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Qaddafi Victims Ask Lawmakers for Help

American victims of state-sponsored Libyan terrorism are on the Hill today and tomorrow, asking lawmakers to address a feared shortfall in a compensation fund for Americans impacted by Muammar el-Qaddafi's violent regime.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:40pm

Fed Holds Steady on Policy, Holds Door Open for Action

The Federal Reserve announced no new policy initiatives on Wednesday but held the door open to further action in the face of stubbornly high unemployment and a weak U.S. housing market.

The central bank had a modestly optimistic take on recent U.S. economic data, noting stronger third-quarter growth, rising household spending and an expansion in business investment. The Fed continues to expect a moderate pace of economic growth.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:40pm

Dems Up To $1.2 Million for Ben Nelson

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., may not be certain about whether he'll run for re-election, but the Nebraska Democratic Party is sure sinking a lot of money into their hopes that he will.

Nebraska Democrats have spent a total of just under $1.25 million on television ads on Nelson's behalf, including $138,658 in ads running this week and $139,968 running next week, according to a Republican source who keeps track of ad buys.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:40pm

Report: Defense Lobbying Playing Role in SupComm Fight

Some lawmakers looking to trim government spending are wary of cutting the defense budget, but the reasons may go beyond national security. A new report shows that the defense industry has donated some big bucks to Super Committee members, our colleague Kevin Baron reports in today's NJ Daily. Plus, 22 of the panel members' former staffers are now defense-industry lobbyists.

Baron has more (for subscribers):

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:40pm

Cain: Factions Are Out to "Destroy Me”

McLEAN, Va.--During a spectacularly bad week for his GOP presidential campaign, businessman Herman Cain complained to a large audience of technology executives on Wednesday morning that “there are factions that are trying to destroy me.”

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:40pm

Obama at Key Bridge: Stalling Infrastructure Bill 'Makes Absolutely No Sense'

Making the case once again for a federal infrastructure bank, President Obama spoke on Wednesday at Key Bridge, which spans between D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood and Arlington, Va. The speech is well-timed, given that the Senate is expected to vote on Obama’s infrastructure bill Thursday, but it is unlikely to garner any more congressional support than the president’s last bridge speech.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Reading Between The Lines Of The Quinnipiac Poll

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Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Energy Stimulus Money Mired in Investigations, Bad Management—IG

More than 100 investigations and overall bad management of almost $40 billion have mired the federal government’s efforts to jump-start the clean-energy economy, a top government watchdog testified to Congress on Wednesday.

“A combination of massive funding, high expectations, and inadequate infrastructure resulted, at times, in less than optimal performance,” Gregory Friedman, the Energy Department's inspector general, said at a House oversight hearing Wednesday morning.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Americans For Prosperity Ad Attacks Obama Over Solyndra, Crony Capitalism

The conservative group Americans For Prosperity is out with a new $2.4 million ad campaign that accuses President Obama of crony capitalism for pushing loans to Solyndra and other solar companies that have donated money to Democratic causes.

"Is this the change we're supposed to believe in?" the ad says. "Tell President Obama: You shouldn't use taxpayer dollars for political favors."

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

New Hampshire Picks Jan. 10; Primary Calendar Set

It’s official: The Republican presidential primary calendar is set for 2012.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced on Wednesday that the Granite State’s primary will be held on Jan. 10, making it the second-in-the-nation nominating contest and falling exactly one week after Iowa holds its caucus. South Carolina will be next, with a Jan. 21 primary, followed by Florida on Jan. 31.

But after intervention by the Republican National Committee officials, Nevada opted to relent and to hold its caucuses on Feb. 4.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:40pm