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Ron Paul Feels Like A Canary In A Coal Mine

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas., said Thursday that there's a reason why his presidential campaign lacks media attention: he's speaking truth to power.

“I think I'm attacking the status quo like never before,” Paul said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.' “They're not going to give me a boost because I'm challenging the whole banking system, the military industrial complex, the welfare state, our foreign policy.”

“I think there's a lot more support out there for what I'm talking about than they realize,” Paul said.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:40am

Poll: Majority Back Obama's Decision to Withdraw Troops from Iraq

Three out of four Americans support President Obama's announcement to withdraw virtually all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, according to a new Gallup poll.

Three out of four Americans support President Obama's announcement to withdraw virtually all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, according to a new Gallup poll.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:40am

Report: U.S. Discussing Shift to Advisory Role in Afghanistan

The Obama administration is discussing an accelerated plan to shift the U.S. military into an advisory role in Afghanistan and begin to scale back U.S. combat duties as soon as next year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Republicans Already Hitting Heitkamp

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cain accuses a Perry consultant of leaking the story about sexual harassment allegations against him, North Dakota Republicans take a preemptive swipe at Heidi Heitkamp, voters are pessimistic about the supercommittee's ability to get things done and Jeff Greene -- yes, that Jeff Greene -- take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to declare he's part of the 99%. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am

Mitt Romney's 'Ever-Evolving Ideology'

Mitt Romney's team will dismiss it as old news, but this Washington Post story on the former Massachusetts governor's "ever-evolving ideology" is a must-read because it underlines his greatest weakness as a presidential candidate.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am

Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

A sign that the Occupy Wall Street movement isn't the best long-term vehicle for Democrats to connect themselves with: A new Quinnipiac poll, showing a plurality of voters viewing the group unfavorably.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am

Lawyer: Woman Who Accused Cain of Harassment Won't Speak

The attorney for a woman who made sexual harassment accusations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he is negotiating to release a statement detailing her version of the case, but added that she has decided not to discuss the incident herself.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am

Bernanke Ready to Open Lending if He Must

Ben Bernanke doesn’t want to rescue the United States from an escalating European financial crisis, but he says he’ll try. That makes the Federal Reserve Board chairman a rare—and possibly unique—policymaker on either side of the Atlantic: one with both the means and the will to beat back the flames of Athens now threatening to burn the global economy back to recession.

In other words, the Fed’s “lender-of-last-resort” power could be America’s best hope for avoiding a double-dip.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am

The Republicans’ Senate Advantage

The political environment in 2006 was almost uniquely well-suited for the Democrats who kicked out incumbent Republicans from the Senate. Now, as they prepare reelection bids at a time when everyone in Washington is more unpopular than ever, those same Democrats are on the front line of the difficult battle to retain a slim majority.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am

Panel Considers Bill to Shrink Federal Workforce Through Attrition

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday plans to mark up a bill (H.R. 3029) that aims to reduce the federal workforce through attrition by 10 percent by 2015.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., the bill's sponsor, estimates the legislation will save $139 billion over the next decade. The measure calls for hiring one federal employee to replace every three workers who retire or leave their job.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40am