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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

Hellmann leaving ITI

Ralph Hellmann, the longtime lobbyist for the Information Technology Industry Council, is leaving at the end of the year after a decade with the organization, according to an email obtained by the Alley. In the note to member companies, Hellmann doesn't say where he's going, only that more details will be forthcoming next week. 

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

Obama: Most Important Task at G-20 Summit to Resolve Europe's Financial Crisis

President Obama met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the Group of 20 summit of the world’s most powerful economies on Thursday.

The two European leaders are working to persuade Greece to accept the bailout package that the European Union proposed last week. And though America may still be “the most important economy in the world,” according to the White House, Obama’s tone on Thursday signaled that, as expected, he will not be taking charge in the negotiations.

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