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Poll: Obama Running Strong Among Latino Voters

A new Univision poll of Latino voters in 21 states shows President Obama running as strong as he did among that key -- and growing -- voting group in 2008.

According to the poll, conducted by Latino Decisions, when Obama is matched against the three top GOP contenders, he earns between 65 and 68 percent of the vote. In 2008, Obama won 67 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to exit polls that showed Hispanics accounted for 9 percent of the electorate.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:40am

Cornyn Says Holder Didn't Acquit Himself on 'Fast and Furious'

Attorney General Eric Holder failed to acquit himself at a Tuesday hearing on the botched investigation of arms traffickers known as Operation Fast and Furious, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, charged in a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends.

Operation Fast and Furious has been under scrutiny since it was revealed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms allowed weapons to fall into the hands of violent criminals in Mexico and the body of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was discovered near two of those guns.

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

Wal-Mart Plans to Enter Health Care Market

Wal-Mart Stores - the nation's largest retailer and biggest private employer -- now wants to dominate a growing part of the health care market, offering a range of medical services from basic prevention to management of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, National Public Radio and Kaiser Health News have learned.

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

Hotline Sort: Scott Brown, Under Fire

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. A Mississippi initiative which would have expanded the definition of the word "person" to the moment of fertilization, is soundly defeated, while an anti-labor law is repealed in Ohio. Meanwhile, there were no surprises in the gubernatorial races and control of the Virginia state Senate is up in the air. And Cain says he's not dropping out and Scott Brown breaks with the NRA. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Walmart Plans to Enter Health Care Market

Walmart - the nation's largest retailer and biggest private employer -- now wants to dominate a growing part of the health care market, offering a range of medical services from basic prevention to management of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, NPR and Kaiser Health News have learned.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Man Charged With USS Cole Bombing Will Face Judge

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi man charged in the attacks of the USS Cole and a French oil tanker in 2000 is finally going before a judge after nearly a decade of confinement, the Associated Press reports. He is the first Guantanamo prisoner to be charged with war crimes, which carry the possibility of a death sentence, since President Obama took office.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Democrats Score Some Big Wins on Election Night

On Election Day 2012, Democrats will be defending the presidency and a Senate at serious risk of flipping control, as well as trying to make gains in the House, where they are the minority party.

But there was plenty for the party to celebrate on Election Day 2011.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 8:40am

NRCC Advertising Against Schrader, Rahall

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is going up on Wednesday with television ads targeting Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., over their votes for the 2009 stimulus bill.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 7:40am

Mitt and The Tale of Two Op-Eds

In advance of tonight's debate in Michigan, Mitt Romney has posted a CNBC op-ed bemoaning the economic woes confronting Detroit, "the city of my birth." While he acknowledges that "President Obama inherited an economy in crisis," Romney adds, "he proceeded to make it worse." He denounces the administration's alternative energy projects as "expensive fads," a line likely to be popular in Motown, where fuel efficiency standards and the like have long been scorned even by local Democrats.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 7:40am

Voter Tide Still Not Turning Against Cain

SPARTANBURG -- One day after Sharon Bialek put a name and a face to the allegations of sexual harassment that have loomed over presidential candidate Herman Cain for more than a week, many voters are still giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:40am