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Mayors Ask Obama to Protect Park Funds

Mayors from across the country -- including those from New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago -- wrote a letter to President Obama this week asking him to protect federal funding for parks, arguing that investing in open spaces creates jobs and boosts local economies.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

'Oops'—Worst Self-Inflicted Wound in Debate History?

It is risky to ever state something has never before happened in American politics. But by declaring “Oops” and mangling his own platform in Wednesday night’s GOP candidate debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled off the unimaginable: the worst stumble in the 51-year history of televised presidential debates.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Bernanke Says Proposals to Eliminate Fed Not Realistic

GOP candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s proposal to abolish the Fed is “not… very realistic,” Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said at a town hall meeting at Fort Bliss, outside of El Paso, Texas.

The comment was a response to a question from a soldier, who asked the Fed chair to describe what the world would look like without a U.S. Federal Reserve. The central bank has been criticized by Paul and other Republican presidential hopefuls.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm

'Oops'—Worst Self-Inflicted Wound in Debate History?

It is risky to ever state something has never before happened in American politics. But by declaring “Oops” and mangling his own platform in Wednesday night’s GOP candidate debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled off the unimaginable: the worst stumble in the 51-year history of televised presidential debates.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm

Coburn: Computerized Patient Records Will Bring on Hackers

A powerful Republican senator and practicing pyhsician is warning that the nation's transition to electronic patient records will lure cyberintruders and should be reconsidered.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm

Agriculture Secretary Previews New Reforms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce a batch of regulatory reforms on Thursday designed to deliver services to farmers and ranchers "in a streamlined way" without sacrificing quality.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce a batch of regulatory reforms on Thursday designed to deliver services to farmers and ranchers "in a streamlined way" without sacrificing quality.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm

Thompson Moves Right on Stem Cells

A couple of paces to the right by former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, on an issue that still resonates with some conservatives. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:40pm

Senate Blocks Resolution to Overturn Net-Neutrality Rules

The Senate voted, 46-52, against moving forward with a resolution that would overturn federal regulations that govern anticompetitive behavior online.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, led the Senate effort to block the Federal Communications Commission’s network-neutrality rules, which regulate the way Internet companies provide access to the Web.

“It’s time to push back” against federal agencies that are overreaching their authority and enacting burdensome regulations, she argued before the Senate voted on a motion to proceed.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:40pm

Personhood Amendments Aren't Finished Yet

Mississippi voters on Tuesday knocked down a proposed amendment to their state constitution that would have extended the definition of "personhood" well beyond its current use, placing further restrictions on abortion rights.

That was bad news for the anti-abortion rights movement. It's also a bad omen for the three other personhood amendments floating around in other states, all of which are much less conservative than Mississippi.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:40pm