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Officials Prepare For First National Emergency Alert Test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission are preparing for the first nationwide test of the emergency alert system

The familiar alert is often tested at local levels, but it has never been tested across the entire nation at once. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The test will send an approximately 30-second signal on all broadcast radio and television stations, cable television systems, satellite radio and television systems, and wireline video service systems.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 2:40pm

Romney, Gingrich Stealing Prominent Texan Supporters From Perry

Texans have elected Rick Perry as governor three times — with almost 55 percent of the vote in 2010 — but that does not mean Texas’s Republican establishment is falling in line to help elect him president.

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

QUICK TAKE: Iraqi Prime Minister Scheduled to Visit White House

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will visit the White House on Dec. 12 to discuss the ongoing partnership between the U.S. and Iraq as American troops withdraw from the region. The White House said al-Maliki would be visiting at some point in December when President Obama announced the withdrawal last month.

The strategy going forward, according to the president’s national security advisers, is to keep only private contractors and Marines guarding embassies, working with the Iraqi forces in Iraq after the New Year.  

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

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