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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

Two 'Rule-of-Law' Republicans Dissent on Torture and Assassinations

In Saturday's debate, the starkest divide among the GOP candidates concerned their willingness to adhere to the law while waging the so-called war on terrorism. Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul affirmed that they would do so. Every other candidate embraced unlawful positions that would've been unthinkable before 2001. The most important: the use of torture and presidential orders to assassinate American citizens.

TORTURE

Jon Huntsman made the most eloquent case against waterboarding.

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

Upstart Firm Lands Establishment Hire

The upstart public affairs firm founded last year by Gloria Dittus, Amos Snead and Loran Aiken has landed its biggest hire to date: Debra Cabral, the No. 2 in Porter Novelli's Washington office.

Cabral, who will be Story Partners' chief executive, is enjoying a reunion of sorts. She began working with Dittus in the mid-1990s, helping to build Dittus Communications. The two worked together for over a decade.

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

New Poll: Charges Hurting Cain with GOP Voters

Although businessman Herman Cain remains a top tier Republican candidate for president, a new Politico/George Washington University poll reveals that the multiple sexual harassment claims against him are taking a toll, especially among women.

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

The New Normal for College Students

The typical college student is not the frat boy at Ohio State or the philosophy major at Bard College. According to new research from Complete College America, the typical college student is attending school part time and probably has a family and at least one job. Seventy-five percent of students are college commuters. If they are attending college part time, they are far less likely to graduate, rendering useless much of the effort that got them to school in the first place.

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

Transit Riders as Taxpayers

The Amalgamated Transit Union represents about 190,000 transit operators, most of them bus drivers. The union's members depend on a robust bus and transit system to keep their organization alive. But, as international president Larry Hanley will tell you, those transit systems also are essential to plenty of city dwellers, particularly those with lower incomes. Anyone who lives in a cheap suburb without a car probably depends on a government-funded bus service to get to work.

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

QUICK TAKE: Senate Staffers Look Into Law-School Statistics -- WSJ

The Senate may be gearing up for hearings on law-school employment statistics and student debt, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Senate Commerce Committee “is a leading candidate to hold the hearings,” the Journal reported.

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