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Pointing Fingers: Who's Blaming Who in the Super Committee?

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Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Statement from Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

Below is a statement from the Cochairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:

Today, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Representative Jeb Hensarling and Senator Patty Murray, released the following statement.

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Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Super-Committee Failure Forecasts Sequester Fight

The super committee’s failure to come up with $1.2 trillion in deficit-reduction measures has paved the way for an election-year battle by Republicans to rewrite the sequester rules and protect defense spending in the face of a White House veto threat.

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., a vocal opponent to the sequester from the onset, said on Monday that he will introduce legislation in the coming days to prevent the cuts from taking effect in their current form.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Super Committee Fails to Reach Deficit Agreement

The bipartisan congressional committee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction announced on Monday it cannot reach agreement by the Wednesday deadline, a stark if not unexpected admission that its efforts have ended in failure.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Bing, Yahoo Agree to Remove Mortgage Ads

Federal regulators shut down mortgage-modification scams running as ads on Yahoo and Bing, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said on Monday.

Similar ads on Google were shut down last week. The ads falsely promised to lower homeowners’ mortgages in exchange for a fee, often even diverting mortgage payments to the fraudulent websites, according to officials.

Investigators notified Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft, which owns Bing and powers Yahoo’s ads, of a list of 125 suspected websites, including some that used government logos.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Cain Campaign Becoming One Long Awkward Moment

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Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Aides: Kerry Proposal on Table; Failure Announcement Still Expected

What Democrats called a “last-ditch” super-committee offer made by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, remained on the table Monday afternoon, but committee aides in both parties still expect the panel to declare failure within hours.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Poll: Gingrich Has Slight Lead Over Romney

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a slight lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a new CNN/ORC International poll released late Monday, as Republicans begin to see Gingrich as the candidate with whom they most agree and the most qualified to be commander-in-chief. Romney continues to be seen by a wide plurality of Republicans as the candidate with the best chance of beating President Obama in the general election.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Civil Rights Leader Eyes Arizona Senate Race

There are already two candidates in the Democratic primary for retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's, R-Ariz., seat -- former Arizona Democratic Party chair Don Bivens and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona -- and a third may soon jump in as well. Rev. Warren Stewart Sr., a civil rights leader in the state, has formed an exploratory committee for a potential Senate run. The Arizona Republic:

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

AIDS Death Rates Slowing, UN Agency Reports

Efforts to fight the AIDS pandemic are starting to make a real difference and a slight tweak to the approach could slice the rate of new infections, the United Nations' AIDS agency said on Monday.

The rate of new infections has tumbled 15 percent since 2001, and 2.5 million lives have been saved in low and middle-income countries thanks to the introduction of AIDS drugs and changes in behavior, UNAIDS said in its annual report on the often deadly and incurable virus.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:40pm