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Mitt Romney: Fortune's Favorite?

If you’re wondering why Mitt Romney -- despite a health care record that’s anathema to the Republican party, a history of flip-flopping on issues dear to conservatives, and an awkward style on the stump -- is viewed as the most likely GOP nominee in 2012, the answer can be found in a one-word response by one of his rivals in Tuesday’s debate.


Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am

Former Top CIA Lawyer Under Investigation

The Justice Department is investigating whether a former top U.S. intelligence official, John Rizzo, improperly disclosed classified information about the CIA's drone campaign, one of the spy agency's most secretive and politically sensitive programs.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am

Businessmen as Presidents? Not Many Make It Through

Move over, Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst, Wendell Willkie, and Ross Perot. Make room, Steve Forbes, Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Meg Whitman. Add Herman Cain to the long list of successful businessmen and women who succumbed to what they thought was a public clamor for a business resume only to find boardroom skills do not transfer easily to political campaigns.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am

Reporting From Iraq: Iranian Influence Made Clear in Basra -- VIDEO

While in Iraq earlier this fall, National Journal's Yochi J. Dreazen was reporting on Tehran's growing influence in the southern province of Basra when Iranian security guards drew guns on the correspondent and his translator.

They were taking photos of the Iranian consulate, which dominates a section of the oil-rich city’s skyline. An enormous Iranian flag can be seen from half a mile away, ringed by a welter of radio towers and satellite dishes.

The region produces most of Iraq's oil and has been distancing itself from Baghdad.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am

Perry Forgets Energy But His GOP Rivals Forget Europe in GOP Debate

It’s both fitting and unfortunate that Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate will be remembered for Rick Perry spacing on the name of the third federal agency he’d eliminate as president.

Unfortunate, because Perry’s mother-of-all-awkward-moments totally overshadowed the rest of the debate, including the candidates’ answers on how they’d deal with the volcanic economic crisis erupting from Europe.

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

Why Did Perry Get Into The Race, Really?

So I have this theory about why Gov. Rick Perry decided to run for president, despite what appeared to be his instincts telling him that the job just wasn't for him.  There came a point late last Spring when, as you will recall, a number of Republicans who could have posed a challenge to Mitt Romney decided not to.  Mitch Daniels's consultants no longer had a horse to ride. 

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

Perry Can't Remember Agency He Wants to Cut -- VIDEO

At Wednesday's CNBC debate in Michigan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a major gaffe in which he could not remember a federal agency he wanted to cut. (For the record, that agency was the Department of Energy.)


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

A Seniors Moment

Right as seniors are growing in political influence, the nation’s retirees believe they are under assault from both sides. Democrats and Republicans alike have taken firm stands that have angered older voters, leaving a crucial voting bloc up for grabs and without a party they feel comfortable calling an ally.

Seniors “see themselves on the front line” of recent policy debates, said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.

It is a recipe, pollsters and party strategists say, for angering a huge slice of the electorate—the slice that’s most likely to turn out to vote next year.

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

Perry's Senior Moment Lowlight of GOP Debate

An otherwise unremarkable debate marked for its civility took a memorable turn halfway through -- and for all the wrong reasons for Rick Perry. 

The Texas governor couldn't remember one of the three federal departments he proposes eliminating, stumbling for nearly a minute as he tried to recall which one it was. 

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

The Flip-flopper, the Flop and the Fiasco

The flip-flopper. The flop. And the fiasco. That about sums up the GOP presidential lineup Wednesday night as a debate outside Detroit underlined the flaws of the party's headliners: Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.


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Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 10:40pm