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Chu, Obama and their Secret Handshakes

How does a Nobel Prize winning President interact with a Nobel Prize winning Energy Secretary?

“That’s a secret handshake,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu quipped at a Washington Post Live energy conference on Thursday.

In October 2009, Obama himself was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:40pm

Cain and the Case of the Misplaced Ws

One of the first things newcomers to my insufficiently esteemed craft learn is how to determine what to emphasize among the five Ws -- plus the H -- that make up the fundamentals of any news story.

They are not all equal.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:40pm

Occupy Wall Street Poses Dilemma for Senate Dems

Democratic Senate candidates should embrace the issues spurring the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's executive director said on Thursday.

"This frustration exists far beyond just the folks that come out into Freedom Plaza for the Occupy Wall Street movement," said DSCC executive director Guy Cecil at a meeting with reporters at the centrist think tank Third Way. "So I do think that our candidates will talk about the income disparity, talk about the level playing field."

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:40pm

Workers, Students Join Occupy Rally in Oakland

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:40pm

House Republicans Vote to Subpoena White House Over Solyndra

Without any Democratic support, House Republicans on Thursday voted to subpoena the Obama administration over all West Wing communications related to the federally-backed, now-bankrupt solar-energy company Solyndra dating back to President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:40pm

Iowa Pollster Unsure of Cain's Trajectory

In the roller coaster ride that is Herman Cain's presidential campaign, he emerged at the top of the well-regarded Iowa survey conducted by pollster Ann Selzer for The Des Moines Register -- only to crash into allegations of sexual harassment one day later.

While some Republican strategists are anticipating the bursting of the Cain bubble, Selzer said she can't predict how the unfolding scandal will affect his popularity. "We don't have any idea,'' she said.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:40am

Glaxo Agrees to Pay $3 Billion in Avandia Case

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday that it would pay $3 billion to the U.S. government to settle charges it improperly marketed the diabetes drug Avandia and other products.

The case is not completely settled, but the agreement brings the British drug company and the U.S. government closer to resolving the issue.

"We reiterate our full commitment to ensuring appropriate promotion of our medicines to health care professionals and to the standards rightly expected by the U.S. government.”

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:40am

House Republicans Vote to Subpoena White House Over Solyndra

Solyndra has become a sideshow to political bickering over documents about Solyndra.

Without any Democratic support, House Republicans on Thursday voted to subpoena the Obama administration over all West Wing communications related to the federally-backed, now-bankrupt solar-energy company dating back to President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.

“I will say it again: I wish it had not come to this,” Upton said.

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:40am

Cain Talks with Clarence Thomas' Wife

The allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior against Herman Cain have drawn comparisons to similar charges leveled against another prominent African-American conservative – then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas – two decades ago.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:40am

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Looking for Conservative Support

Ahead of today's Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the group Freedom to Marry has been holding closed-door "salons" over the past few weeks, trying to build a broad coalition in support of same-sex marriage.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:40am