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Crushing Greek Democracy, Crushing Ours

Ode on a Grecian Yearn.

The world's democracies gathered to stop the citizens of world's oldest democracy from voting.

After lots of pressure, Greece has canceled its referendum on bail-out-austerity measures because the leaders in Paris, Berlin, Washington and everywhere else in the less-indebted world thought the Greeks might actually vote down slashing their own budgets to pay off bond holders.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:40pm

DCCC Chair: All Politics Is Local

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel's advice for the party's recruits next year: "Run like mayors."

House Democratic leaders have put renewed emphasis on recruiting nontraditional candidates, like doctors, police chiefs and military veterans. They've avoided going after candidates who've spent most of their career in politics.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:40pm

In New Book, Giffords Vows Return to Congress

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., vows that she'll return to Congress in an upcoming book.

The book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, is written by Giffords's husband, Mark Kelly, and details the congresswoman's recovery in the aftermath the Jan. 8 shooting attack in Tucson, Ariz., that left her wounded and killed six others. The Associated Press obtained an advance copy of the book, set to be released on Nov. 15.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 12:40pm

Bennett: Expects Restaurant Association Decision This Afternoon

Joel Bennett, the lawyer for one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association said he expects the association to respond this afternoon to the woman's request to release a public statement telling her side of the story, he told National Journal in a phone interview.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 12:40pm

DCCC Chair Calls For Impeachment of Arizona Governor

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel told reporters Friday that Arizona voters should consider impeaching Gov. Jan Brewer after she engineered the impeachment of the state's independent redistricting commission chairman.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 12:40pm

Scorpions For Breakfast: Flipping Through Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Book

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer explains her long fight over Arizona's controversial immigration law in her new memoir, "Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border," which was released on Tuesday. Coming in at 228 pages, the book is hardly longer than its title, but in that space Brewer takes on the Obama administration and the mainstream media, describes her reaction to the horrific shooting in Tucson on January 8, in which her friend, Democratic Rep.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 12:40pm

Iowa Republicans Uninterested in Cain Controversy

ADEL, Iowa – Mike Baker was more interested in getting seconds of homemade chili than he was in talking about the sexual harassment scandal hovering over Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

“Inappropriate behavior could be anything," said the 52-year-old machine operator, among dozens of voters at a local Republican Party gathering Thursday night at the county fairgrounds. “It was years ago. I know I’m a different man than I was years ago."

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 12:40pm

Obama at G20: Europe Has the Capacity to Meet Its Challenges

Briefing American reporters at the Group of 20 Summit in Cannes, France, on Friday, President Obama restated his confidence in the European Union to work out its economic crisis.

Obama said the threat of a Greek referendum on the EU’s proposed bailout package earlier this week “got a lot of people nervous” but the plan European leaders presented is “still the best recipe.” Part of that plan includes the eurozone’s commitment to stand behind the euro as its uniting currency, which Obama said will help calm skittish markets in the short term.  

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 11:40am

This Week in Political Trivia

How well do you know the facts and faces behind this week's political news? Find out with our weekly trivia quiz, powered by the Almanac of American Politics!

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Quote of the Day

Too good not to share:

"He said, 'Ask not what your government can do, ask what you can do for your country.' I hope I got that right. I think I got that right"

-- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), on John F. Kennedy, Des Moines Register, 11/3
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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 11:40am