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Troops Using Skype to View the Birth of Their Babies -- VIDEO

With just a computer and an Internet connection, deployed military members are able to connect with their families during one of the most precious moments for a parent.

The 445th Combat Communications Squadron at the Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan is using Skype to enable airmen to watch live video of their children being born. A computer and telephone are placed in a private area, where they can join in the experience from thousands of miles away.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Kevin Smith Running for Governor of New Hampshire

New Hampshire Conservative activist Kevin Smith, the former head of Cornerstone Action, will run for governor in 2012, he confirmed to Hotline On Call on Wednesday, joining 2010 Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne in the Republican race for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Gov. John Lynch.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Bachmann Attacks Gingrich for 'Shilling' for Freddie Mac

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann took aim at primary rival Newt Gingrich on Wednesday, criticizing the former House speaker for “shilling” for Freddie Mac after he left Congress.

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann took aim at primary rival Newt Gingrich on Wednesday, criticizing the former House speaker for “shilling” for Freddie Mac after he left Congress.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:40pm

Gingrich: 'I Have Never Lobbied'

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, surging in recent polls, on Wednesday flatly denied that he ever lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, our colleagues Olga Belogolova and Sarah Huisenga report on NJ's main site.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:40pm

Norah Jones Sings, Boehner Cries at Ceremony Honoring Astronauts -- PICTURES

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Federal Watchdog Targets Online Mortgage Scams

A special federal watchdog said it has shut down 85 alleged online mortgage modification scams found through online ads placed on Google, the Wall Street Journal reported.

CNN examines the fallout from the cyber attack on Facebook that posted pornographic and violent images on users' pages.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:40pm

SEIU Formally Endorses Obama

No surprise here, but the SEIU has endorsed President Obama in the 2012 election. SEIU's announcement today comes earlier in the election cycle than it did in 2008, when it wasn't until February that the union endorsed Obama (which makes sense given how there are no Democratic primaries this time around).

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:40pm

The Biggest 'Oops!' Moments From GOP Candidates—VIDEO

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:40pm

In N.Y., 2010 GOP Field Uninterested in Gillibrand Challenge

Republican candidates that ran for and lost statewide elected office in New York in 2010 are not eager to try their luck again against the only statewide candidate from the Empire State up in 2012: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:40pm

Perry Steals Romney's Anti-Obama Line

One day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Obama of calling Americans "lazy,'' rival Rick Perry stole the line for a new television commercial.

"Can you believe that?'' Perry demands in the spot running on cable and broadcast networks in Iowa. "That's what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic.''

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:40pm