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Insiders: State Department Ill-Equipped to Lead Iraq Transition

Eighty percent of National Journal’s National Security Insiders said the State Department would not be ready to assume control of the mission in Iraq with only a small number of U.S. troops remaining in the country. Separately, the pool of national security and foreign policy experts were split down the middle over whether the Obama administration took sufficient action against Iran for its alleged role in a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and bomb embassies in Washington.

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:40am

Texas Governor Argues for Replacing Current Tax Code with Flat 20 Percent Rate

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry unveiled a sweeping economic agenda Monday, highlighted by a plan to level a voluntary 20 percent "flat tax" on all taxpayers who will accept it in place of what they're paying now.

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:40am

Cain and Romney get quotable

Quote machine Herman Cain and the usually buttoned-down Mitt Romney both came locked and loaded to separate encounters with the press on Tuesday.

Romney, in an interview with Sean Hannity, defended his bona fides as a conservative, taking a slap at some of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in the process. “I may not be as incendiary or outlandish in rhetoric as some have been in the race,” the former Massachusetts governor said, “but I think, in the final analysis, people want someone who is stable, solid.”

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:40am

The Podesta Announcement Email

Center for American Progress president John Podesta announced today that he is stepping down as head of the progressive powerhouse to become chairman of the board and will be succeeded Nov. 1 by Neera Tanden
In an email to staff obtained by the Alley, Podesta explains the move: 

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:40am

Podesta Turns Over Helm of Democratic Think Tank

Veteran Democratic strategist John Podesta is stepping down as president of the liberal think tank that he founded.

The well-connected Podesta, who directed President Obama's White House transition team and served as former President Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff, is turning the helm of the Center for American Progress over to his chief operating officer, Neera Tanden.

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:40am

Deserts, Cities and Seas: The Earth at Night from the International Space Station -- VIDEO

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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

Report: Paul Ryan, Mark Begich Have Best Congressional Sites

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, have the best congressional websites, according to the Congressional Management Foundation, which released its annual awards on Sunday. 

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

Obama's Remarks on the Economy and Housing as Prepared for Delivery in Las Vegas

Below are President Obama's remarks on the economy and housing as prepared for delivery on Monday in Las Vegas:

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

Hassan to Make New Hampshire Gubernatorial bid Official on Tuesday

Former New Hampshire Democratic Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan will make her gubernatorial bid official on Tuesday, a Democratic source familiar with her thinking tells Hotline On Call.

Hassan had previously filed to create an exploratory committee, so her official entrance into the race is not a surprise. She served in the Senate from 2004-2010 and is expected to be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

Will New ACO Regulation Bring In Doctors and Hospitals?

Last week the federal government did its best to reignite enthusiasm around the so-called accountable care organizations, making significant changes that are meant to coax doctors and hospitals to come on board.

Accountable care organizations, or ACOs, are a centerpiece of the 2010 health reform law that aim to get doctors and hospitals to work together to keep patients healthier. The interim rule released in March was panned by doctors and hospitals expected to volunteer for the program.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm