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Contrasting Strategies in Texas Senate Race

Think of today as a microcosm of the Texas Senate race.

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, whose frontrunner status can be credited to his high name ID, wealth and strong fundraising , flexed each of those muscles today by releasing his first television ad of the race, a six figure cable buy that includes no mention of his opponents.

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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 3:40pm

CNN Poll: Gingrich Surges to Tie Romney; Cain Slides

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sit atop the GOP presidential field, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday that also shows businessman Herman Cain's support beginning to fade.

Romney leads Gingrich in the poll, 24 percent to 22 percent, a significant surge for Gingrich, who was at just 8 percent a month ago. Romney, meanwhile, has slid two points, down from 26 percent in mid-October.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Shoppers Go Online, and Inside Google's Secret Lab

Online shopping may grow as much as 15 percent this holiday season, Forbes reports.

The New York Times describes Google X, a semisecret office at Google where staffers dream up ideas such as a dinner plate that posts to a social network what you’re eating or a robot that goes to the office for you.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

McCain: 'Waterboarding Is Torture'

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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE: McCain to GOP: ‘Waterboarding Is Torture’

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential standard-bearer, has taken pains to avoid weighing in on the 2012 GOP primary. But on Sunday, McCain said he was "very disappointed" that some Republicans defended waterboarding at Saturday’s National Journal/CBS debate in South Carolina.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

Frontrunners In Iowa Defying The Odds

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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

New Space-Station Crew Members Launch From Kazakhstan -- VIDEO

The International Space Station will get three new crew members on Tuesday as the Soyuz TMA-22 is expected to dock at 11:33 p.m. EST. The spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:14 p.m. EST on Sunday. Watch footage of the launch:

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

New Iowa Poll: The Gingrich Surge

Updated with full results, after the jump

For months, Iowa Republicans faced with a plethora of choices couldn't make up their minds. Now, it looks like the first caucus state is headed toward a decidedly split decision.

A new survey, conducted by the Republican firm the polling company, shows five candidates in double digits, with no one really running away from the pack. Businessman Herman Cain leads with 20 percent, statistically tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at 19 percent.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Supreme Court to Take Health Care Case

The Supreme Court said on Monday it would consider several challenges to last year's health care reform law, setting up a major ruling on the Obama administration's signature legislative achievement just months before the 2012 election.

The case is likely to be heard in March, making a final decision likely by the end of the court’s term in June.

The justices asked lawyers to answer four legal questions about the law in their briefs, signaling that they will rule on each.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Saturday Night Live Spoofs Perry's Debate Gaffe -- VIDEO

Rick Perry's "oops" debate moment and Herman Cain's changing stories about his sexual harassment allegations were satirized on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The faux Perry asked Mitt Romney during the sketch, "I'm not going to be president, am I?" Watch to see how "Romney" reacts:

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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:40am