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Super Committee Hears From Previous Deficit Panel Chairs

Amid reports of deadlock and just a week after the group’s Democrats and Republicans released competing plans, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction convened for its fourth public policy hearing on Tuesday afternoon. On the docket: testimony from leaders of past deficit-reduction groups, including former Congressional Budget Office Director Alice Rivlin and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo.

(RELATED: Republicans May Concede on Tax Loopholes)

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 1:40pm

Obama Orders Fort Monroe Preservation as a Way to Create Jobs

President Obama on Tuesday announced that he is using his executive authority to designate Virginia’s shuttered Fort Monroe as a national monument -- a move that the White House framed as a way to not only preserve a historic site, but create jobs as well.

The White House said preserving the site, which became an army outpost in 1819 and closed in September, could ultimately lead to thousands of new jobs in Virginia, an important swing state where Obama has made frequent appearances to push his jobs plan.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 1:40pm

Strategists Disagree on Which Swing States Will Be Most Important in 2012

Which swing state will have the biggest impact on next year’s presidential election: Colorado, Virginia, or Ohio?

According to a trio of strategists gathered at the National Journal Election Preview event on Tuesday, it could be any of the three.

“It’s still the quintessential swing state,” said Ayres, who is working with GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Clinton, Thomas, Packwood, Weiner--Cain?

I have no idea if the allegations that Herman Cain was untoward with female colleagues at a Washington trade association have merit.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Should the Federal Government Regulate Sugary Drinks?

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale released a report Monday showing children and teenagers remain a big target for soft drink ads. Researchers at the center say their findings show the federal government should do more to regulate the marketing of soda and other unhealthy foods.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Cain Blames Faulty Memory for Shifting Accounts

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Tuesday blamed his changing accounts of sexual harassment allegations on a faulty memory.

“Remember, this was 12 years ago and I was trying to recollect this in the middle of an already busy day,” Cain said in an interview on CNN’s Headline News. “I just started to remember more. In 12 years, a lot of stuff can go through your head. This is not something that was at the top of mine.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Former Obama Aide Says Media Is Failing to Vet the GOP Field

Democrats have no shortage of explanations for President Obama's shaky political standing and self-described "underdog" status, ranging from the economy to historical trends to the hangover from his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Add this: a lazy political press corps.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:40am

Titus Passes On Rematch Against Heck

Former Nevada Democratic Rep. Dina Titus announced today that she'll be running for Congress again but passing up an opportunity to seek a rematch against Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:40am

U.S. Soldier Admits He Removed Fingers From Afghan Corpses

The suspected ringleader of a group of American soldiers accused of killing civilians in Afghanistan and snapping pictures of themselves with the corpses admits to taking fingers from the bodies as war trophies, his attorney told a courtroom on Monday.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:40am

Santorum Aide Calls on Cain to Clear the Air About Harassment Allegations

A senior adviser to one of Herman Cain's Republican presidential rivals on Tuesday urged the GOP front-runner's campaign to be more forthcoming about answering charges of sexual harassment, arguing that it's the responsibility of a candidate who is leading the GOP field to clear the air about his record.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:40am