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QUICK TAKE: Education Department to Investigate Penn State

The federal government is now getting involved with the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that has led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier.

The Department of Education says it's investigating whether the university failed to comply with the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to disclose the number of criminal offenses on campus that are reported each year.

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

Walker Won't Run In Connecticut

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker will not be running for the Senate in Connecticut, he announced in a statement Thursday morning.

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

Report: Reggie Love, Obama's Personal Aide, Leaving White House

Reggie Love, President Obama’s personal aide whom the president has referred to as a “little brother,” is leaving the White House before the end of the year, The Washington Post reported.

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

Hensarling Hasn't Given Up Hope on Super Committee

Super committee co-chair Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, on Thursday said he has not given up hope the panel can reach agreement on a deficit plan.

Hensarling also contradicted the contention of some of his GOP colleagues that Democrats have walked away from the talks.

But he said Republicans have made "considerable concessions," and Democrats still have not offered a plan to deal with the nation's structural deficit "crisis."

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

Coalition To Fight ICANN's New Domain Name Plan

If you can't beat 'em, form a coalition!

Nearly 90 industry groups and companies announced Thursday they have formed a new coalition to try to block a plan, to allow for the introduction of an unlimited number of new Internet addresses. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit group that manages the Internet's "top level" domain name system, plans to vastly expand the domain name space from the 22 groups of names such as .com now available to Internet users to almost any name such as .bank or .angrybirds.

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

QUICK TAKE: Hensarling Hasn't Give Up Hope on Super Committee

Super committee co-chair Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, on Thursday said he has not given up hope the panel can reach agreement on a deficit plan.

Hensarling also contradicted the contention of some of his GOP colleagues that Democrats have walked away from the talks.

But he said Republicans have made "considerable concessions," and Democrats still have not offered a plan to deal with the nation's structural deficit "crisis."

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

How Could Rick Perry Get Rid of the Commerce Department?

Let's take Rick Perry seriously, despite his brain freeze during last night's debate.

He wants to abolish the Commerce Department.

The department is almost 100 years old, founded in 1913. It came about during the end of the Taft administration to be the business counterpart to the Department of Labor. Its left-wing secretaries have included Herbert Hoover, Averill Harriman, Pete Peterson and Malcolm Baldridge. (Okay there was Henry Wallace.)

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Obama Says Republicans Give Him a Leg Up With Latino Voters

Although his approval rating among Latino voters has been hovering around 50 percent, according to Gallup polling, President Obama is convinced that he can win over their votes for one important reason: Republicans can’t.

In a roundtable with Hispanic media at the White House, Obama said that it won’t be hard to pit Latinos against Republican candidates in campaign ads.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Crossroads GPS Ads Hit Dems in Five Senate Races

Updated at 11:29 a.m.

The GOP-aligned super PAC Crossroads GPS is launching a wave of new television ads against three of this cycle's most vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents and two of the party's strongest recruits.

The ads offer an early preview of the lines of attack likely to linger as the cycle progresses and are also a reminder of the significant influence super PACs and other outside groups will have on the 2012 election.

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Rick Perry's Two Non-Answers

Rick Perry is bad in debates. Really bad.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm