herman Cain's Latest Bombshell? At Least It Was Consensual -- VIDEO

Stephen Colbert on Tuesday looked at the upside of another woman accusing Herman Cain of infidelity.

"This new woman says the affair was consensual. I'd say things are looking up," Colbert joked. Compared to other accusers who said he harassed them, "these new allegations sound like Leave It To ... let's not say beaver."

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 11:40am

Fed Acts to Boost Global Money Supply

The Federal Reserve and five foreign central banks moved Wednesday morning to inject liquidity into the global financial system, responding to mounting fears over the spreading effects of Europe's sovereign debt woes - and provoking flashbacks to the 2008 financial crisis.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 11:40am

Gingrich Surging Among California Republicans

Newt Gingrich's surge in the GOP presidential primary extends to the delegate-rich, but late in the calendar, state of California, according to a new Field Poll released early Wednesday. The poll shows the former House speaker in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney for the top spot among Golden State Republicans, typically a more moderate breed.

Romney leads the GOP field with 26 percent, according to the poll, followed closely by Gingrich, with 23 percent. That is well within the poll's margin of error of +/- 5.7 percent.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Fed Acts to Boost Global Money Supply

The Federal Reserve and five foreign central banks moved Wednesday morning to inject liquidity into the global financial system, responding to mounting fears over the spreading effects of Europe's sovereign debt woes - and provoking flashbacks to the 2008 financial crisis.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am