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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

Music Video on Redistricting Skewers Corporations, Special Interests -- VIDEO

ProPublica on Wednesday released an animated music video to illustrate the findings from their investigative report into corporations and special interests influencing the redistricting process. ProPublica reports:

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:40am

Cain's Foreign Policy Flubs

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Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:40am

AFP pounds Obama over Solyndra

Americans For Prosperity, the conservative organization bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers, says it is launching a $2.4 million ad campaign in Florida and other states condemning President Obama for awarding half a billion dollars in economic stimulus money to a solar panel company that has gone bankrupt.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:40am

Ignoring advice, Bachmann hires in SC

Two weeks after Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's staff in New Hampshire up and quit, she is announcing a seven-member team in South Carolina headed by Ron Thomas, a former political director of the state party.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:40am